The list of who Harry Stinson has worked with reads like a veritable Who's Who of the music industry--and not just in the country genre. He's done R&B, pop, rock...you name it. To mention just some of the people he's recorded with: Clint Black, Suzy Boggus, Brooks and Dunn, Jimmy Buffett, Roseanne Cash, Kenny Chesney, Rodney Crowell, Iris Dement, Neil Diamond, Radney Foster, Peter Frampton, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Faith Hill, Etta James, Flaco Jiminez, George Jones, Patty Loveless, Lyle Lovett, The Mavericks, Reba McEntire, Bette Midler, Allison Moorer, Michael Martin Murphey, Lee Roy Parnell, Dolly Parton, Leon Russell, Bob Seger, George Strait, Marty Stuart, Randy Travis, Conway Twitty, Steve Wariner, Hank Williams, Jr., Kelly Willis and Trisha Yearwood--and that's fewer than half of the various artists he's performed with.
Harry grew up in Nashville, and as a teenager was in a rock band with Dottie West's son--leading to his first touring experience, as a part of Dottie's band. He was soon picked up for an occasional gig with the hit soft-rock group America, and moved to California. There he formed the pop-rock group Silver, who had a hit with "Wham Bam Shang-A-Lang" (remember that one?), before moving back home to Nashville in the mid-'80s, where he quickly became one of Steve Earle's Dukes right as Earle was breaking through with MCA. After a year and a half with Earle, a stint with Lyle Lovett followed and by 1988 Harry had become one of the Overtones with Kevin Welch, with whom he would later form Dead Reckoning.
Although Harry describes himself as a "back door man," he acquits himself nicely as a lead singer, as well (check out "Always Will" on the A Night of Reckoning CD). But he's also a producer, doing records for Trisha Yearwood as well as all of his Dead Reckoning partners. He was the house drummer on The American Music Shop for four years and the musical director of TNN's Live at the Ryman.
He co-wrote Martina McBride's hit "Wild Angels," which received a Songwriter Achievement award for 1996 from Nashville Songwriters Association International, and has also written songs recorded by a wide range of artists including Steve Earle, Wynonna, Patty Loveless, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Dan Seals, Ricky Skaggs and Ricky Van Shelton, among many others.
Truly a multi-talented individual, Harry appeared on nearly a dozen albums in 2001 alone.
What the Critics SayTammy Rogers:
"The CD is expertly produced by Rogers and Harry Stinson, who have used Stinson's drum work (he's Dead Reckoning's house drummer and producer) to give this CD a rock-solid, satisfying groove."--Beverly Greenfield, acousticmusic.com
A Night of Reckoning:
“Harry Stinson, who produced and plays percussion, steps up to the mike on 'Always Will' and
proves we need to hear more from him....an excellent album, full of blood
and fire."--Lonesome Highway The Blue Chair:
“Harry Stinson, who produced and plays percussion, steps up to the mike on 'Always Will' and proves we need to hear more from him....an excellent album, full of blood and fire."--Lonesome Highway
The Blue Chair:
With The Dead ReckonersA Night of Reckoning, 1997
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