I have been working with The Staks band for a year or two now and it’s now become blatently obvious to me that there is something very, very, special building here. When I first saw and heard them, I was a little confused. There were so many people in the band and their sound was mind-blowing! They are such brilliant musicians & singers. I mean WORLD CLASS. I realised that they were not the first giant group of musicians to get together. For example, Joe Cocker did it with Leon Russell back around 1970 with his ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ tour. Then there were a few other bands with lots of members. I am not referring to Goldie Looking Chain or Polyphonic Spree, all of whom had loads of members. Staks are very different. The Staks Band are fast becoming the band that everyone wants to perform with. Just to make things even more exciting for Staks is the fact that, quite often now, they have the AMAZING singer and absolutely lovely guy, Steve Overland as lead vocals. I have to say, he is also one hell of a songwriter as well. Steve is away on another mission this weekend, but, the fabulous Robert Hart from Manfred Mann is jumping in with the equally brilliant Vanessa Haynes from Incognito. The quality within this band is IMMENSE. In fact, I havent seen this before in my short (not so short) life in the music business. Some of the people who have performed with Staks are Steve Winwood, Joss Stone, Jack Bruce, Lulu, Imelda May, Paul Carrack, Natalie Imbruglia & Beverley Knight.
Now, this is big news! This Sunday (Tomorrow), at Cornbury Music Festival in Oxfordshire UK, SAM MOORE, the Original Soul Man, (Sam & Dave), has flown in from the US to perfoming exclusively with The Staks Band. This will be Sam’s only performance whilst here in the UK. Sam arrived a few days ago from the USA and there have been a few rehearsals just to get things arranged perfectly. I have seen quite a few familiar faces in the audience at their small intimate gigs and we all know that somethig very exciting is building. I can’t say who, but I understand that there some other amazing artists who have said that they want to come along and play with Staks. Just to add to the excitement of The Staks world, vocal legend Madeline Bell has flown in to join Staks on backing vocals for Sam Moore. YES! Madeline Bell… This is no ordinary band. I love it that lots of people who read my blogs are messaging me and asking me to let them know when and where Staks are performing next. Oh, how funy, as I write this, Sam Moore has just come on loud and clear over the radio with ‘Soul Man’. How funnny is that. Maybe I will see some of you at Cornbury Music Festival this Sunday. We are on the main stage around lunchtime, I think. My friend Paul Carrack follows us on main stage and then The Beachboys headline. Not to forget, another friend of mine, the amazing Chris Difford (SQUEEZE) is also playing on another stage around 4pm.
Here are a few photos from the rehearsals in London over the last couple of days. If you cant get to Cornbury, then add your name & email address to our mail list which will pop up on this website and we will send out a newsletter when The MIGHTY Staks Band are performing next.