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Our Story

His was hard rock and heavy metal. Hers was the classic sound of the East Texas piney woods. Theirs was a fiery collision, bearing forth a sound that was at once novel and instantly familiar--nodding to roots seated deep in high lonesome harmonies and back porch blues, while peering out at a scorched path bound by modern assertions and contemporary commentary. 

This two-person, dozen-instrument act provides a show full of sound a fury, punctuated with raw, quiet vulnerability. Come welcome them as they bring you back home. 

This Texas-based band released their debut full-length album, "Watershed," in 2014. Produced by Brad Sayles (Houston Symphony) and featuring Max Dyer (cello) and Kevin Hardin (fiddle), "Watershed" guides listeners through a unique and thorough journey of roots music set in the modern day. This album was the much-anticipated follow-up to their EP, "Trainwreck Junkyard" (2013). 

A new album of gospel songs and traditional songs will be released in June 2017, with a major new release expected in 2018. 

Behind Grifters & Shills are John and Rebecca Stoll. The pair met and began playing music together in 2008. Their first band, Westbound, released two albums--"Now & Then" (2012) and "Blackjack Road (2010). 

Music from all of their albums is playing on left-end-of-the-dial radio stations across the country. 

Guest Appearances 
Grifters & Shills have also been featured on albums from other artists, including Texas favorites Zach Tate (Serious Man - 2014; End of Time - 2012) and Myrna Sanders (Big Head Diva - 2012), as well as various compilation albums (Texas Music Selections - 2015; Quote Your Pulse: Covers Compilation - 2012; Oasis Rock and Roots Sampler - 2010). They have also appeared in Musician’s Friend advertisements in Guitar World, Mix, Electronic Musician and Modern Drummer magazines.