What is Red Dirt Music?
Red dirt music sprung up from the rock red soil of Oklahoma and quickly spread to hills of central Texas. Defying genre classifications, red dirt music–like the hearty souls of the land in which it thrives–makes good use of all that’s at hand. It’s honest, raw, tender, compassionate, and tough. In the red dirt spirit, Stumble East mixes music that we brought with us to this land–Memphis blues and country and Midwest rock and pop–with all the sounds and experiences we discovered when we arrived. We honestly write, play, and sing what we passionately feel. We play from our hearts in the heart of red dirt country.
We’re a Travelin’ Band
We’re red dirt and that means we play and perform on both sides of the Red River. This summer we’ll even be returning to Kenosha, Wisconsin to play multiple venues over the 4th of July weekend. So don’t be surprised when we come to a back yard or dive near you. If it’s taking too long and you can’t wait, just send up a flare and we’ll be there!
Influences & Inspirations
Over the years the band has played many different types of music. Kevin Hall has always been influenced by singer/song writers–B.W. Stevenson, John Prine, Jim Croce, Jackson Browne, Carol King, Patty Griffin, Chris Stapleton, to name just a few. (One could name the now Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan, but who wouldn’t?!) Every July you’ll find him in the heart and heat of Oklahoma, soaking in the sounds at Oklahoma’s Woody Fest. Held in Okemah, Woody Guthrie’s hometown, the festival is a mid-summer mecca for some of the world’s best and most fiercely independent red dirt/folk artists. Kevin continues to draw inspiration from those independent song writers calling their own shots and taking their own creative chances. Kevin’s original music reflects this influence with many compelling songs written from the soul, and often on the road.
Jay Tracy’s influences started in the psychedelic 60’s and his curiosity with Jim Morrison and the Doors. He is also influenced by today’s hard rock scene, not the metal rock where the singer sounds like Satan stabbed him in the throat, but the more melodic hard rock like Pop Evil, FFDP, Red Sun Rising, and scores of others. If Kevin’s favorite musical pilgrimage takes him to Okemah each summer, Jay has for years made the trek to Pryor for Rocklahoma. A StumbleEast set list without some well placed rock just wouldn’t be StumbleEast.
How is such a hodgepodge of mixes, genres, and influences Red Dirt? Simple. As Red Dirt icon Woody Guthrie himself said, folk music is simply music folks like!
Playing At A Fine Establishment or Dive Bar Near You . . .
Saturday, December 21st, 2019, 6-8:30. The Shed, Meeker, OK. Return engagement for us at this fabulous eatery in downtown Meeker.
Saturday, October 12th, 2019, 8-11 p.m. Sancho Ancho. Cool new place to eat and drink in Shawnee, OK. Playing originals and classic covers.
Friday, October 11th, 2019, 7-9 p.m. The Gather Place. A great place to hang out on Main Street Shawnee, OK. Good coffee, relaxing vibe.
Tuesday, September 17th, 2019, 3:30 p.m. Oklahoma State Fair. We’ll be playing in the Bandshell at the State Fair from 3:30-4:00 p.m. We’ll pack in as many of our originals as we can. See you then!
Saturday, September 7th, 2019, 2-3:00 p.m. Pott County Fair. Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, Shawnee, OK. Throw on your boots and jeans and head on out to this great little fair. This is our 3rd year in row and this classic event. All you want in a county fair, including StumbleEast!
Friday, August 17th, 2019, time TBA. ShawneeStock!! Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Woodstock. Games, costume contests and live music!! We’ll be playing our favorites from Woodstock. Family event for all ages in downtown Shawnee, OK. Sponsored by Shawnee’s Safe Events for Families (SEFF). Check their Face Book page for details.
Friday, May 31st, 2019, 7-9 p.m., The Gathering Place, Main Street, Shawnee America. Wonderful coffee shop and community hangout in downtown Shawnee.
Thursday, May 2nd, 2019, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Arts “Off the Wall” Fundraiser, Shawnee, OK. Wonderful event in support of a local treasure.
Friday, April 20th, 6-9 p.m., The Arts @ 317, Main St., Shawnee, OK. Return engagement at this fabulous art studio with a cool intimate listening room in back. This time we’ll be joined by the extraordinary young singer-songwriter, Lux Olyvia. Always glad to share the stage with her!
Saturday, April 14th, 11:00 a.m. & 3:00 p.m., Arts Trek at Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art, Shawnee, OK. Come visit this great annual community event. Tons of artists and vendors and us, StumbleEast! We’ll be playing in the courtyard and 11 and then on main outdoor stage at 3:00. See you there!
Friday, February 16th, 6-9 p.m. Ritz Theater, Shawnee, OK. StumbleEast, in conjunction with Safe Events for Families (SEFF), will be hosting an evening of music, poetry, and art as a benefit for the historic Ritz Theater. General admission with donations at the door. Joining us will be Lux Olyvia, a young singer/song writer you’ve got to hear to believe. We are also thrilled to announce that renowned poet William Bernhardt (http://www.williambernhardt.com/) will be reading some of his wonderful poems for us. Local artists will be on display and Red Dirt Press will have a table with their fine books along with local authors. A fun event for a great cause!
Saturday, August 19th, 7-??, Fuzzy’s Tacos, Waco, TX. This is a fun venue with an outdoor, covered patio perfect for enjoying some great food, good drinks, and fun music.
Saturday, September 9th, 2-3 p.m., Pott County Fair, Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center, Shawnee, OK. It may be hot, but not as hot as the music! Lots of good music throughout the day and plenty of fun fair stuff. Hope to see you there.
Friday, September 15th. 6:30-8:30, The Arts at 317, 317 E. Main Street, Shawnee, OK. Should be a great evening as downtown Shawnee comes alive when the community celebrates together with its monthly “Downtown Block Party.”
Saturday, September 30th, Fuzzy’s Tacos, Waco, TX. As you might have noticed, this is starting to be a regular gig for us. We like it and know you will too. Good food, good drinks, good music.
Friday, October 6th, 6-9, La Baguette in OKC. The good folks at Red Dirt Press have been kind enough to feature Stumble East in their Fall 2017 edition of Red Dirt Forum. To kick off their new publication year, Red Dirt Press is hosting a reception for a few of their friends and contributors. Unbelievably, we’ll get to play a few of our songs in the company of some of the region’s most notable literary lights. It’s an invitation only event, but if you’d like to come, let us know and we’ll tell ’em your with the band.
Friday, October 20th, “Boo on Bell” with Stumble East & Led Zeppelin tribute band, Ritz Theater, Shawnee, OK. When you’re asked to play warm-up for the premiere Led Zeppelin tribute band from Tulsa, you gonna say “no”? Not us! We’re really stoked about this. Two shows, 6 and 9. Tickets are just 15 bucks and will sell out fast. Led Zeppelin baby!!!
Playing from the soul. Contact us via the contact page for booking information.