October 3rd, 2023 7pm Stage 1
Al Staehely is the only person on the planet who has both played Carnegie Hall and provided
legal services for Stevie Ray Vaughan. Soon after arriving in Los Angeles in 1971, he and his
brother John were asked to join the critically acclaimed band, Spirit. With Al as the band’s new
lead vocalist, bass player, and chief songwriter and John taking over lead guitar duties from
Randy California, Spirit recorded the album, Feedback, in November of 1971.
In 1980, Staehely returned to Texas and pulled his law degree out of the drawer. Lawyer by day,
musician by night. Al did shows with Roy Orbison, Jefferson Starship, Emmylou Harris – two
European tours with John Cipollina and Nick Gravenitis (of Quicksilver Messenger Service and
Electric Flag, respectively) documented by the LP, Monkey Medicine, which was recorded in
Hamburg and featured three of Al’s songs. Back in Texas, he even played a show with Rodney
Dangerfield! Just as he was beginning to build his law practice, Polydor Records came calling and
in 1982 Staehaley’s Comet, Al’s long-awaited solo record, was released – but only in Europe.
In 2011, Steady Boy Records oversaw the first US release of the Polydor album, with the new
title, Al Staehely and 10k Hours. In 2013, Cadillac Cowboys, an EP by Al Staehely and the
Explosives, was also released on SteadyBoy Records. In more recent years, he has returned to
the studio and continues to play live – frequently with his brother John, Freddie Steady Krc,
Mike Rosenbaum and sax player Evelyn Rubio.
– Somewhere in West Texas, the new album by Americana singer-songwriter Al
Staehely is charting #97 on Americana Radio cracking the Top 100, #1 NACC Most Added Folk
and #16 on Alt Country Specialty.