Harry Stinson (musician)

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Harry Stinson
BornNashville, Tennessee
GenresRock music, Country music
Years active1970–present
LabelsDead Reckoning Records

Harry Stinson is an American multi-instrumentalist, noted as a session drummer and vocalist in the Nashville music community. He is also a songwriter and producer.


Stinson grew up in Nashville, where he grew to love country music. He was in a high school band with Morris West, son of country star Dottie West. In 1970, Stinson first worked professionally in Dottie West's band the Heartaches, touring with Red Sovine and Don Gibson, and appearing on the Grand Ole Opry.[1]

In 1974, Stinson substituted for Willie Leacox for the band America's tour.[1][2]


Then Stinson moved to California, where he joined the band Silver with John Batdorf, Tom Leadon, Brent Mydland, and Greg Collier. Silver had one top 20 hit in 1976 with "Wham Bam."[3] Silver recorded one album, but broke up before recording another.[4]

Steve Earle and the Dukes[edit]

In 1985, Stinson moved back to Nashville, and spent two years as a member of Steve Earle's band, the Dukes, along with Bucky Baxter, Richard Bennett, Ken Moore, Emory Gordy, Jr., John Jarvis, Steve Nathan, and Paul Franklin.[5] Stinson toured and also played on Earle's first few albums.[6][7]

Dead Reckoning[edit]

In the mid-nineties, Stinson founded Dead Reckoning Records with Kieran Kane, Kevin Welch, Tammy Rogers, and Mike Henderson.[8] He also performed live with The Dead Reckoners.[3][9] Stinson also helped form Kevin Welch's band, the Overtones, with Mike Henderson, Glenn Worf, and Kieran Kane.[10]

Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives[edit]

In 2002, Marty Stuart formed the Fabulous Superlatives, including Stinson, Kenny Vaughan, and Paul Martin.[11][12][13][14] The band has been an anchor of The Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV.[15]

Session work and touring[edit]

Stinson has worked with Jimmy Buffett, Jay Ferguson, Al Stewart, Etta James, Peter Frampton, Juice Newton, Elton John, Bob Seger, Leon Russell, Corb Lund, Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle, Bette Midler, Faith Hill, Patty Loveless, George Jones, Nicolette Larson,[16] Neil Diamond, Lyle Lovett, and Earl Scruggs.

Television and Cinema[edit]

Stinson appeared in Bette Midler’s film The Rose as part of Monty's Band.[17]

Stinson was a member of TNN’s American Music Shop house band, with Mark O'Connor, Jerry Douglas, Brent Mason, Glenn Worf, John Jarvis, and Matt Rollings.[18]


Stinson co-wrote "Let It Be You" for Ricky Skaggs,[19] "Wild Angels" for Martina McBride,[20][21] "You Give Me Love" for Faith Hill,[22] "It’s All Up To You" for Steve Earle and "Where Was I" for Ricky Van Shelton.


Solo albums[edit]

  • 2011: Who is This Man? (self-released)
  • 2015: Look Out Heart! (self-released)

With Silver[edit]

With Steve Earle and the Dukes[edit]

With Kevin Welch and the Overtones[edit]

With the Dead Reckoners[edit]

With Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives[edit]

As composer[edit]

Also appears on[edit]

1979 - 1984[edit]

1985 - 1989[edit]

1990 - 1994[edit]

1995 - 1999[edit]

2000 - present[edit]


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  2. ^ John Hartmann (August 13, 2009). "Hartmann's Law #1: The Show Just Go On". Holdogim Music. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Joel Bernstein (March 1, 1997). "Dead Reckoners are alive and well, on their own". Country Standard Time. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  4. ^ Gary Stoller. "John Batdorf on the Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, More". No Depression. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
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  6. ^ Jeff Niesel (October 27, 2016). "Singer-Guitarist Steve Earle to Play His Debut Album, 'Guitar Town,' In Its Entirety". Cleveland Scene. Retrieved October 13, 2017.
  7. ^ Rich Kienzle (May 1, 2017). "Guitar Town 30th Anniversary: Hillbilly Highway". Vintage Guitar. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  8. ^ Geoffrey Himes (August 7, 1995). "Dead Reckoning Artists". Washington Post. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
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  12. ^ "Marty Stuart Fan Page: The Band". Sherry. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
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  15. ^ Hal Horowitz (May 3, 2017). "Marty Stuart's Wild West". American Songwriter. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  16. ^ staff (June 2, 1986). "Picks and Pans Review: Rose of My Heart". People. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  17. ^ Childs, T. Mike (November 6, 2004). The Rocklopedia Fakebandica. Macmillan. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  18. ^ Wayne Bledsoe (July 3, 1993). "TNN's 'American Music Shop' Brings Top Performers Together". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  19. ^ "Album Review: Ricky Skaggs – 'Kentucky Thunder'". My Kind of Country. October 19, 2012. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  20. ^ Robynn Jaymes (May 7, 2014). "The Story Behind "Wild Angels" by Martina McBride". WSLC 94.9 FM. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  21. ^ Stephen L. Betts (December 2, 2014). "Songwriter Spotlight: Matraca Berg". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  22. ^ Dickerson, James (June 23, 2001). Faith Hill: Piece of My Heart. Macmillan. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  23. ^ Rob Caldwell (January 8, 2017). "Silver: Silver". Bargain Bin Babylon. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  24. ^ Walter Tunis (June 21, 2012). "Country guitarist Kenny Vaughan steps out on his own". Lexington Herald Leader. Retrieved October 14, 2017.

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