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Brad Stivers

January 15 @ 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

$Tips USD

One of the hottest new young singers and guitar players coming out of Austin, Texas, Brad Stivers is making a name for himself through his ferocious guitar playing and powerful signature vocal style. By blending elements of blues, soul, and rock and roll, Stivers has created a sound all his own while showing respect to the legends that came before him.

Born in 1991 to a military family, Stivers and family moved around a lot before landing in Arlington, Washington in 2002. Stivers’ parents were not musicians, but music lovers to be sure. Stivers’ father encouraged him to follow his interest in music and it was in Washington where Brad started taking guitar lessons and attending local blues jams. After hearing sounds from the likes of BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jonny Lang, Brad was completely hooked on their music.

In 2010, after moving to Colorado to attend university for music, Stivers formed his first working blues band called, Bad Brad & The Fat Cats, with fellow music students. From 2010-2014, Brad and his band played all around Colorado at major regional festivals such as New West Fest/ Bohemian Nights in Fort Collins, Greeley Blues Jam Festival, Carbon Valley Music Fest, and various clubs around the state. It was with this band that Stivers would represent the Colorado Blues Society at the 2014 International Blues Challenge, where the band made it to the final round at The Orpheum Theater in Memphis.

After finishing school in Colorado, Brad relocated to Austin, Texas in 2015, where he resides today. While in Austin, he has sharpened his skills as a guitarist, vocalist, and performer by playing with and being a part of the rich musical culture that exists in the “Live Music Capitol Of The World.” In 2017, Stivers released his debut solo record, “Took You Long Enough”, on the well known roots label, Vizztone Label Group. With that release, Stivers gained attention from roots music lovers across the globe, establishing himself as an up-and-comer and even receiving airplay on Sirius XM’s Bluesville, as well as many Roots Radio programs in various countries. Not long after his debut release, he joined Canadian transplant turned Austin-resident Lindsay Beaver, who immediately started touring up until the release of her debut album, “Tough As Love” with legendary blues label, Alligator Records in 2018, on which Stivers plays guitar on every track.

When he is not touring with Lindsay Beaver or his own band, you can find Brad playing at various clubs around Austin, as well as at the legendary blues club, Antone’s, on Monday nights with his band, and Tuesday nights with Lindsay’s band.

In April of 2020, Stivers will hit the road on a tour through California in support of his sophomore release on the Vizztone Label Group. More Information Soon!

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