Staton-House Band

November Girl: The Lost SHB Classic?

Today we will attempt to explain the history of the lost SHB track “November Girl”. A song that every true fan knows about, but has never heard. The song was written during the same flurry of activity that resulted in many Christopher House penned classics about Janine (and the mythical Kitchen Sessions). All signs point to the […]

REVIEW: Staton-House Band (The Green Album)

Happy New Year all…Again, thought it would be fun to share my original 2005 review (from my Evergreen State College school paper, The Cooper Point Journal) of the band’s self titled 2nd album (that we all affectionately call The Green Album). – Finger Following on the heels of their engaging debut album, Joy Motel, The Staton-House […]

REVIEW: Live From Grimey’s/Nashville

Hope you all had a great labor day! Here’s another one of my SHB reviews from back in the day. – Finger   Live From Grimey’s/Nashville “Performing is the best thing for a musician. It keeps our music alive and breathing. That’s too important to give up. I really don’t think I’ll ever stay off […]

How Did the Staton-House Band Form?

From all known accounts, it began with a snowstorm. Highway 119 outside of Nederland, Colorado, to be exact. Tom Staton was a solo artist, another songwriter lugging his own equipment, on his way into Boulder for a show at the Nugget Saloon. Staton, feeling drowsy from the long and tortuous ride, pulled into the graveled […]

REVIEW: Mumble and Shine

Another early review from my archives. I hope you like it. – Mike Finger Mumble and Shine With the release of the new Staton-House Band album, Mumble and Shine, SHB is in the same situation U2 was in with The Joshua Tree, Radiohead was in with Kid A, and R.E.M. was in after the release of Green. When a band […]

Touring Before Joy Motel

Here’s a piece I’ve created about SHB’s early days touring the bars in Colorado. – Finger In late 2003, the Staton-House Band tested their mettle by renting out a garage in the outskirts of Boulder, behind an Outback Steakhouse. They began to write songs, day and night. “I became a vegetarian that first week,” says Tom. […]

REVIEW: In The World

Another review from my early writing days… – Finger There is a lot riding on this album. After building a loyal following with their first two albums (Joy Motel, Staton-House Band,) the band’s third album, Alexander Street, shot the band up to top-billing across the country and into a major name. Two years later (and […]

REVIEW: Joy Motel

Let’s kick off things with my review of the band’s debut album, Joy Motel from my early writing days for The Cooper Point Journal at Evergreen State College… – Finger If everybody weren’t so willing to apply the term “genius” to anything that catches their ear and impresses them . . . then the justified application of the word […]

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