Mike Stinson

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McGonigel's Mucky Duck says
Mike Stinson took a leap of faith three years ago, chucking his crown as the reigning king of Los Angeles honky tonkers aside, loading a U-Haul and heading for Texas.

Since arriving in Houston in June 2009, it hasn’t been easy; he’s had to claw and scratch and hustle to learn the ways and mores of the Texas scene. But 2012 finally saw Stinson turn a certain corner as he began to attract the attention of more venues, particularly in Austin.

In the past year, though still based in Houston, he and his band have earned their spurs by becoming one of the only Houston roots acts who can regularly draw a decent payday in the Live Music Capitol. They’ve become favorites of the savvy dance crowd at Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon, the longtime stronghold of artists like Dale Watson, Billy Dee and Rick Broussard.

He also finally came to the attention of the Continental Club as well as newer venues like the White Horse and Blackheart. And he’s been hand-picked to open shows for Dwight Yoakam, the Gourds, Chuck Prophet and roots rock icon Joe Ely. Not many so-called honky tonk bands are up to that task.
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By: McGonigel's Mucky Duck

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