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StompBoxTrio is a Western MA-based band that blends classic 20th-century American music with 21st-century mojo to create a sonic, soulful, hip-shaking sound all their own.
StompBoxTrio came together as a one-off gig project, but after the first rehearsal together, they found that their collective sound, feel, and mutual love & admiration for American roots and blues music, history & tradition was something they wanted to share with people of all ages for a long time to come...
Evelyn Harris - vocals & percussion
John Cabán - dobro, vocals & stompbox
David Rodriguez - wood bass, vocals &
Evelyn Harris has been a force on the Western Mass / Pioneer Valley music scene for many, many years, though she hails from Richmond, Virginia, where her experiences singing in church fueled her passion for exploring all other genres as well. Classically trained at Howard University, Evelyn was soon supporting herself by working in the DC jazz community, mentored by Hilton Felton and Donald Byrd. Harris’s musical style and her later ensemble collaborations reflect the pull of so many talented musicians playing in the DC area, including Sweet Honey In The Rock. In its infancy, Evelyn found her place and developed as a composer, arranger and lead singer with the group for 18 years, performing with them for the first time in 1974. Evelyn Harris is a powerhouse vocalist, who creates stirring interpretations of every song she touches.
Guitarist, composer, and producer John Cabán has roots that run deep in the blues, funk, r&b, ambient, experimental and world music that has helped inspire StompBoxTrio. His distinctive dobro guitar style brings a rich, lyrical and at times, haunting dynamic to the music. The Western Mass native spent 20+ years living in Brooklyn, New York where he played, toured, and/or recorded with many diverse artists from all over the globe including Richard Bona, KJ Denhert, Alana Davis, Art Neville, Eddie Kramer, Bo Diddley (RIP), Kenny Kirkland (RIP), Gianna Nannini, Alidu, Vast Ed Vadas (RIP), John Cruz, Gloria Gaynor, his electric project Galvanizer and many others.
David Rodriguez has been committed to the upright bass for over 20 years. Multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, accompanist and teacher, David has been exploring the rhythmic relationships across the US from coast to coast, in Japan and Europe. He has connected musically with some of the earth’s finest players, such as Lester Bowie (RIP), Josh Roseman, Takeshi Kawabata and Geza Carr. Having recently relocated from Tokyo to his childhood home of Western Mass, David is an active member of its lively music scene. He is dedicated to both preserving timeless forms and realizing new ones.