Carra “Mamma Coal” Stasney is a singer-songwriter steeped in the traditional sounds of country and roots music. Carra was born and raised near Detroit MI and recently transplanted to Tucson after living in Portland Oregon. Her mission as a musician is to connect and uplift people through her performance. Whether leading a six-piece band, or playing a solo set, she brings her full soul and spirit to each song.
Carra cut her country music teeth by playing in several classic country cover bands, singing songs by her heroes like Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Loretta Lynn. She also had the opportunity to regularly sing June Carter’s parts with a Johnny Cash tribute band. A committed songwriter, she’s released four albums of original music, two as band leader with American Cosmos and Copper & Coal, and two solo efforts. Her last album Raven Haired Vixen was inspired by Willie Nelson’s narrative concept album Red Headed Stranger. Saving Country Music writer Kyle Coroneos wrote of the album, “Mamma Coal has made an answer to Red Headed Stranger from a strong female point of view, and in a way that both rises to the challenge, honors the original effort, and perhaps most importantly, highlights her gifts to music as a singer and songwriter.” You can hear it on Spotify, Amazon, Apple Music and YouTube.
Alvin Blaine’s career took off after performing Wildwood Flower for his dad at age 5. Up to that point, Dad had prohibited the kids from playing any of his many instruments that graced the living room of Alvin’s childhood.
Since then, as a multi-genre, multi-instrumentalist musician, Alvin has performed in countless bands as a treasured and skilled sideman. With 25 years in Las Vegas as a professional musician, he played everything from cowboy swing to jazz, blues, and country standards on the energized Vegas circuit honing his many skills.
Additionally, many may recognize Alvin from his years behind the boards as the primary sound technician for Old Blue Sound, and specifically for 15 years at Pickin’ in the Pines, contributing to its outstanding success as the premier festival of the Southwest.
On pedal steel, dobro, banjo, guitar and mandolin, basically all things with strings—oh and let us not forget accordion—Alvin is a truly gifted musician and generous instructor.
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