Brett Staggs began writing songs as a teenager while raising hell on a horse farm in Williamsport, PA (home of the Little League World Series). Learning to drive in Dad’s pick-up, Brett could be seen with his dog in the passenger seat bopping around the hay fields listening to country and rock radio. And in those same fields every summer the family and neighbors would bale that hay and stack it in the old busted barn set atop the ravine... teasing a horse or two back to the barn with an apple.
If it’s true that our past makes us who we are, then Brett Staggs was made in the country, and his music draws heavily from that environment and mindset. After a short stint in Austin as a drummer/back-up vocalist (Slowtrain, Ricky Stein, Graham Weber, TommyWomack) Staggs landed in Pittsburgh, PA in 2010 inspired to begin writing and performing in earnest
Social Distortion, The Traveling Wilburys, The Clash, Dylan, Petty, Hank, George, Cash - all adding influence in Brett’s ear as he set out to write a new batch of songs that were familiar to his country background but added a tongue-in-cheek sincerity, a truth-in-every-joke mentality that uses wit/satire to speak for the hard times. Staggs’ lyrics deal with addiction, jail, relationshipwrecks, spiritual quandary, but all with a wink and a smiling melody.
After releasing 4 song EP “Rio Grande” in 2012, the opening track “Sinnin’ & Grinnin’” landed licensing spots in America, Canada, England, Germany, Spain, France, and Australia. Brett Staggs now has a new 4 song EP on the way called “Nothing Bad Ever Happens To Me” set to be released on October 7th, 2016.
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