In a spectrum ranging from acoustic driven roots-rock with bluegrass and country influences to aggressive rock, stateliner positions itself somewhere in the middle. stateliner is a composite of four like-minded individuals from different places. Chris Wood (keyboards), Donny Davidson (vocals), Brandon Epps (guitar/background vocals), and Sam Martin (bass/background vocals) organized in September of 2005 in Nashville, TN with a sound that is difficult to define but has found its greatest similarity in roots rock
Perhaps the title of one of stateliner’s songs is the closest explanation of the band itself. “Spaces”, found on the forthcoming album, exhibits how the band has reached its maturity. The band’s 5 pieces fill the spaces needed to convey what stateliner is sonically, as well as literally: an honest band full of honest individuals who play what they know because they don’t know anything else.
If the genre is hard to define, it is because honesty usually comes in many forms but is inherently relatable. Roots rock probably comes closest to the line. The content of the songs themselves is an introspective reflection of the lives these individuals have led. “We write about things we’ve experienced. If we sing about it, it’s because we’ve done it,” Donny explains. When you walk into the spaces that stateliner has created, you know what you are walking into and the things that you are walking, sometimes running, away from. That’s what music is to these individuals, something that aides during life, something that answers questions, and occasionally asks them. stateliner exists because each of its members has something to say and believe music is the only way to convey it. stateliner leaves the audience knowing that they’ve definitely heard the songs of men who’ve lived and who might not make the best choices, but write and play the things we need to hear.