In describing the music of Chigger Red, one reviewer stated, "Think Molly Hatchet slammed head-first into Tesla," which in an interesting comparison since Hatchet featured three guitarists and Chigger Red has three band members in total. But the description should give you an idea of the Southern mayhem that guitarist/vocalist Mike Stansberry is capable of inflicting with his six-string. Their CD Hammered offers thirteen blistering blues rock numbers which grab you by the throat in a similar way that Lynyrd Skynyrd would have hit you in the gut. With brother Chris Stansberry on bass and Chilean-born Leo Cuevas on drums, the trio looks to take south-of-the-Mason-Dixon-line hard rock into new directions. You'll hear aggression and power not typically associated with a lot of similarly influenced music in their tunes, as well as an atmosphere of Georgia hell-raisin' and tequila-drinkin' that you might expect. Great stuff. Chigger Red were originally profiled in the October-November, 2001 edition of The Undiscovered.
Chigger Red was formed as a Southern boogie powerhouse rock and roll band, which leaves no illusions about who they are or where they come from. It's all right there in the music. Southerners have always been a rebellious hell raisin' bunch and this definitely applies to Chigger Red. The band has been featured on two Rock City Records compilations ("Heavy Millennium", Vols. 1 & 3), and has won several awards, including Best Blues Rock Band for 1998 and 1999 and Outstanding Southern Rock Band for 1999 by Rock City News Magazine. Mike Stansberry won Best Guitar Player in the same magazine for four years straight beginning in 1996, while Chris Stansberry won Best Bass Player in 1999.
The band's goal is to take blues based guitar rock to a higher, more intense level that will assure them the position of flag bearers for a new type of Southern rock in the new millennium. Chigger Red is currently supporting their debut CD by every means available, regional and national touring, public access television, the Internet, and good ol' word of mouth!
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