Thoreau once said, "Most folks lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with their song still in them."
You might expect most 23 year old men to be spending their free time chasing women or closing down bars, but Stang Gappa is on a mission. He is fervently pushing the boundaries of a full-scale traditional country music revival, yet with enough contemporary distinctiveness to appeal to a broad range of listeners, both young and old alike.
Growing up just outside of Denver, Colorado, Stang was influenced early by the doctrinal roots of legends such as Roger Miller, Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George Jones, and of course, Johnny Cash. His passion for authentic country music ignited his desire to learn guitar, and by the age of 13, he was handcrafting songs reminiscent of his heroes from yesteryear. And it didn't stop there...
Starting with his debut EP release "Colorado Sky" due out mid June, Stang is already catching some major local and regional attention. Plans to follow up with a full-length album later in the year have been confirmed, as well as a regional tour where he hopes to cross paths with his contemporary influences like Reckless Kelly, The Josh Abbott Band, The Randy Rogers Band, and Roger Creager.
Although a newcomer on the Colorado scene, Stang's lofty ambitions and unyielding work ethic mean he will surely leave his chronicles behind before he's six feet under.