The Stoplight Roses are an Americana band from Atlanta, Georgia. Taking their name from the Nick Lowe song, and with a nod to The Jesus of Cool's vintage style of songwriting, they formed in 2013 around the vision of combining jangly power-pop with twangy country. With songs full of positivity, melancholia, self-deprecation, and longing, The Stoplight Roses can sound ragged, hopeful, sad and sweet. But they always sound like a good time.
Chris Goryl did not meet Mike Hodgin when they both attended the V-Roys show at Be Here Now in Asheville, NC on August 22, 1997, so they did not get to talk about the band they would start together 16 years later. But when a Craigslist ad brought them face to face, they decided they would steal the V-Roys' sartorial style and start playing some of Mike's songs. Adding wayward garage rocker and multi-instrumentalist Isaac Bishop was the shot in the arm that changed the group from an acoustic duo to a band. Willis Holder stepped behind the drum kit and saved Christmas when the Roses found themselves in need of a drummer. Another talented multi-instrumentalist, he joined permanently in 2014, and like Isaac, brings his own songs to the Roses' signature sound. When Chris left the band in early 2014, the Roses again found themselves in a spot. Austin Theodore, known to Mike from his open mic hosting days, not only plays bass like he was always part of the band, but also brings a selection of finely-penned indie rock to add to the setlist.
Now The Stoplight Roses have the line-up Mike always imagined, a cool new single, plenty of shows on the calendar, and plans in the works for their first full-length, spotlighting songs written by each band member.
And, they've ditched the V-Roys' suits, too.