|Born on: 06.10.1966
Tommy Stinson, founding member of the seminal Minneapolis-based rock group The Replacements, and current bass player for Guns N' Roses and Soul Asylum, has released his second solo effort, One Man Mutiny, on his own Done To Death Music label (distributed by Redeye).
Stinson will donate a portion of the net proceeds from the sale of the album to the Timkatec Schools in Haiti. Last summer, Stinson held an on-line auction and raised over $40,000 for the schools, which have housed and provided skilled trade education for abandoned and orphaned youths in the Pétionville district of Port-au-Prince for over ten years. The schools' fund-raising needs have drastically increased in the wake of the 2010 earthquake, and as a result Stinson remains committed to his on-going effort to raise funds for them.
One Man Mutiny is Stinson's most fully realized effort to date in both production quality and craftsmanship of song. "I'm finding it a lot more interesting to make music these days," says Tommy. "Especially given the musical climate as of the last few years - there are a lot of people complaining about how bad it is. I am actually embracing the challenges." This album is also a family affair for Tommy - his fiancée Emily Roberts sings harmonies on many of the songs and lead on his first ever duet, "Destroy Me," while her uncle Chip Roberts' slide guitar playing flavors the album from beginning to end. The album was produced by Phillip Broussard, Jr. (who has worked on records for such groups as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Weezer as well as Tommy's 2004 solo effort, Village Gorilla Head) and recorded at Tommy's Bipolarbear studios in both Los Angeles and suburban Philadelphia. The exception would be "One Man Mutiny," which was recorded with Guns N' Roses members Dizzy Reed and Richard Fortus in the restaurant of the Conrad Hotel in Brussels, Belgium on a day off from their 2010 world tour, which was documented on video (along with all sorts of other adventures on the road with GnR) on Tommy's website. The album was mixed by Sean Beavan (GnR, Nine Inch Nails, Village Gorilla Head).
Stinson, whose career began at the tender age of 13, has spent his entire life thus far making music and touring incessantly, leaving an indelible mark in the world of music and pop culture. After the Replacements stopped playing in 1991, Stinson went on to form his Faces-flavored group Bash & Pop and the more straightforward Perfect. His first solo release, Village Gorilla Head, was released in 2004 receiving praise from the critics and the fans. In 2005, Stinson also scored his first movie ("Catch and Release" with Jennifer Garner) with BT. Stinson is currently helping Soul Asylum put the finishing touches on their upcoming release and continues to tour with the group, as well as with Guns n' Roses.