ABOUT THE ARTIST

Gus Stagg

 

Gus Stagg is a singer/songwriter who has been performing for more than thirty years (it's about time he became an "overnight success").  His quirky folk/blues songs, existential lyrics, and amusing patter have long entertained audiences in Chicago and its North suburbs.  

 

Typically playing live with only guitar, harmonica and voice, he is joined on this latest album by several talented friends and studio musicians, culminating in a musical project that is truly greater than the sum of its' parts.

Gus plays in the far North Chicago suburbs - sign up on the mailing list to be notified of upcoming gigs and recordings.

Influences

Gus has been influenced by some of the "greats": John Lennon, Warren Zevon, Tom Waits, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Paul Simon, George Gershwin, Jim Morrison, Rumi, Alan Ginsberg, Jack Kerouak, William S Burroughs, Edgar Allen Poe, Dr Bob & the Good Old Timers, "Language of the Heart", Project Blue Book

Previous Albums

 

Gus Stagg - Picnic Under The Power Lines

1991

 

Cassette only release.  Contained the minor hit "Tobacco", which the American Cancer Society used in an anti-smoking campaign.

GAS - Gas (S/T)

1993

 

Cassette only release.  Gus plays with Aaron Herrman and Stephen Jansen (Gus + Aaron + Steve = G+A+S = GAS).  Very reminiscent of Crosby Stills and Nash or America, with a bit more humor and angst.

Gus Stagg - Recipe For The Blues

1996

 

Cd/online release.  Gus is supported on this album with a handful of talented studio musicians, playing in west-side "Chicago blues" style.  

Gus Stagg - Acoustic Blues (w/John Walsh)

2002

Cd/online release.  

 

Gus Stagg - New Songs For Old Souls

2012

 

Cd/online release.  "No overdubs" album (live guitar/vocal/harmonica): creates a virtual personal concert with Gus as solo performer and you as the audience.  Complete with some introductory song comments by Gus.  

Gus Stagg - Strange Lights

2018

 

"Physical only" release (cd and thumb drive).  Fourteen songs - an hours-worth of thought-provoking lyrics and great music.   Done with a full ensemble, Gus considers this his masterpiece.

Gus Stagg - Strange Lights (Glow-In-The-Dark Vinyl Ep)

2018

 

"Physical only" release (vinyl).  Groovy GLOW IN THE DARK vinyl sports four songs not available on the "Strange Lights" cd.  

Gus Stagg - Stranger Shadows
Strange Lights Ep (Extended Play)

2018

 

"Physical only" release (cd and thumb drive).    Includes five songs not on the "Strange Lights" cd, also an assortment of alternate mixes, demos, and early takes.

ABOUT THE PRODUCER

Stephen Jansen

 

Stephen Jansen (Moonroom Recording) has been recording for about thirty years, and has worked with loads of talented artists in Chicago and its North suburbs.  

 

His "never-say-no" attitude has resulted in a wide range of recording circumstances: Rock band, swing band, experimental audio, chamber ensemble, choir, spoken word/voiceover, sound effects and music for theater, middle-eastern productions, full-cast audio dramas, and forensic audio restoration.

Steve did the Art Design/Layout on both cd's, and did the Web Design on this site.

Leave a note on the mailing list to contact Steve.

Influences

Steve has also been influenced by some of the "greats": George Martin, Glyn Johns, Brian Wilson, Alan Parsons, Hugh Padgham, Roger Nichols, Dave Fridmann, Steven Wilson...and enjoys music by Frank Zappa, King Crimson, Bernard Herrmann, XTC, fIREHOSE, Trenchmouth, The Police, those Beatle guys, Larry Fast, Adrian Belew, Cheap Trick, k d Lang, King's X, Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, The Three Suns, Jellyfish, Steely Dan, Shiina Ringo, Nickel Creek, Cafe Tacuba, Crack The Sky, Rob Fetters, Firesign Theatre, Rush, The Minutemen, Timbuk 3, Hoyt Curtin, Squeeze, Punch Brothers, The Kinks, etc

Reviews

 

A review will go here.

 

I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It’s easy. Just click “Edit Text” or double click me to add your own content and make changes to the font. Feel free to drag and drop me anywhere you like on your page. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you.

 

Another review will go here.

 

I'm a paragraph. Click here to add your own text and edit me. It’s easy. Just click “Edit Text” or double click me to add your own content and make changes to the font. Feel free to drag and drop me anywhere you like on your page. I’m a great place for you to tell a story and let your users know a little more about you.

 

© 2018 by StrangeLightsCd.com

This Site STILL Under Construction, But Getting There...!