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A fusion of adult alternative, blues, and indie rock, these songs deliver a new sound for the listener who has heard it all. Not a gimmick, but strong guitar driven story-telling music that captures the ear and the imagination. âparental advisory for some

9 MP3 Songs in this album (36:11) !
Related styles: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Rock: Americana, Type: Lyrical

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From his birth a mile high in Denver, CO to Baltimore, MD to West Germany to North Carolina to Seattle to San Diego, Reverend Stickman has "been around". Traveling around the country and camping with his parents during the summers from an early age, journeying around Europe before the age of twelve, and hitchhiking around the country as a teenager, Reverend has seen his share of ups and downs, which really comes through in the honest approach he takes to songwriting. Reverend's crazy history, including his two former wives, has been the inspiration for many songs as well as the new theater show at Swedenborg Hall on June 24th. The new CD, titled "Half Alive: Stories From Under The Black Hat" is filled with tales culled from real experiences out in the streets and highways of America, as well as under a few bridges. Honing his musical craft along the way, Reverend started playing guitar and songwriting at age 11, was gigging regularly with a friend at a local restaurant by the age of 15, and joined a working hard rock band as a frontman at age 17. Winner of the Cape Fear Songwriter's Competition 2 years in a row, enjoying airplay on NPR national radio and San Diego's own KPRI ,a studio musician on three different SD Music Award nominated albums, finalist in San Diego Songwriter's Guild Song Competition, and band member of Cathryn Beeks and the Ordeal, Bviolin and the Gypsy Nights Ensemble, Sequoia Neptune's Kirtan Meditation Ensemble, Charlie Imes and others, the Reverend continues to bring high standards to every project he undertakes.
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Reverend Stickman: Nearly Beloved

By Jay Allen Sanford | Published Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011

Reverend Stickman: Nearly Beloved

âI play alternative folk rock, with a twist of the blues,â says San Diego singer-songwriter Reverend Stickman. âThe music is a guitar-driven and an unconventional fusion of Americana and alternative. Most of my songs are stories from some place or time in my life. Iâve never been much for writing love songs. Not with two ex-wives.â

Not that he has anything against the institution of marriage, as evidenced by his side occupation. âIâm an actual reverend, with the credentials to perform marriage ceremonies and legal unions. Whatâs more, everyone Iâve joined together in marriage is still together. Iâd love to be a part of more happy weddings. Thatâs even more rewarding than happy gigs, at least spiritually.â

Stickman plays in several local bands, including the Cathryn Beeks Ordeal and Gypsy Nights. In 2009, his song âNearly Belovedâ was a finalist in the San Diego Songwriterâs Guild song contest. A 2010 solo album, Half Alive: Stories From Under the Black Hat, features his Electric Stickband as well as Collage Menage collaborator Jenene Lambert (vocals), Michael âMrodâ Rodriguez (drums), Christopher âHalestormâ Hale (fretless bass), Bahman Sarram aka Bviolin (violin), Bob Bartosik (saxophone), and the Reverend covering 6- and 12-string acoustic and electric guitars, slide guitar, and vocals.


1) King Crimson, Discipline. âAn amazing album, made even more so after I saw them perform most of it live.â

2) Aerosmith, Toys in the Attic. âI recently rediscovered this gem, one of the best solid rock records ever.â

3) Genesis, Live. âIâm a Peter Gabriel fan, so I like these old songs from when he was the vocalist.â


âThe Monkeesâ self-titled first record.â


âMy friend and backup singer Jenene âNeenerâ Lambert, lead singer for Verge of Distortion. She always goes the extra mile to look hot at all the shows.â


âWhen I lived in Seattle some years back, I was stabbed while resisting an attempted mugging. I actually didnât know Iâd been injured until a few minutes after the incident, after the would-be muggers ran away and I noticed the pain. And blood. They were soon caught, arrested, and convicted.â


âI think Soundgarden is the coolest, most descriptive band name ever. The worst is probably Loudness, a rock act out of Japan.â


âWhen I went out of town with a hard-rock cover band, working in Topsail Beach, North Carolina. We showed up with our huge amps and sound system and saw that the place was a tiny little tiki bar filled with senior citizens. Our blend of Alice in Chains and Metallica did not go over well. But we did get paid. Barely.â


âDream Theater, 1993, on the Images and Words tour at the Paramount Theatre in Seattle. I had front-row-center seats in a venue that seated less than 5000. The evening was incredible. The album had been so fantastic that I was skeptical about whether they could perform it live. Well, they did, and I even managed to snag a drumstick when it was thrown into the audience.â


âI was yelled at recently by some crazy lady at the dog park. Evidently, she wasnât aware that dogs sometimes run and jump and even growl and bark at each other. I suggested that she might be the problem, as opposed to my dog, but she didnât seem to find that helpful.â


1) âSnorkel in Jamaica.â

2) âClimb a pyramid.â

3) âLearn a foreign language.â


âWhen my second ex-wife split and left me with a considerable debt. That was tough, paying for someone elseâs mistakes, but in the eyes of the law I was responsible. Things financially are much better now, and maybe Iâm a little wiser, too.â


âI have a Jack Russell terrier named Adagio who likes camping and swimming. And catching small animals.â â 

âI have a fear of heights, but only if Iâm falling.â

1. â is a great resource for guitar tabs and lyrics.â
2. âOn YouTube, you can find how-to videos on just about everything.â
3. âeBay, because I would rather get a bargain than pay full price, and I can get exactly what I want.â

âHe was a good student who would finish his work early, and then disrupt the class with mischievous behavior.â

âRay Charles, Hit the Road Jack: âAnd donât you come back no more, no more.ââ

Stories Blurt Music News
All Denominations Honored

By Jay Allen Sanford | Published Wednesday, May 12, 2010

All Denominations Honored

âThe Reverending Story is designed to explain the strange workings in my past lives,â says North Park resident Reverend Stickman of his musical stage show debuting June 24 at Swedenborg Hall. âThe idea behind the production came from the fact that my songs are generally stories from some place or time in my life. Iâve never been much for writing love songs, but I do have some wild tales to tell during the show.â

The multimedia production includes film footage, spoken-word skits, dancing (âof a sortâ), and several guest performers, including a choir. The debut event also serves as a release party for the accompanying nine-song CD, Half Alive: Stories from Under the Black Hat. âWe actually cut 13 songs in a six-hour studio session,â says the folk-blues rocker. âThe concept behind the recording was to lay down the basic tracks â bass, drums, and guitar â live in the studio and then add vocals and solos via multitracking. âHalf Aliveâ stems from the fact that it was recorded that way.â

Produced by Sven-Erik Seaholm at Kitch ân Sync Studios and mastered by Paul Abbott at Zen Mastering, the CD features a full band, with Stickman covering 6- and 12-string acoustic and electric guitars, slide guitar, and lead and backing vocals.

So, how did the Reverend attain his ministerial credentials? It all started with two friends who wanted him to officiate their marriage. âAfter quite a bit of preparation â i.e., writing a money order â and profound thought â i.e., drinking â I became a mail-order reverend. I can marry, baptize, and perform legal unions, but I do not preach, and Iâm not affiliated with any single religious belief. All faiths and denominations are honored, even if not always understood.

âSpirituality is something we can all feel.... Religion divides us from each other.â

Reverend Stickman can frequently be seen walking through Balboa Park with his guitar and Jack Russell terrier, or hanging out at the Stage Saloon downtown, where he appears nearly every Saturday night from 7 to 8 p.m.

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