Honky tonk star Stacie Collins lives the dream

The band will perform Feb. 18 at The Snorty Horse Saloon.

By Megan Suddarth

Published Feb. 22, 2011

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The Stacie Collins Band livens up the classic rock and country combination. “Our music is like Little Walter meets Joan Jett and Tammy Wynett, in a nutshell,” Collins said. “I really got excited about becoming a singer when I discovered Patsy Cline. Music has always been a passion of mine so when I heard Patsy Cline, I decided that I wanted to try and learn how to sing.”

Starting a band and touring the world is something many musicians dream of. Collins is no different. With a hard-core, honky tonk band to back up her exciting vocals, she’s living her dream.

“I saw Stevie Ray Vaughan for the first time in concert when I was about 13 and from that point on I said, ‘That’s what I want to do, I want to be in a band’,” Collins said. “I’m in a band with my husband and he was a musician and I wasn’t, but I wanted to be one. You become who you hang around, I wanted to be in a band and I got tired of being left at home and not being out on the road.”

Their latest album Sometimes Ya Gotta came out in November and contains just as much energy and rhythm as previous albums.

“This album isn’t a lot different from the second,” Collins said. “Between this record and the second we’ve had a hundred more gigs. The difference is just time and a lot of song writing. I’m singing better, the songs are better, and it’s just better.”

The opportunity to meet all of her fans is this proclaimed hell cat’s favorite part about touring.

“Getting to meet all of the people and see the way our music affects people is amazing,” Collins said. “I love the fact that with this short time on earth I can give back and leave a little better than when I got here. When people forget how bad their life may be and connect with us on that level, there’s a lot of emotion there.”

With such a vibrant and passionate band, there’s hardly ever any time to slow down and relax.

“We eat, breathe and sleep the music,” Collins said. “I’m usually always working on putting something together, I’m never not involved. But when I do actually have time to myself, I like to spend time with my man. We like to get out and connect with nature.”

It’s hard to tell what exactly will come in the future for Collins, but her success is certainly rising.

“I see a lot of success,” Collins said. “Lots and lots of travelling, a new record. Everything changes so much. We’re busier and better than we’ve ever been. I don’t even limit what can happen.”

Published by MeganSuddarth

"Not all those who wander are lost." -Tolkien

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