TRIPPP is a country music trio of 20-year-old triplet brothers whose sound includes a touch of Memphis blues, Kentucky bluegrass, and Southern rock combined with killer family harmony. The brothers – Treyson, JD, and Chaz Stafford – have gained a strong following in Arkansas and are moving on to bigger things with the 2020 release of their self-titled debut EP – TRIPPP. In 2021, they are set to release several singles they wrote during the COVID-19 quarantine in 2020, starting with "Rather Feel Pain" released on January 22, 2021.
This young band hails from the small town of Jonesboro in the Northeast corner of Arkansas where the hills of Crowley’s Ridge meet the cotton and rice fields of the Mississippi River Delta. They currently reside in Nashville where JD is a freshman at Belmont University in the Songwriting program, Treyson is a freshman at Belmont majoring in Biblical Studies, and Chaz is taking some time off from pursuing an Audio Engineering Technology degree at Belmont to focus on musical endeavors.
They picked up the fiddle at the age of six, but quickly moved on to other instruments by age eight. JD chose percussion and is a rare singing drummer, while also handling the roles of lead songwriter and lead singer on most of the band’s original songs. Chaz plays guitar and has a unique ear for arranging harmonies and composing the music for the words he and his brothers write. Treyson, with his deep bass voice, is the key entertainer in the trio – doing great imitations of Johnny Cash and Billy Gibbons. He plays bass guitar and a pair of stand-up basses he lovingly calls “Bertha” and “Bessie.” Treyson’s abilities take on even greater meaning when you consider he has worked his entire life to overcome autism.
Treyson, JD, and Chaz were born in Memphis because, at the time, there were no hospitals in their hometown prepared to handle extremely premature triplets. Growing up just an hour drive down I-55 and across the Mississippi River to Memphis, the brothers were influenced by the blues from a young age. But their biggest influence comes from one of the most famous musicians to ever come out of their stomping ground – Johnny Cash. One of their proudest moments was being invited to play at the 2018 Johnny Cash Heritage Festival at Cash’s boyhood home in Dyess, Arkansas just up the road from their hometown.
“Our dad has been running country radio stations for almost 50 years, and we grew up listening to the mainstream and outlaw country stations he manages,” explained Chaz. Combine that with a love of bluegrass from their Kentucky-born mom and you get the blues, bluegrass, country, and Southern rock infused sound that makes TRIPPP unique. Their biggest musical influences include The Eagles, Tyler Childers, Colter Wall, Sturgill Simpson, Brent Cobb, Marcus King, and Chris Stapleton. The brothers want to follow in the footsteps of musicians who provide authentic music that has a lasting impact on peoples’ lives such as country music legends Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and the like.
Life-long athletes, they began to move away from years devoted to basketball, cross country, and swimming to focus on music after being named finalists in the Mid-South Fair Youth Talent Contest in 2017. That decision was cemented after winning a contest to open for The Kentucky Headhunters in 2018. Since then, they have been named finalists for the "Young Artist of the Year Award" at the 2019, 2020, and 2021 Arkansas Country Music Awards and "Best Local Band" in three different regional voting contest in Northeast Arkansas in 2019 and 2020. Since 2017, they’ve played more than 125 gigs throughout the Southeast, raised more than $13,000 for Make-A-Wish and other charities, and have been an opening act for artists ranging from Matt Stell to Smash Mouth.
Their 2020 debut EP and their upcoming 2021 singles are all produced by fellow Arkansan Jon Conley from Paragould, Arkansas. Conley is a guitarist in Kenny Chesney’s band and a well-respected Nashville studio musician who recently played on Luke Combs’ latest album. Their music is engineered by John Albani at Sonic Eden Studios in Nashville and mastered by John Mayfield at Mayfield Mastering in Nashville. All songs recorded so far, except "Every Stone," were written by the brothers. Their songs have been streamed by listeners in more than 30 countries around the world, have amassed more than 175,000 streams across Spotify and other streaming services, and have been added to more than 2,000 Spotify algorithmic and user-generated playlists in the past year.
Their debut single, “Can’t Do the Time,” showcases their outlaw and traditional country influences and gives a nod to Johnny Cash, whose famous mug shot is referenced on the cover art for the single. They move a bit more toward their Southern rock roots with their song “Blood Red Moon.” The third track on the EP was written by Conley with co-writers Jonny Houlihan and Cole Bruce. “Every Stone,” with its melancholy mandolin riffs, showcases the bluegrass side of the trio. It spoke to them because it reminds them of the Arkansas Delta farm roots of their beloved, late papaw – C.P. Stafford – and his life as a Navy sailor in WWII. Their influences come full circle with “The Fire” – a blues-infused ballad where they sing about that one time “the Devil came to me as a girl” in a classic (and autobiographical) tale of being scorned by a love interest.
Treyson, JD, and Chaz are among the many resilient young people who graduated from high school and started college/adult life in the middle of an historic pandemic. When school and life shut down in the spring of 2020, they used that time to reflect, write, create, and grow as artists. "Rather Feel Pain" was one of the songs that stemmed from that period. “This song was written and the demo was recorded by the three of us in our hometown house basement during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Chaz. “It’s the culmination of the energy and emotions that resulted from the harsh mental toll that the COVID lockdown had on my brothers and me. I remember the three of us sitting in the basement of our house arguing and going at each other’s throats a little bit one night. The next thing I know Chaz is jamming that slide intro on his guitar, and Treyson and I hop behind our instruments and basically freestyle the entire song," said JD. "Although this song represents the pain and darkness we’ve fallen into and conquered over the past year, it also represents a new chapter for TRIPPP as a band,” he added. Part of that new chapter includes moving a little bit away from their country music roots, and exploring their rock influences with songs like "Rather Feel Pain." It was recorded along with four other songs in the fall of 2020 once recording studios began to open up a bit following the COVID lockdowns. “This song means a lot to me because it represents the hard times that I have experienced throughout this year and my life,” Treyson said. “The most memorable hard time that this song really represents to me is the death of my grandfather, CP Stafford. My grandfather was such a light in my life, but I knew that I would have to go through the pain of losing him. Without hard times a person will miss their destiny. I would rather feel that pain than nothing at all.”
The brothers are looking forward to getting back out on the road and playing for fans in the summer of 2021 – within the restrictions of the pandemic. “In the words of one of our biggest influences, Sturgill Simpson, we’re just 'Living the Dream,'” said JD. “We just want to play our interpretation of the real, authentic music we were raised on and hopefully carry the torch for our heroes, such as Johnny Cash, to a new generation of country music fans.”
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Music Licensing: BMI
JD Stafford – Vocals, drums, percussion
Chaz Stafford – Guitar, fiddle, vocals
Treyson Stafford – Bass, stand-up bass, vocals
ADDITIONAL MUSICIANS ON THE TRIPPP EP AND "RATHER FEEL PAIN:"
Jon Conley – Acoustic guitar, electric guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle
Tim Denbo – Bass
Dave Racine – Drums
TRIPPP EP AND "RATHER FEEL PAIN" INFORMATION:
Produced by – Jon Conley
Engineered by – John Albani at Sonic Eden Studios in Nashville, TN
Mastered by – John Mayfield at Mayfield Mastering in Nashville, TN
“Can’t Do the Time” – TRIPPP – JD, Chaz, and Treyson Stafford
“Blood Red Moon” – TRIPPP – JD, Chaz, and Treyson Stafford
“Every Stone” – Jon Conley, Jonny Houlihan, and Cole Bruce
“The Fire” – TRIPPP – JD, Chaz, and Treyson Stafford
"Rather Feel Pain" – TRIPPP – JD, Chaz, and Treyson Stafford
-2019, 2020, and 2021 Arkansas Country Music Awards "Young Artist of the Year" Nominees
-Voted 2019 and 2020 "Best Band/Musicians" in the Jonesboro Occasions Magazine Readers' Choice Awards in Jonesboro, AR
-Voted 2019 "Best Local Band" in the Jonesboro Radio Group Best Of Northeast Arkansas Awards in Jonesboro, AR
-Semi-Finalists in the 2020 Music City SongStar songwriting competition in Nashville, TN
-2018 "Fulton's Got Talent" Winners in Fulton, Kentucky – Won the opportunity to open for The Kentucky Headhunters
-2017 Mid-South Fair Youth Talent Contest Finalists in Memphis, TN
The Kentucky Headhunters; Matt Stell; Morris Day and the Time; Smash Mouth; Erin Enderlin, Arkansas Female Artist of the Year 2019; Blane Howard, Arkansas Male Artist of the Year 2019; Cory Jackson, The Voice 2019 Finalist and Arkansas Country Artist of the Year 2018; Adam Wakefield, The Voice Season 10 Runner-Up
125+ SHOWS 2017-2021 INCLUDING:
Johnny Cash Heritage Festival – Dyess, AR; Bluebird Café – Nashville, TN; Commodore Grille Songwriter’s Round – Nashville, TN; Douglas Corner – Nashville, TN; Jonesboro BBQ and Music Fest – Jonesboro, AR; Lafayette’s Music Hall – Memphis, TN; Funky Blues Shack – Destin, FL; Osceola Heritage Music Fest – Osceola, AR; Northeast Arkansas District Fair – Jonesboro, AR; Banana Festival – Fulton, KY; 30A Songwriter Radio – Destin, FL
Spotify – 160,000+ streams
All Streaming Services – 175,000+ streams
Spotify Playlists – 2000+ User-Generated Playlists plus Discover Weekly, Release Radar, Your Daily Mix, Your Daily Drive, On Repeat, Repeat Rewind, etc.
YouTube – 34,000+ Views
Social Media - 6,000+ Followers
Radio Sobro, Nashville's Singer/Songwriter Music Streaming Station, Nashville, TN
KABF, 88.3FM, Little Rock, AR
KDXY, 104.9FM, 104.9 The Fox, Jonesboro, AR
KJEZ, Z95 The Bone, Poplar Bluff, MO
KEGI, 100.5 The Eagle, Jonesboro, AR
KYTN, 104.9FM, Union City, TN
KASU, 91.9FM, Jonesboro, AR
KHLS, Thunder Country 96.3FM, Blytheville, AR
KBFC, 93.5FM, Forrest City, AR
11/27/20 – 104.9FM The Fox – Jonesboro, AR – Interview about our first semester at Belmont University and our upcoming music releases. Played a live version of our unreleased new song, "Dammed," and some songs off our debut EP.
3/21//20 – KASU Public Radio 91.9FM – Jonesboro, AR – Interview about life as a band and as high school seniors living under COVID-19 quarantine.
2/8/20 – RTVE (Spanish Radio and Television Corporation) – Blog and radio program by Manolo Fernandez, director of the Toma Uno program on Radio 3 and a top specialist in Americana Music
Listen at 10:22: https://mediavod-lvlt.rtve.es/resources/TE_STOMAU/mp3/2/9/1581168790692.mp3
1/24/20 – New Slang Music Blog – Lubbock, TX – Music review (Item #5)
1/23/20 – Robert’s Country Blog – Music Review
1/22/20 – Clay County Times Democrat – Rector, AR – Newspaper feature article
12/2019 – Delta Crossroad Magazine – Osceola, AR – Feature article (Page 61-63)
10/12/18 – KASU 91.9FM “Arkansas Roots” – Jonesboro, AR – Radio interview about Johnny Cash Heritage Fest
9/14/18 – Thunderbolt Radio – Union City/Martin, TN – Kentucky Headhunters announcement
8/31/18 – KJNB-TV – Johnny Cash Heritage Fest line-up announcement – Jonesboro, AR
3/22/18 – 30A Songwriter Radio – Santa Rosa, FL – Feature interview and jam session
“TRIPPP is a trio of 18-year-old brothers – triplets no less – hence the three Ps. They first gained my attention a while back with “Can’t Do the Time,” an Appalachia murder ballad armed with some powering three-part harmonies. Now, they’ve released the rest of their self-titled debut EP. At four songs long, it’s just the right length to create a buzz. At just 18, some of the material they’re singing about – killing a scorned lover, being a poor worrisome farmer, a bootlegger, and a whiskey bottle pounding brokenhearted man – just shouldn’t work. You’re too green on years. But somehow it works most of the time, especially on the hymnal “Every Stone.” It’s mainly because they sing with such conviction. By damn, you’re gonna believe what I’m saying. I don’t want to get hung up on their age though. TRIPPP is so dynamic in part because they’re mixing “O Brother, Where Art Thou” inspired traditional folk while obviously pulling from the likes of new Americana artists like Tyler Childers.” –New Slang Music Blog 1/24/20
I'm listening to this EP right now. There's straight up country and "Blood Red Moon" is a fine shot of southern rock along the lines of Steel Woods, Blackberry Smoke, etc. Chris Stapleton fans should check out "The Fire." –Robert’s Country Blog 1/23/20
“No concert in this area is complete without a tip of the hat to Johnny Cash which Treyson and his stand-up bass ‘Bertha’ handled, playing ‘Ring of Fire’ and ‘Folsom Prison Blues’… The standing-room-only crowd offered a standing ovation and calls for encore!” –Clay County Times Democrat 1/22/20
“Definitely need to keep these guys on your radar. Great music being made by these brothers out of Arkansas. Check them out!” –Dick Rebel Radio (via Twitter) 2/13/20
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