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SPORT­ING a slam-bang rock ‘n’ roll band and a hard-core honky-tonk wail, Sta­cie Collins will be push­ing the bound­aries of rock, blues and coun­try when she plays in Llan­dudno Junction later this month.

A singer-song­writer and a fan­tas­tic har­mon­ica player in the style of Chicago Blues greats Lit­tle Wal­ter and James Cot­ton, Collins has gar­nered a rep­u­ta­tion for her high energy shows and di­verse song writ­ing, and they’re not all about love and heart­break.

On Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 17, Sta­cie and her band The AL-Mighty 3, bring their High Roller tour to the Llan­dudno Junction Labour Club in Con­way Road.

The tour co­in­cides with the re­lease of her new al­bum ‘Roll The Dice’ which is out on Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 9, and fea­tures 10 brand new songs.

Based in Nashville, Ten­nessee, Sta­cie is a road war­rior hav­ing per­formed count­less shows in the USA and Europe over the past few years and has even spawned a Ja­panese “Sta­cie Collins” trib­ute band.

In ad­di­tion to tour­ing, Collins, along with her writ­ing part­ner, hus­band and band mate Al Collins ( Jason & The Scorchers) have writ­ten, recorded and re­leased five records on her own la­bel.

This fifth al­bum ‘Roll The Dice’ is the best-yet show­case for her ex­u­ber­ant, har­mon­ica-drenched, cock­tail of rock, blues, and Amer­i­cana.

For this one, Collins brought in her bass-play­ing hus­band, guitar slingers Baird and Aud­ley Freed (The Black Crowes, Dixie Chicks, Jakob Dy­lan), drum­mer, Brad Pem­ber­ton (Ryan Adams, Patty Grif­fin, Wil­lie Nel­son), and other master mu­si­cians.

“With play­ers like that, the energy comes from the mu­sic, and it be­comes all about heart,” she says.

“You leave your brain some­where else. I don’t know how to clas­sify this stuff, but peo­ple say it’s unique and fa­mil­iar at the same time.”

Had her records been re­leased twenty or thirty years ago, they would have sounded as nat­u­ral on ’70s FM ra­dio along­side ZZ Top and The Rolling Stones as they do next to con­tem­po­rary rock­ers like the Drive-By Truck­ers or Black­berry Smoke, and lis­ten­ing to her , you wouldn’t re­alise she comes by it un­ex­pect­edly.

At age 30, she picked up a har­mon­ica, started lis­ten­ing to Sonny Boy Wil­liamson, and be­gan blend­ing Bak­ers­field-bred blus­ter with dis­torted Chicago blues.

What emerged was trans­for­ma­tive for Collins, and highly en­ter­tain­ing for au­di­ences. Beat-up cow­boy hat, blues harp, rock at­ti­tude… unique and fa­mil­iar, at the same time.

To get a taste of Sta­cie’s latest al­bum, you can see her new video ‘Lost & Found’ on her web­site at sta­ciecollins.com from Oc­to­ber 9.

Sup­port on the night is pro­vided by the pop­u­lar band from An­gle­sey, Bad Dog who head­lined on the Satur­day night at this year’s Cop­per­fest.

Sta­cie Collins is ap­pear­ing at the Llan­dudno Junc­tion Labour Club on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 17, with a band in­clud­ing a for­mer Black Crow!

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