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is a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter, photographer, actor and bon

vivant. The daughter of a Broadway character actor and a classically

trained opera singer, Funkyjenn (née Jennifer Gibbons) was raised in a

home filled with music and entertainment.

Surrounded by showtunes, opera, classical and the pure 1970's

influence of country, pop, folk, soul, rock, funk and punk, it is under

this creative household (and decade) where Funkyjenn first found her

voice and her love of the arts.

She has performed in front of thousands at the Hollywood Bowl and

smaller gigs in and around Los Angeles but she most loves singing with

her friends at her infamous backyard jams!

Funkyjenn&The Bad Intentions bring to you the loud, rockin'

soul jam blues-based classic rock of the 70's with a new sound not soon

to be forgotten. They've been heralded with the likes of the great

Bonnie&Delaney, The Black Crowes, Big Brother & The Holding

Co. and The Tedeschi Trucks Band.


years ago, Mike Stinson took a big chance. After clawing his way to the

top of the country music club scene in Los Angeles where he was

described by Billboard Magazine as the king of the neo-honky-tonkers,

Stinson, who wrote Dwight Yoakam’s stellar “Late Great Golden State,”

packed a U-Haul, chucked his place in the West Coast pecking order, and

moved to Texas to start fresh.

And Texas certainly had an effect on the cerebral Virginian who

called L.A. home for 18 years. He fell in love with the space, the

torrential rains, and the laid back feel of his new home, Houston. With

two stellar, critically praised albums of hardcore honky-tonk and

“barnyard rock and roll” in his LA past, immediately upon arrival in

Texas he dropped The Jukebox In Your Heart, recorded with Jesse

Dayton and his band at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studios. “No One To

Drink With” from the album was voted best song of the year by the

Houston Press in 2010.

But while these tunes certainly received a Texas treatment under

Dayton’s guidance, these were songs written prior to the Texas move.

Stinson’s already-completed next album, Hell and Half of Georgia,

is a mixture of muscular Joe Ely-ish roadhouse bruisers and

sawdust-floor tonkers mostly written since relocating. And with noted

roots producer R.S. “The Ionizer” Field commanding the ship, Stinson

completed the best sounding, most hook-filled album of his career.

A rare voice in this cluttered world of country pop and

banjos-for-the-sake-of-banjos alternative country, Stinson has set the

bar as high it goes with the monumental “This Year.” One listen to this

gripping song establishes that Stinson’s pen is as sharp as any. Stinson

is the king of broken hearts, and with “This Year,“ he captures the

torment of love like few can. He also shows his cleverness by turning

his problems with punctuality into a scorching Bob Dylan-ish burner

called “Late For My Funeral.”

Anyone who knows Stinson knows he’s a stubborn cuss, and he lets his

attitude roam with loose rein on radio-friendly head-bobber “May Have To

Do It” with its slightly dangerous warning: “May have to do it, don’t

have to like it.” Suffice to say the witty troubadour has had some day

jobs in his past he’d just as soon forget. He also works in the

Dylan-ish verse, “Aunt Jemima said that Uncle Sam wants to send me to

Afghanistan / He‘ll bring me home with a family plan and I hope you

don‘t mind the sand.”

Fact of the matter is, Hell and Half of Georgia elevates

Stinson’s game to new heights. And with his crack road band, he remains

one of the only bands on the circuit who can do a four-hour two-step

honky-tonk gig one night and do an hour-and-a-half rock showcase the

next without a change of expression.

It’s no wonder longtime Los Angeles writers like Robert Hilburn and

Chris Morris flipped for Stinson’s legitimacy, his realness, his utter

sincerity, and his ruthless pursuit of his art. Texas writers like the Houston Press’s music

editor Chris Gray did too: “Mike Stinson moved here as the pen inside

Dwight Yoakam’s “The Late Great Golden State” and soon gave Houston its

best honky-tonk album of the young decade, The Jukebox In Your Heart.

A wounded warrior-poet like Bruce Springsteen (“Atlantic City” is a set

highlight), Stinson has recorded an as-yet-unreleased follow-up that

steps on the gas and lets the heartaches fly.”

The leader of one of the hardest working bands around, Stinson is

winning fans one stellar song and one barn-burning show at a time.

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