Formed in 1986 by core members Larry Grisham and Tommy Stillwell, The Beat Daddys have spent almost 30 years bringing their blend of American roots music to audiences around the world. With nine international CD releases, film & TV soundtrack credits, and countless shows in the US and abroad,
The Beat Daddys are a duo with authentic American roots. Coming of age in rural Kentucky where the nearest interstate highway was 100 miles away, Tommy Stillwell and Larry Grisham’s musical journey was shaped by their families and the deep music traditions of Kentucky and the South.
A 2015 IBC Semi-Finalist and earning a 2008 nomination for Best Self Produced CD,5 Moons, in the International BluesChallenge, The Beat Daddys release hoodoo that we doo.
“A smokin’ four piece band. Singer, Harp player Larry Grisham and guitarist Tommy Stillwell have got a great sound! Don’t take my word for it - check these guys out for yourself.”
Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd) The House of Blues Radio Show
Side Notes: A friendship for over 45 years. A musical journey that continues today with hoodoo that we doo..
Tommy and Larry first met in 1970 on a basketball court played together in the early 80’s under the name The Phonz, signed to Malaco subsidiary Waldoxy records in 1992 as the Beat Daddy’s, recording at Muscle Shoals with the famed Muscle Shoals Swampers. Creative differences led to their going separate ways. Disaster struck Grisham in 2005. Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and destroying all of Grisham’s possessions. After months of living in a FEMA trailer, Grisham relocated to Nashville. This tragedy led to a long overdue reconciliation and the scoring the KATRINA based documentary Renaissance Village (www.rvthefilm.com) a gritty look of life living in a FEMA trailer park, a subject Grisham had first hand experience.
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