Mike Stinson generates a similar kind of excitement among the cognoscenti as Ron Sexsmith did when he was first coming to people's attention. There is the feeling that Stinson is a musician's musician. The Virginia native moved to Houston, TX after spending most of the 2000's in California, where he was hailed as “The Best Country-Western Artist in L.A.” by Los Angeles Magazine and called “the uncrowned king of the L.A. neo-honky tonkers” by Billboard Magazine. You might know his song “The Late Great Golden State” which has been covered by both Dwight Yoakam and Billy Bob Thornton. And he has placed others on the soundtracks to the hit TV shows Mad Men, Weeds, and Cold Case, and in National Lampoon’s Adam and Eve.
Mike put his third CD out last month. The Jukebox In Your Heart was produced by Jesse Dayton, an icon in his own right, at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studios. "No One To Drink With" is one of the tunes from the new album. Jesse weighs in from a FaceBook post, "Mike Stinson, & Brennen Leigh...yes, it's true...I shot the whole thing on a Flip camera and made it for exactly 100 bucks...this is how we do it in my indie world...who needs a budget when you're surrounded by killer talent?"