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Christopher Charles "Chris" Stamey (born December 6, 1954) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. After a brief time playing with Alex Chilton, as well as Mitch Easter under the name Sneakers, Stamey formed The dB's with Peter Holsapple.

Chris Stamey
BornDecember 6, 1954 (1954-12-06) (age 64)
Chapel Hill, North Carolina U.S.
GenresRock, power pop, jangle pop
Occupation(s)Musician, singer, songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsGuitar, bass guitar, trumpet, vocals
Years active1977-present
LabelsCar Records, DB Records, A&M Records, New Rose Records, Yep Roc Records[1]
Associated actsThe dB's

Early lifeEdit

Stamey was born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He grew up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina[2] and graduated from R. J. Reynolds High School.[3]


In 1977, Stamey founded the independent New York City record label, Car Records, which released the 1978 Chris Bell single with the tracks, "I Am The Cosmos/You And Your Sister".[4]

Stamey recorded and released two critically acclaimed albums with The dB's, Stands for Decibels (1981) and Repercussion (1982), before leaving the band to pursue a solo career.[5]

In 1991, Stamey and Holsapple reunited to record the album entitled Mavericks.

In 1996, Stamey moved back to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and opened the recording studio, Modern Recording, with former dB's producer Scott Litt. He has worked as a producer and sound engineer for various artists and recording projects including those by the alternative country group Whiskeytown.

In 2004, Stamey released the album Travels in the South, quickly followed by V.O.T.E. 2004, enlarged as 2005's A Question of Temperature featuring the group Yo La Tengo as the album's backing musicians.

In July 2009, Stamey and Holsapple released their second album as a duo entitled Here and Now, which was promoted by a follow-up concert tour.[6]

In 2012, Stamey reunited with the dB's to complete Falling Off the Sky, their first new studio album in 25 years and their first in 30 years with the original 1978 line-up.

On February 5, 2013, Stamey released the solo album Lovesick Blues on Yep Roc Records, followed by Euphoria in 2015.

On June 25, 2019, The New York Times Magazine listed Chris Stamey among hundreds of artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.[7]


Solo albumsEdit

  • 1982: It's a Wonderful Life (DB records)
  • 1987: It's Alright (A&M)
  • 1991: Fireworks (New Rose)
  • 2004: Travels in the South (Yep Roc)
  • 2013: Lovesick Blues (Yep Roc)
  • 2015: Euphoria (Yep Roc)


  • 1977: The Summer Sun (ORK Records)
  • 1983: Winter of Love (Albion)
  • 1987: Cara Lee (A&M)
  • 1992: On the Radio (Intercord)
  • 1993: Alive (Singles Only)
  • 1994: Let It Be Me (Car Records)


  • 1984: Instant Excitement (Coyote)

As a member of the dB'sEdit

As Chris Stamey and FriendsEdit

With Kirk RossEdit

  • 1995: The Robust Beauty of Improper Linear Models in Decision Making (East Side Digital)

With Peter HolsappleEdit

  • 1991: Mavericks (New Rose)
  • 2009: Here and Now (Yep Roc)
  • 1991: Angels (New Rose)
  • 2009: My Friend the Sun (BarNone)
  • 2009: Live at Euclid (Euclid Records)

With Yo La TengoEdit

  • 2004: V.O.T.E. (Yep Roc) reissued and expanded as A Question of Temperature in 2005

As producerEdit

As contributing musicianEdit


  1. ^ "Chris Stamey". Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  2. ^ O'Donnell, Lisa (May 6, 2018). "Following the Muse: Stamey Chronicles a Musical Journey". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  3. ^ Gillispie, Tom (March 7, 2013). "'The Winston Sound': Musician Whose Roots Go Back to '60s and '70s Winston-Salem Returns for SECCA Event". Winston-Salem Journal. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  4. ^ "Producer / Mixer – Music Mixing and Recording at Modern Recording". Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  5. ^ "Discography – Albums – The dB's Online". Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  6. ^ Mark Deming (June 9, 2009). "Here and Now – Peter Holsapple,Chris Stamey | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  7. ^ Rosen, Jody (June 25, 2019). "Here Are Hundreds More Artists Whose Tapes Were Destroyed in the UMG Fire". The New York Times. Retrieved June 28, 2019.

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