CincyMusic Podcasts
Buy the Cincinnati Support Local Music Tee

Jody Stapleton

Jody Stapleton's music voyage started at age 15 when his parents bought him his first guitar for Christmas. He would try to mimic songs he heard, but always would end up creating his own tune. At his parents wishes, Jody traveled to the deep south for a year to attend a strict, private college where he states, “ the only ideals I really grasped during that time were the south's traditions in folk, country and blues music and about five chords my roomate taught me and that was good enough”.


The next year, Stapleton was back in Cincinnati and began to perform the songs he had written while tucked away in the south. Any coffee shop, gallery, open mic that was available Jody began to create his sound and meet like-minded singer-songwriters. After a couple of short lived bands, Jody combined his passions of southern music and the mid-western sounds of The Replacements and Uncle Tupelo to form, with his brothers in rock, The Stapletons.


From 2000-2007, The Stapletons released four albums, toured America, and were nominated for Rock Band Of The Year in 2000 and won Best New Artist that same year at the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. In 2001, The Stapletons were nominated Rock Band Of The Year again and in 2003 they took home the trophy. Esquire magazine came onboard in 2003 and gave The Stapletons some fine accolades and in 2005 The Stapletons signed with Tinderbox Music and had their music played on over 200 radio stations across the country.


In 2008, Stapleton formed the post/punk outfit Cash Flagg who released one EP and were nominated for Best New Artist at the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards and in 2009 were nominated for Rock Band Of The Year. As 2011 approached, Jody felt the calling of his passion and love of southern music traditions and decided to follow the horizon towards a solo career.


Jody enlisted the Generals to round out his new sound that would combine folk, country and indie/pop notions against a backdrop of sun drenched AM gold. The band released “Turn On Your Lights” in late 2012 and has enjoyed success on the club circuit and numerous festival appearances. In 2013, Jody scored an acoustic residency at the Oakley Pub in Cincinnati where his weekly shows have created quite a buzz with sold-out appearances.

2014 saw plenty of success for Jody. He performed at the Tiffin Arts And Music Festival and Paddlefest on the banks of the Ohio River. Stapleton also had the pleasure of being a featured performer on The Screen Printing Sessions. In addition to over 50 live performances this year, Jody was the Artist In Residence for September at The Drinkery in Cincinnati and now hosts a weekly Open Mic at Anderson Pub And Grill. In November, Jody released his debut solo album, "Wolf Angel" and City Beat magazine ran a feature during the release week.

2015, looks big and bright. See you out there....






Attending Maybe Not Attending View on Facebook