He can kick out the jams with the best of them, and he can tear out your heart with a ballad. Mike Stinson’s songs are the thrills, chills and spills of life, filled with razor sharp word play, charm, depth, poignance and musical muscle.
Mike Stinson & Johnny Irion
“It’s a masterly double whammy—their manifest chemical bond and unusual vocal blend are compelling while the delivery’s extravagant nonchalance is utterly disarming.” – Jonny Whiteside | Time Nor Tide: Mike Stinson and Johnny Irion's Bittersweet Musical Detour
"Mike Stinson is dangerous, the kind of songwriter who can upend the way you see the world with a single line, and whose lean, mean rock and roll machine of a band usually starts at a Chuck Berry gallop and goes from there. They can crank it so hard, in fact, it's entirely possible to miss all the diamond-tipped rejoinders, double entendres, aphorisms and the occasional outright burn that litter Stinson's songs, and make him one of the wickedest lyricists around today." - Houston Press
"...in the honky-tonk world of southern California (and now, Texas), Mike Stinson is king. His latest album, Hell and Half of Georgia, covers your classic country bases – loyalty (“Died and Gone to Houston”), money struggles (“Box I Take To Work”), heartbreak (“This Year”), general life problems (“Late for My Funeral”) – and with the help of R.S. Fields, ups the roadhouse rock ante while prescribing a liberal dose of the “Texas treatment.” - Los Angeles Magazine
"He can kick out the honky-tonk jams with the best of them, and he can tear out your heart with a ballad." - Houston Chronicle
“His high-octane country-rock track comes off the brand new album, Hell and Half of Georgia, which finds the honky-tonk revivalist releasing his first set of tunes written exclusively in the Lone Star State. Stinson then recruited veteran producer R.S. Fields (John Prine, Billy Joe Shaver, Justin Townes Earle) to make sure his roots were properly planted.” - American Songwriter Magazine