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Since 1998, The Stingers have developed their own modern hybrid of Jamaican rocksteady/ska and classic American doo-wop soul: solid roots-reggae rhythms, melodic horn lines, and 5 lead vocalists each with a unique style backed by tight 3- and 4-part harmonies. All of this is anchored by superb songwriting and lyrics that range from rocksteady love tunes to politically charged steppers reggae to high energy ska, reflecting the decades-old legacy of Bob Marley and the Wailers, Sam Cooke, The Skatalites and Bob Dylan. While Austin, Texas remains the supportive home base for this roots-ska sextet, international releases, tours backing some of the biggest names in ska music and shape-shifting shows ranging from Germany’s Reggae Summer Jam (Europe’s largest Reggae festival), to a sold-out New Year’s Eve show at La Fleche d’Or in Paris, to an appearance at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C have won the band world wide acclaim. 2008 marks the ten-year anniversary for The Stingers. To celebrate, the band is set to release their fourth full length, appropriately titled This Time Around (Mossburg Music 2008). The record features five different lead vocalists, special guests (former members included), big new tunes and a sound that displays the type of forward-thinking that has long characterized the Stingers’ sound. Produced by both Victor Rice and the band, This Time Around will be supported by a European tour during the spring of 2009.