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WNY's Multi-Award Winning Original Rock Band

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~Meet The Band~

 

TOM STAHL

Vocals, Guitar (Acoustic/Electric),

Harmonica

MARK STAHL

Keyboards

 

 

GARY GORSKI

Bass Guitar

GARY KOWALSKI

Drums/Percussion

 

SAM STAHL

Electric Guitar

(if available)

PAST MEMBERS:

Paul Hill (1997-1999)

Geno McManus (2000)

Tommy Jordan (2000)

Dave Courtemanche (2001-2008)

Marty Peters (2001-2008; 2009-2011)

Todd Fierstein (2008-2009)

Mark Dux (2008-2010)

Photo credit: Triple T


~Lineup History~

Original lineup (Dangerfields v1.0) from left to right:

Mark Stahl, Paul Hill, Gary Kowalski & Tom Stahl

Dangerfields v1.0 (1997-1999):

Tom Stahl, Mark Stahl, Gary Kowalski

& Paul Hill

 

Dangerfields v2.0 (2000):

Tom Stahl, Mark Stahl, Gary Kowalski,

Tommy Jordan & Geno McManus

 

Dangerfields v3.0 (2001-2008):

Tom Stahl, Mark Stahl, Gary Kowalski,

Dave Courtemanche & Marty Peters

 

Dangerfields v4.0 (2008):

Tom Stahl, Mark Stahl, Gary Kowalski,

Dave Courtemanche & Todd Fierstein

Dangerfields v5.0 (2008-2009):

Tom Stahl, Mark Stahl, Gary Kowalski,

Mark Dux & Todd Fierstein

 

Dangerfields v6.0 (2009-2010):

Tom Stahl, Mark Stahl, Gary Kowalski,

Mark Dux & Marty Peters

 

Dangerfields v7.0 (2011):

Tom Stahl, Mark Stahl, Gary Kowalski,

Gary Gorski & Marty Peters

 

Dangerfields v8.0 (2011-Present):

Tom Stahl, Mark Stahl, Gary Kowalski,

Gary Gorski & Sam Stahl

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Photo credits: Mary Lou Stahl (v1-v5), Triple T (v6 & v8), Harry Scull Jr. (v7)


~The History~

Tom Stahl used to drive around in a truck full of paint saying, "Would you like paddles and strainers with that?" One day, he hurt his back. He went to the doctor and said, "Doctor! Doctor! It hurts when I do that." The doctor said, "Don't do that." Tom Stahl then started writing songs. And the rest, as they say, is the future.

 

 The journey to the 2017 induction class into the Buffalo Music Hall Of Fame started back in 1994. In October of 1994 Tom Stahl had back surgery and that forced him to quit his truck-driving career. He had a degree in Communications, but had written a song or two, and with the support of his wife Mary Lou, he decided to continue in that direction. Tom picked up his guitar and turned to music. In early 1995 he went to an open mic at Nietzsche's in Buffalo NY with four original songs. The organizer of the open mic, Michael Meldrum, asked Tom to come back and do a songwriter showcase in March 1995. In the Spring of that same year, he brought his best tunes out on a debut cassette entitled "I Wanna Be Ignorant". Now there's a CD bearing the same name, the same tunes and a generous helping of extra tracks to go with them. The ball started rolling from there. In 1996, Tom came out with his second CD, entitled "The Song Is The Thing". Over the next three years, Tom released two more original CDs entitled "Hang On” and “Shut Up and Smell The Coffee" with the backing of his band [originally known as the Tom Stahl Band, now known as Tom Stahl And The Dangerfields]. In 2000 they collaborated on the 1st CD bearing that name. The CD was entitled "Nothing", and was released in 2001. The songs from this CD were featured on the Food Network show, "Food Nation" with Bobby Flay. The band also made special cameo appearances on this show. In May 2002 they released, "At The Tralf" (as Tom so eloquently put it “just in time for Mother’s Day”), a set of live recordings from a December 2001 concert. In April 2003, the band released the 7th CD entitled, “Most Town”. The 8th CD followed in December 2006, “King Of The World”. Tom went back to his roots & recorded an Acoustic CD of some of his favorites along with some new songs in August of 2011. This CD became available for sale in early 2012. The 10th CD entitled "You Are Here, Be Here", featuring the band was released in May 2014 followed by their 11th CD entitled "This World Right Here" with a release date of July 2016. Tom as a solo artist and with his band mates, has opened for such acts as Three Dog Night, Eric Burdon & The Animals, Loverboy, Joan Osborne, America, Don McLean, Poco, Sara Craig, Black 47, Moxy Fruvous, Tom Cochrane, David Wilcox, Dave Mason, Ron Hawkins [Lowest Of The Low], Artimus Pyle [the original drummer for Lynyrd Skynyrd], Blues Legend Buddy Guy, Paul Revere And The Raiders, Leon Russell, Ellis Paul, Martin Sexton, John Sebastian [The Lovin’ Spoonful], Vance Gilbert and Loudon Wainwright III. The Dangerfields have been labeled as R&B, folk, rock, pop, rockabilly, and country. Their sound has been described as a cross between The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & the Barenaked Ladies. We call it "Dangerfield-esque". What everyone DOES agree upon is that this is some of the best songwriting you are likely to hear east of Eden.

 

Discography:

1995 - "I Wanna Be Ignorant"

1996 - "The Song is the Thing"

1997 - "Hang On"

2000 - "Shut Up and Smell the Coffee"

2001 - "Nothing"

2002 - "At The Tralf"

2003 - "Most Town"

2006 - "King Of The World"

2011 - "Tom Stahl Acoustic"

2014 - "You Are Here, Be Here"

2016 - "This World Right Here"

 

CD Singles:

2001 - "Are There Angels" CD single

2005 - "Are There Angels" CD single re-release

 

 

We would be remiss not to mention the history of the management for the band. Mary Lou Stahl booked the shows, financed the CD recordings, took promo pictures & worked to get the ball rolling from the inception of the band until late 2006. Although no longer actively managing, she still remains involved with the band & continues to contribute pictures from shows. Mary Lou passed the torch on to Tim Toepfer (a.k.a. TRIPLE T), who married into the family a couple of years prior in 2004. Tim started off as a photo contributor in late 2005. He continues to handle that duty as well as assisting with bookings for the band. Tim also maintains the band's website that he created in 2005 along with all the band's social media accounts.

 

THE PAST IS THE PAST, BUT IT PAVES THE WAY FOR THE FUTURE!

 


TOM STAHL AND THE DANGERFIELDS - Folk Rock Served With A Side Of Sarcasm

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