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Jeff Stike

www.jeffstikemusic.com

It gives me great pleasure to announce the 2017 ARTIST of the YEAR, Mr. Jeff Stike. We got our very first listen to the music of this man in September of 2012 after a chance encounter and first run-in with him at a convenience store in Stewartstown, PA. He said that he had heard about our radio program and that I was "just the man he had been looking for." Within 5 minutes I was handed a few CD's, given the details about what each CD contained, and was also given some details about a "Gettysburg" project that he would also share with me after he polished some of the recordings he was working on. Tall and physically strong in appearance, you could tell he was a working man. Kind and gracious and well spoken, you could also tell he was a gentleman. The type of person that you could shake the hand of after he gave you his word and after which you instantly knew he was good for it, as sure as the sun rises every morning. That first impression he left me with is what lead me to popping the CD into the CD player of my truck the moment I got back in it.




As immediate as I knew that Jeff Stike was a gentleman during our first meeting, after about 30 seconds of listening to the first song on the CD, "Brandy Station", I knew he was the real deal. Soulful and warming vocals combined with beatiful guitar picking and lyrics in rhyme that make you want to keep listening and hear the whole story. Each song that followed on the self burned CD with magic marker titling backed up the first impressions I had been given and by the end of the disc, I felt like I already knew this guy whom I had just met some hours before. That's the difference between those who write and perform their own songs and those who perform songs by other people. When you tell a story based on your own experiences or in your own words...you bare a little bit of your own soul...or all of it.

In the past 4 years that Jeff Stike has been a part of our playlist we have heard (4) self produced releases. "Gettysburg", an album detailing the events of the Civil War from Brandy Station to the battle of Gettysburg in words and music. "Color Bearer", the memoirs of John Stikeleather (14th North Carolina Infantry) who was the Flag Bearer in the confederate army. "Steel Rail Blues", a series of Jeff Stike original songs AND a second album of originals titled "God and Coffee". In the same 4 years we have also seen Jeff Stike play on average 2 to 3 shows a week (and sometimes more). Sometimes it is just him and well known rock-a-billy bassists Mr. Bob Howard (aka Brother Bob) performing in the corner of a dim lit bar (and I must add that Brother Bob is literally the best bass player around these parts and delivers a harmony that compliments any rhyme you are spitting out), and other times you can see the FULL SPREAD, the Jeff Stike Band, performing a festival or county fair. Sometimes you can see pieces and parts of the Jeff Stike Band in other arrangements supporting friends' projects. In any combination or pairing, you can clearly see (and hear) that Jeff Stike is a true musical talent who was BORN with a gift.


"The hardest working man in the business", which is what I have often introduced him as, is no understatement. The hours this man puts into his craft, his songs and his performance are countless and very noticeable in every line of every song and in every set of every show. I am happy to call him my friend AND the 2017 MyRuralRadio.com ARTIST of the YEAR.

~ Michael S. Males - Station Co-founder

To read more about Jeff Stike, please go to his official website at
www.jeffstikemusic.com.




"Pretty Fair Maid (In The Garden)"
Arranged by Jeff Stike
Featuring Brianna Stike and Bobby Howard



Live performance from Jeff Stike at MyRuralRadio's Fall Fest 8
Produced by Viable Media Solutions













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