Caleb Stine is an American artist known for his performance, songwriting, and visual art. Flying just below the mainstream radar, Stine has released a dozen albums, opened shows for Jason Isbell, Bombino, and Sam Bush, acted Off-Broadway, and drawn storyboards for John Waters, and he has now released his 12th album, “The Life and Times of a Handyman.”
Baltimore Magazine says Stine has been, “leading listeners toward an appreciation of genuine Americana music long before his genre found itself in the midst of a major revival.”
“The Life and Times of a Handyman” is a collection of ten unflinchingly honest songs in which Stine speaks of truth, family, home, and whiskey. Recorded at house in the hills in Virginia, the album evokes the serene qualities of the tranquil setting.
The setting was perfect for Stine who says, “I like wood and acoustic sounds – music that could be made in any century.” “Handyman” features members of Baltimore’s roots-music collective and includes longtime collaborator Nick Sjostrom (bass, keys, vocals), the Honeydew Drop’s Kagey Parish (guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Laura Wortman (banjo, guitar, vocals), and Audrey Hamilton (upright bass, fiddle, vocals).
His deeply-personal music has been described by Honest Tune Magazine as “somewhere between the renegade cowboy-poetry of Townes Van Zandt and the sweet rough and tumble sound of Neil Young’s “Harvest.” The power in his music comes not from overwhelming volume or violent guitars, but from simple strums and carefully measured words that together carry an army of unmatched strength.”
The uncommonly gifted songwriter describes his music simply, “I like to produce songs that breathe and spit, and sometimes leave fresh wildflowers on your doorstep.”