Stalwarts of North Carolina's Research Triangle area blues/rock scene, the Stinging Blades have been lifting spirits since 1989. Founding members and N.C. natives, Joe Bell (vocals, harmonica, songwriting) and Bill McCarthy (guitar) have been active since the 70's in local rock outfits that include: Hot Possum, the Fabulous Pamonas, the Flying Pigs and the Pattersons in which Bill and Joe first joined forces in 1987. Highly influenced by the great soul singers of the 60's, many of whom he had the good fortune to see perform in their heyday, Joe Bell has been belting it out with bravado since the age of 14. “Blistering Bill” McCarthy, who really came into his own during the “New Wave” era of the early 80's, took up guitar at 13 and has been burning up the fretboard ever since.
Guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, Dick MacPhail joined the band in 1996. Bitten by the rock guitar bug at age12, he has played in bands ever since, including two years of touring Mid-western bars during a hiatus from college. After his turn on the bar circuit, Dick returned to school to pursue a PhD and teaching career in chemistry. All the while he made music on the side in Berkeley, L.A., and finally N.C.
On bass and vocals is Montana native, Chuck “Groove Nailer” Taylor. He graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in audio engineering and has played since his teens in an assortment of rock, blues, country, and jazz combos from Billings to Brooklyn to Boston to Bynum.
Heating up the keyboards is Lindsay Rosebrock, whose facility with jazz, r&b, and rock idioms adds rich texture to the band's sound. Lindsay's formal music education includes study at Shenandoah Conservatory of Music, East Carolina University, and Berklee College of Music. Long a fixture of the Research Triangle music scene, he has played innumerable solo jazz piano gigs through the years and added his deft keyboard stylings to such units as Rebecca and the Hi Tones, The Big Blues Quartet, and multiple jazz and r&b ensembles which have warmed the crowds at shows with such artists as: Delbert McClinton, Muddy Waters, Koko Taylor, Dave Olney, NRBQ, Marcia Ball, and the Neville Brothers.
Rounding out the band is drummer George “Steady Rock” Hindenach. While earning a B.A. in music performance during the late 70's and early 80's at the University of South Florida, George financed his education by working as a side man to such luminaries as Joe Pass, Joe Williams, Steve Allen, and Liberace. From big band to rock and roll, he is one of the most sought after drummers in the Triangle music community.
The combined talents and varied experiences of all the band members give the Blades a sound and approach that is unique among the many fine outfits that play the blues/rock venues of the Triangle area.