He anchored one of America’s most influential and beloved indie rock bands: The Replacements.
His solo canon and assorted band projects (Bash & Pop, Perfect) are an uncompromising meld of traditional rock ‘n’ roll, roots, and pop punk.
He brought his formidable skills to Soul Asylum as a touring and recording bassist (Silver Lining/2006, Delayed Reaction/2011), and toiled in W. Axl Rose’s Hired Guns ‘n’ Roses (Chinese Democracy/2008).
A composer, recording artist, sideman, collaborator, band-member, guitarist; Thomas Eugene Stinson embodies that which is the essence of a rock bassist in a time-honored setting: he leaves space for the singer, he hangs on the root notes during the guitar solos and vocals, and he always locks in with the kick-drum whilst rendering lines that are austere, melodic, and most functional.
Among Stinson’s bass-ic weapons of choice include ESP, Rickenbacker, and Fender.
When The ‘Mats make their long overdue entrance into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, I expect them to tear the f—n’ place down!