Clint Stevens is a seven-piece Reggae/funk/rock band formed in Tempe, Arizona. The band was originally formed by Clint Richardson (guitar) and Steve Rector (vocals), who began writing music together when they were roommates. Their first performance as Clint Stevens was at an open mic in April of 2016, with the addition of Joe Irizarry (keys) and Nick “Groove” Turner (bass). The group quickly found a Drummer and began playing in small bars and venues around Phoenix, AZ.
In March of 2017, Clint Stevens released their debut EP, ‘The Pinner’ which they recorder at Deep Roots Studios in Tempe, AZ. The first track on the album, ‘Mountains’ was featured by Chaz Fertal, a local saxophonist from the Arizona reggae band, The Hourglass Cats. After playing a few shows with Clint Stevens, Chaz would become their full time sax player. Soon to follow would be the addition of Henri Benard (percussion) who also plays with The Hourglass Cats, as well as Arizona bands Dry River Yacht Club and Okilly Dokilly. Late in 2017, Clint Stevens saw a lineup change as they brought in a new drummer, Z Castro, who’s traditional roots reggae styling has brought the ideal sound for the band.
Now in their third year, Clint Stevens has joined the likes of Fayuca and Black Bottom Lighters as one of the top reggae bands to play with in Arizona. They have gained respect among true roots reggae fans, having played with such legends as The Wailers, Toots & the Maytals, Barrington Levy, and Katchafire, and they continue to grow their fan base by playing as many shows as they can fit on their calendar. In addition to playing with popular reggae artists like Raging Fyah, Iya Terra, The Movement, Ballyhoo!, and E.N Young, they have also taken part in Pot of Gold Music Festival two years in a row, joining Fortunate Youth, Rebelution, Pepper, Dirty Heads, 311, NOFX, Less Than Jake, and many more.
Headed into the new year with heavy momentum, Clint Stevens will start 2019 by participating in the first ever Arizona Music & Arts Festival, and are anticipating the release of their first full-length album.