The Stone Coyotes

Who are the Stone Coyotes and what are they doing in an Elmore Leonard novel?

The Stone Coyotes are a family trio. But, as one writer put it, "Don't expect lace curtains, casseroles or Partridge Family kitsch. With songwriter Barbara Keith on electric guitar and vocals, husband Doug Tibbles on drums, and stepson John Tibbles on bass, this is a unique band with a riveting sound.

As Elmore Leonard said, "Think AC/DC meets Patsy Cline."

And when that famed author Elmore Leonard ("Get Shorty", "Jackie Brown", "Out of Sight") began researching the music business for his new novel ,"Be Cool" (a sequel to "Get Shorty" in which the lead character Chili Palmer starts managing a rock band), he listened to industry heavyweights such as Gwen Stefani, Alanis Morissette, and even had the boys from Aerosmith over for a barbecue.

But it wasn't until Leonard walked in the Troubadour in L.A. one night and discovered the Stone Coyotes, that he found the model for Chili's next adventure. As Leonard says, "It's something I can understand, and that Chili Palmer can understand." A partnership was formed, and lyrics from their album, "Church of the Falling Rain" will be included in "Be Cool". Their recent appearances with him in "An Evening of Words and Music" at L.A.'s Viper Room in L.A. and the Mercury Lounge in New York will be repeated in future shows around the country.

Earlier this year, the band signed with Bug Music, publishing administrators who will promote the songs worldwide. Barbara says, "Any company that has Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters, and Beavis and Butthead is our kind of company."

The band continues to gain attention with their live shows in New England, New York City, L.A. and Nashville. Trends may come and but The Stone Coyotes are the real thing. They rock - and they mean it.

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