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