Carra “Mamma Coal” Stasney was born and raised near Detroit MI and recently transplanted to Tucson after living in Portland OR for twelve years. Carra is a singer-songwriter steeped in the traditional sounds of country and roots music. She has been playing and writing for over twenty years. Whether leading a six piece band, or playing a solo set, she brings her full soul and spirit to each song.
Carra cut her country music teeth by playing in several classic country cover bands, singing songs by her heroes like Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Loretta Lynn. She also had the opportunity to regularly sing June Carter’s parts with a Johnny Cash tribute band. A committed songwriter, she’s released four albums of original music, two as band leader with American Cosmos and Copper & Coal, and two solo efforts. Her last album Raven Haired Vixen was inspired by Willie Nelson’s album Red Headed Stranger. Saving Country Music writer Kyle Coroneos wrote of the album, "Mamma Coal has made an answer to Red Headed Stranger from a strong female point of view, and in a way that both rises to the challenge, honors the original effort, and perhaps most importantly, highlights her gifts to music as a singer and songwriter." You can hear it on Spotify, Amazon and YouTube.
Carra’s musical accomplishments of note include seeing her lyrics printed in American Songwriter magazine and having Copper & Coal’s album, which featured 7 of her original songs, make it to #1 on the Freeform American Roots chart in 2014. She has two children, ages five and two, and earned the nickname “Mamma Coal” from Copper & Coal’s drummer after her first born arrived. She has been enjoying a very warm welcome from the musicians and music fans around Tucson and hopes to record another album soon.
Keep an eye out for her children’s music project “Kids’ Country,” which features fiddle, banjo, electric guitar and harmony vocals. Country music for kids and families including original songs about fun stuff like javelinas, monsoon season, and potty training!