National Bank of Dad
Stan and Paul' are award-winning acoustic musicians who perform original music in and around Houston, Texas. Their songs generally focus on the fun and entertaining side of life. They have been described as "wonderfully witty" and "frickin' funny," and are often compared to The Smothers Brothers (quite a compliment). Stan Stan Hatch is a Yankee by birth and a Texan by choice. He was born in New York state, grew up in Michigan, lived in Illinois for many years, and moved to Texas in 2001. Stan first learned to play guitar in his teens when his older brother let him borrow one. In the early '90's, he bought a guitar from his barber and started playing again. Stan found that playing an old acoustic guitar was a perfect remedy for high-tech job stress. But he had no inclination to perform outside his home. After Stan moved to Houston, he started playing guitar for fun with his great friend and acoustic partner Paul McCann. As a lark, Stan wrote a song called You Didn't Have To Do That. Then after writing a tuition check for his daughter, Stan penned National Bank of Dad. Paul helped compose music for both songs and suggested performing them at an open-mic. With the support of the Houston acoustic music community, things have progressed from there. Stan's songwriting influences include Harry Chapin, Steve Goodman, Alan Sherman, and Jim Henson. Life has an amazing way of surprising us all once in a while. Just a few years ago, Stan never imagined performing in public, much less recording a CD. Forrest Gump's mom had it right about life and chocolates: you never know what you're going to get. Paul Paul McCann has lived a quarter of his life as a Texan, nearly fulfilling his boyhood dream of becoming a cowboy. He even has the boots to prove it. He was born and raised in Jackson, Michigan and still has many roots there. Paul started playing guitar when he was in his early twenties. His children were convinced he wrote Taxi because he played it so often. When Paul's time became more available in 2003, he started playing guitar with his great friend Stan Hatch, forming 'Stan and Paul.' This was a wonderful outlet. But you can only play Proud Mary so often, so they started collaborating on some of their own original songs. Paul was the one to suggest performing for an audience. It took persistence, but he eventually convinced Stan to give it a try. Paul is still surprised that he and Stan are performing, and at how much fun they have doing it. Paul is also an accomplished magician, specializing in close up effects. He occasionally includes magic into "Stan and Paul" shows for that "Full Entertainment Experience." Paul's performing influences primarily came from watching early TV shows. He distinctly recalls coming home from Kindergarten to watch The Jack Benny Show while eating graham crackers. That may explain a lot. His musical influence is less specific, but Steve Goodman and John Prine are favorites.