CD Release Saturday, September 25th


Baltimore, MD – Emerging from the widely-divergent Baltimore music scene is singer/ songwriter Caleb
Stine who is the soul of that scene, and the best representation of a city he calls, “vibrant, troubled,
and passionate.” His straightforward, honest, music is what Baltimore is at its core – hardworking,
genuine, and unafraid to tell it like it is. Armed with a storyteller’s eye and a restless independent
spirit, Stine is set to deliver his latest album, ‘I Wasn’t Built for a Life Like This’, on September 25, 2010.

This year has been a busy one for Stine. In addition to his solo-touring schedule and regular
shows with alt-country rockers The Brakemen, he has collaborated with artists as diverse as Arty Hill
(who has been called the future of Honky-tonk by the Houston Press), Kenny Liner of The Bridge,
and rapper Saleem. Stine and Saleem’s long running partnership has produced the album, ‘Outgrown
These Walls’, which the Baltimore Sun called, “Truly compelling.” The standout track from the
album, “Baltimore”, was used by CNN in a news segment on prescription drug addiction. Stine has also
found time this year to score two independent documentaries.

His deeply-personal music has been described by Honest Tune Magazine as, “somewhere
between the renegade cowboy-poetry of Townes Van Zandt and the sweet rough and tumble sound of
Neil Young’s ‘Harvest’. The power in his music comes not from overwhelming volume or violent guitars,
but from simple strums and carefully measured words that together carry an army of unmatched

‘I Wasn’t Built for a Life Like This’, Stine’s 5th full-length album, is a collection of ten-
unflinchingly direct songs in which Stine continues to tell the story of his exploration in what he
calls, “an evolving and eroding America. “ The New Yorker calls this direct approach, “appropriately
train-like, steady and powerful.” His timeless style of songwriting evokes images of a classic generation
of outlaw-country songwriters like Kris Kristofferson, Steve Earle, and Willie Nelson. Each song is
glimpse into the heart and soul of America.

Baltimore Magazine proclaims about his songwriting, “Stine weds wide-eyed sensitivity to
world-weary tunes with a warm twang. He contemplates right and wrong, love and hate, and questions
the durability of what’s pure.”

The uncommonly gifted songwriter simply explains, “I like to produce songs that breathe and
spit, and sometimes leave fresh wildflowers on your doorstep.”

Stine will celebrate the release of, I Wasn’t Built For a Like This, with an intimate show at the
Creative Alliance at the Patterson on September 25.

–Tim Newby

CNN Report Features ‘Baltimore’ by Caleb and Saleem



On Sunday May 30, at 3:30, Caleb Stine plays a set at the 25th Sowebofest! Check out details and schedules at

Thanks to Novembergirl for the photo.

The Honey Dewdrops

Playing with Caleb at The Night Cat in Easton, MD on Thursday, May 13, 8pm.

Caleb Stine and The Brakemen to Play Grassroots Haiti Benefit

‘Heads Together For Haiti’ on Friday, March 19, at 7pm

Baltimore—The local Holistic Living and Learning Center will be co-sponsoring, “Heads Together for Haiti”, a benefit on Friday, March 19 at The Metro Gallery to raise money for the recently earthquake-struck country.  The event, organized by Holistic Living member Rachael Tanner, will feature live, local music from Caleb Stine & The Brakemen, The Fearsome Creatures, The Matrimonials, and Bobby E. Lee and the Sympathizers, a silent auction, and a 50/50 raffle.

All proceeds will benefit Heads Together, an organization based in Port-Au-Prince, and will be used to rebuild the Jean Jacques Dessaline school, which was founded in part by Heads Together facilitator Gerard Lumarque.

Baltimore native Rachael Tanner lived and worked in Haiti from 2002-2003 with Heads Together. Heads Together is a democratically, consensus run grassroots organization that works in areas of need for the people of their community. Their work includes adult literacy centers, various environmental projects, and the elementary school, Jean Jacques Dessaline for those children in the community who would be unable to attend school otherwise because of high costs.

The facilitator of Heads Together, Gerard Lumarque, and a team of Haitian teachers founded the school, Jean Jacques Dessaline, in 2006. The dynamic pedagogical philosophy, educational approach, and curriculum design make the school unique to the region. This is due to the dedication of the teaching staff. For example, after the first school year, when they lost their building contract and the budget was too low on funds, the team of teachers worked all summer under the hot Caribbean sun to build a new building, without pay.

Sadly, like so many other buildings in the recent earthquake, the school collapsed. Even though many of them are dealing with lost family members and homes, the teachers are still making the daily trek to the school site and holding classes in the schoolyard under tarps.

Tanner hopes that the benefit will help to rebuild the school and is excited about her local Baltimore community helping her cherished Haitian community! If we put our Heads Together all things can be accomplished!

Heads Together for Haiti

Friday, March 19, 2010

7 pm.

The Metro Gallery is located at 1700 North Charles Street

(on the corner of Lanvale and Charles Streets.)

For press inquiries, contact Rachael Tanner.


Caleb and Saleem’s ‘Baltimore’ Becomes A Mural


‘Baltimore’ Mural To Be Unveiled On March 4 At Penn Station

A group of students from The University of Baltimore and MICA teamed together to create a four panel mural based on the song ‘Baltimore’.  Caleb and Saleem, originally paired up by WTMD in a song-writing collaboration, released ‘Baltimore’ in 2008 on their album ‘Outgrown These Walls’.  The song is full of rich city imagery, many of which comes to life in the mural, set to be unveiled at Baltimore’s Penn Station on March 4, at 2pm.  Caleb and Saleem will perform during the official reception. Further Information Can Be Found Here at MICA’s Site. And here’s a nice article about the whole project on BmoreMedia.

Caleb To Open For Jason Isbell At Ram’s Head

Caleb will be playing a solo set opening up for the Alabama singer/songwriter Jason Isbell, on March 4 at Ram’s Head in Annapolis.