Proud to be a part of the revival of the Oklahoma Red Dirt scene, Tear Stained Eye blends an eclectic mix of poetic life experiences with powerful instrumentals in creating their signature Americana sound. Comprised of Wild Bill Crane, Andy Cox, Chase Evans, and Travis McKinzie, Tear Stained Eye uses their music as a platform to express the events that have affected the trials, tribulations and triumphs of their daily lives. Each member has a unique musical background to contribute to the music that pays homage to many of life’s struggles. Tear Stained Eye is endeavoring for change in the music industry, to continue writing music that involves the gambit of human emotions and phases of life the mind subsists through.
“Wild Bill” Crane grew up with a passion for art and music. He attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he performed throughout western Oklahoma as a solo artist. While in school he met Andy Cox and the two continued to play together for years to come. In 2010, Bill and Andy formed Tear Stained Eye, an Americana band with a knack for sharp country licks and true human emotion its music. Over the next two years Bill’s writing style would gradually change into what it is today – emotional lyrics similar to that of George Jones with an alternative rock instrumental style that has been compared to Matchbox 20 and American Aquarium. In late 2012, and after two very dramatic membership changes, The Tear Stained Eye’s starting lineup was set.
To promote their music to the masses, Bill, Andy, Chase, and Travis have taken center stage at many of Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri's most popular music venues, including Willie's in Stillwater OK, J.C. Cowboys in Weatherford OK, and Arbuckle Ballroom in Davis OK and Galloway Station in Springfield MO. Some of the great musicians they have shared the stage with are Bleu Edmondson, Great Divide, Chad Sullins and the LCC, Ryan Reid, and many others. They also made their television debut on KSBI’s OKLAHOMA LIVE! and won the Texaco Country Showdown hosted by KECO radio.
In mid 2013, they released The Tear Stained Eye EP that they recorded with legendary producer Mike McClure and Joe Hardy.