He would stay with LTV for 31 years, and eventually settled in Lake Station, Indiana, a community almost entirely populated by transplanted southerners. Dane had played in a little local group in Owensboro, but had no real musical ambitions. On a trip back home in 1965 he was discovered at a party and was brought to the Sun studio by Bettye Berger (Ivory Joe Hunter's manager) to cut a custom session of Johnny Cash covers. Putting it mildly, Stinit's style owes a considerable debt to Johnny Cash.
As it happened, Sam Phillips walked in the studio during the session, took over the controls from Stan Kesler and was impressed enough to sign the singer to Sun. On January 29, 1966, Phillips brought Dane back into the studio to cut a session in the Johnny Cash mould, complete with boom-chicka- boom backing. For six years after Cash's departure to Columbia, Phillips had been releasing Johnny Cash singles from the Sun vaults, but he was now staring at the bottom of the barrel and possibly thought he could recreate the Cash magic with Stinit. Or maybe it was just nostalgia. "Don't Knock What You Don't Understand"/"Always On the Go" was released in May 1966 (Sun 402).
It sold well enough for Stinit to be invited back on November 29, 1966, for a second session. This time Sam Phillips had decided to let him sound more like himself than Johnny Cash. Seven titles were recorded this time, of which only two were released at the time : "That Muddy Ole River (Near Memphis, Tennessee)"/"Sweet Country Girl" (Sun 405, issued in February 1967 Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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