He and his band, Roosterfoot, sounded tough and lean. Stainback's powerful, soulful vocals echoed through Scope in Norfolk on original tunes such as "Carolina Home" and "Through the Fire." This hometown talent stacked up well against the out-of-town pros.
Loyal Seger fans sure seemed to think so. They gave Stainback a warm reception, cheering for a young artist who clearly has absorbed lessons from classic rock.
"I thought it was cool. It was definitely the biggest crowd I'd played in front of," Stainback told me Thursday. "But we were ready. We'd put a lot of work into it. And I couldn't see anybody past the front row, so that kind of surprised me."
Both at Scope and after the show online, Stainback said he's received lots of encouragement.
Still, he's not ready to quit his day job. Stainback works with BAE Systems shipyard in Norfolk.
"We're going to keep doing what we do every day, working our day jobs, practicing, making good decisions ... Nothing's changed. It's the biggest gig we've ever had, but at the end of the day, it's just a gig. You've got to keep moving forward."
What memory will he cherish from the experience?
"It would have to be the high you get from moving that many people," Stainback told me. "Music moves people. When you can get a response from that many people, it's a huge rush of energy. It's pretty exhilarating. That's why I'm in this. To move people."