Al Staehely has been writing and playing music for a long time. Born and raised in one of the world’s most influential music towns, Staehely often found great inspiration in the nooks and crannies of Austin’s musical landscape. His foray into instrumentation and songwriting began at an early age thanks in part to his mother’s love of good music. An injury in his early teens resulting from the intense heat of a typical Texas summer kept Staehely from further pursuing athletic endeavors. Staehely began to channel his energy into making music. In the early ‘70s, Staehely hopped on the first plane to Los Angeles where he joined the well-established ‘60s rock band Spirit. Staehely took on the role of the band’s frontman, bassist, and principle songwriter. Over the past few of decades, Staehely has collaborated with some of music’s greatest musicians. He has lent his signature sound to many an album and has had several of his own songs recorded by Keith Moon, Bobbie Gentry, Patti Dahlstrom, Nick Gravenites, John Cipollina, Marty Balin, Peter Cox, and Hodges, James & Smith.