Daily Press Article: “Country band goes from tippin' cows to stompin' hearts”

Below is an excerpt from 2/14/19 article from the Newport News, VA paper The Daily Press:

The idea of a name change had been in play for a long time.

In 2015, Gina Dalmas and the Cow Tippin’ Playboys almost re-branded themselves as Trailer Swift. They ended up keeping their name and using that as an album title.

But in September, it happened. The Cow Tippin’ Playboys, one of the region’s most popular country bands, became the Heart Stompers.

“We didn’t want — and I didn’t want — that focus to be so much on me,” Dalmas said. “It’s a group effort. I’m not the only one who sings, or the only one who writes songs. Plus, it’s a really long name and it didn’t always fit on marquees easily.”

Read the whole article here.

Photo by Robin Gustin

Photo by Robin Gustin

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Coming Up This Week

Tuesday, February 12 Gina Dalmas will be performing with a host of talented women at the 2019 Veer Music Awards. Wednesday you can catch her supporting the YWCA at Flick It Friday’s 3rd Annual Galentine’s Day Event 9 to 5. Joined by Skye Zentz, she’ll kick off the fundraising party by leading a singalong to Dolly Parton’s song 9 to 5. This event sells out every year, get there early for tickets!

Friday, February 15 the band will be performing on the Hampton Roads Show! The show will be broadcast at 11 am on NBC affiliate Wavy 10. Tune in and watch some of us struggle with being awake so early.

Saturday, February 16 Gina will be making a special appearance at The Lonely Teardrops Show @ Mojo Bones OV in Norfolk and singing a few songs with Katie Teardrop.


special guest

Katie & Gina @ Mojo Bones OV

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“…probably really, really good.”

Country music skeptic Jeff Hewitt weighs in on our 2.1.19 show with The Josephines: “To be clear, this is not my music. My appreciation of Country begins and ends with Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson. But these songs feel like an all access pass into the world of this music. Sitting through their set I get a sense of why some folks swear by the genre. And I find myself humming along despite my biases. This is how you know that something you're not particularly qualified to evaluate is probably really, really good. “ You can check out the whole review including his take on The Josephines here.

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Trash Talk

Check out this cool awesome video clip featuring Gina Dalmas on vocals! Thanks to songwriter/educator/performer Skye Zentz for recruiting Gina for this project. The video is part of GreenBeats, a WHRO-produced series of animated shorts targeted towards young children. Each segment focuses on critical environmental issues and themes and this one in particular has some sweet animation. You can watch the whole video here - share with kids you know! Also share with a**holes who don’t recycle!

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The only time you'll find us pushing Cocaine

We discovered Tyler Mahan Coe’s podcast Cocaine and Rhinestones earlier this year when we opened up for his dad (David Allan Coe). The New Yorker says it’s “an addictive, sparkling podcast About Country Music” and we have to agree. The podcast seemed relatively unknown when we started listening, but as evidenced by the referenced The New Yorker praise, it’s since pretty much become a hit. If you’re haven’t tried it, give it a go. Tyler’s voice took us some getting used to (can’t put our finger on why exactly, he just sounded…different than we imagined) but we were hooked in short order.

We are also completely in love with Mike Judge’s Tales From the Tour Bus — but it’s harder to access. If you have Cinemax, go watch it immediately. If not, find someone who does and won’t mind you parking your butt on their couch for a while.

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Gina & The Cow Tippin' Playboys are no more!

By Any Other Name: Gina Dalmas and The Cow Tippin’ Playboys to Become The Heart Stompers

Norfolk, VA Sept 18, 2018:  Norfolk band Gina Dalmas and The Cow Tippin’ Playboys announced this week that the band is officially changing its name to The Heart Stompers.  The band explained the name change reflects their evolution as a collective group as opposed to a solo artist plus band.  Gina Dalmas explained, “We’re a team, we all work together, and we want the name to reflect our collaborative effort. Plus, the old name was a bit wordy and sometimes hard to remember,” she added.  “People come up and tell us they love our band name… but then they can’t quite remember what it is,” she laughed.  “They’d get my name right, but then continue with The Cow Catching Cowboys, or The Cowboy Tippers, or ‘something about tipping cows’.  We love the old name but hope folks will love the new name just as much.”

The band will be playing the Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival (with Jason “Hoss” Hicks) in Bristol, TN later this weekend, September 21-23 and the Virginia Beach Neptune Fest September 28.

 The Heart Stompers (formerly Gina Dalmas and The Cow Tippin’ Playboys) are an alt-country Americana band from Norfolk, VA.  The group won the 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013 and the 2012 Veer Magazine Award for Best Country Artist, the 2009 Portfolio Music Award for Best Americana Music and the 2009 Meona Award for Best New Alt-Country Artist. Gina Dalmas and her Cow Tippin' Playboys reach deep into the roots of country music but end up making magic of their own.  In a world of knock-off country bands aiming for that new radio sound, this band manages to keep country music like it should be, honest, straight forward, and from the heart.


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High Score

Important news - Gina got the high score on Ms Pacman at The Thirsty Beaver in Charlotte!  Also, the show was awesome. (All shows at The Thirsty Beaver are pretty much awesome). We'll be back there in November!


The Thirsty Beaver at 1225 Central Ave. in Charlotte has hung on through a disruptive construction project of new apartments that has literally turned it into Plaza Midwood’s version of the house from the movie “Up.” The business is owned by brothers Mark and Brian Wilson.
- Jeff Siner jsiner@charlotteobserver.com from The Charlotte Observer



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Lillie Mae

Excited to be supporting Lillie Mae next week at The Camel in Richmond! "Lillie Mae is an Americana singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist and was a member of the sibling country/bluegrass family act Jypsi before working with Jack White and going solo." We'll be joined by Jason Hoss Hicks, mixing up our songs and his for a special set!

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Stupid Cancer, we hate it

Yo everyone, it's spring, and that's way cool.  Here's what's not cool: we had to cancel this Saturday's show at JVs due to a death in the family (not in the band).  We know y'all understand, but we are sorry to cancel - DC peeps please go out and support JV's despite (or because of) our absence!  We hope to be back again soon.

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Saturdays show cancelled

Hank Dietle's Tavern in Rockville, MD was devastated by fire early Feb 14, 2018.  We are heartborken at the news.  There are rumors of a possible rebuild, we sure hope those rumors come true.Photo via Pete Piringer Chief Spokesperson for Montgomery County (MD) Fire & Rescue Service

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Heart of Gold: A Valentine's Tribute to Neil Young

We'll be playing with Gordon Bradley on Valentine's Day doing a set of Neil Young tunes at the Norva.  It's a night of Neil Young, with Brackish Water Jamboree performing "Harvest" in it's entirety!  Come out and share the love with us on Valentine's Day. 

Heres a little write-up from No Depression the last time we played with Gordon Bradley:"One standout performance, though, belonged, to Dalmas with a heaven-piercing Led Zeppelin tune, her voice doing all the ups and downs required."  

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Fun with Lucky 757 and Katie & the Teardrops

Write-up from last Saturday's show -- 

"Gina & the Cow Tipping Playboys featured some raw, stripped down combination of country cum rockabilly. She sort of strikes a chord in my head like if June Carter was Johnny Cash, instead of Johnny being Johnny. If that makes sense."

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A Stable Genius

I’ve been hesitant for years about writing posts, updates, blogs, tweets, and thus do so only rarely. Last year may have been my most self-doubting year of all – only one update to news on this page!  We aren’t dead, plenty happened I might’ve mentioned.  I’m always suspicious the content of whatever I might contribute might be trite, or boring, proud or boastful, inadvertently "borrowed" from another source, perhaps not funny, not enlightening, or woefully ignorant. Or I’ll miss a grammatical error, which makes me crazy.  But after reflecting on this past year, it seems I’ve been on the wrong track.  I’m no genius, and may not be particularly stable, but I’m certain I have at least as much to contribute as our current president.  

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Spring healing

Thanks to all who voted us Best Country Artist in the 2017 Veer Magazine Music awards -- we're celebrating our win by coming out of hibernation! Now that our bass player is mostly back on his feet after Achilles surgery we are venturing out and about  and looking forward to our upcoming shows.  Hope to see you there too!

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Fall is upon us!

Officially fall is only almost upon us, only 12 more days!  But screw the calendar, CP Shuckers at the Virginia Beach oceanfront is having their Fall Fest a little early!  The festival is tomorrow 9/10/16 with 6 fabulous bands.  We'll be on the stage feeling extra-fabulous from 7:30-8:45pm.  Afterwards we'll be hauling ass to our next gig in Norfolk at the Ocean View Mojo Bones, where we'll take the stage around 10pm or so. Come on out to one or both shows for back-to-back formidably impressive badassery.

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Sorry folks

Sorry all, tonights show at Mojo Bones in OV is cancelled due to illness.  Hope to see you soon!

  • 06/25/16 Saturday - Mojo Bones in Ocean VieCANCLLED DUE to ILLNESS
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