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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Rob Stone - Gotta Keep Rollin' - available now

     
NEW FROM THE VIZZTONE LABEL GROUP

ROB STONE
gotta keep rollin'



NOW AVAILABLE!
click to preview or download from VizzTone.com


Deeply Rooted Original Chicago Blues - Today

with EDDIE SHAW, JOHN PRIMER, HENRY GRAY, CHRIS JAMES, PARTICK RYNN, DAVID MAXWELL


VizzTone proudly welcomes Rob Stone to the Family!

Deeply rooted in traditional Chicago blues, yet delivering high-energy house-rocking performances with a thoroughly contemporary impact, Rob Stone is one of the busiest young bandleaders on the blues scene today, with blasting harmonica and cool, streetwise vocals.

Stone started his career in Boston and Colorado, before moving to Chicago in 1993 to join the band of legendary blues drummer Sam Lay.  Touring internationally with Lay’s band for four years introduced Stone to blues fans worldwide. Rob and Sam continued to perform and record together over the years. “I have worked with many harmonica players, and he turned out to be the best. That cat is a monster harmonica player and musician!” said Sam (high praise from the drummer for Paul Butterfield’s vaunted mid-‘60s band, Howlin’ Wolf and Little Walter.)

Gotta Keep Rollin’, Stone’s fourth album as Bandleader and first with the VizzTone label group, features longtime band mates guitarist Chris James, bassist Patrick Rynn, and drummer Willie “The Touch” Hayes, as well as some highly acclaimed Chicago Blues masters: sax blaster and recent Blues Hall of Fame inductee Eddie Shaw, guitarist John Primer, piano player David Maxwell, and a special appearance by former Howlin’ Wolf piano man Henry Gray.

Rob’s previous albums have been well received by fans and critics.  His 2010 Earwig CD, Back Around Here, soared high on the blues charts for months and was named by Living Blues magazine as one of the year’s top CDs.  It was preceded by 1998’s No Worries and 2003’s Just My Luck, which was nominated for a Chicago Music Award in the Best Blues Album category. Stone was also featured prominently in the Martin Scorsese-produced “Godfathers and Sons” episode of The Blues series that aired on PBS stations nationwide in 2003. Rob has opened for headliners as varied as B.B. King, Sheryl Crow, Robert Cray, James Cotton, Los Lobos and the late Etta James, and performed and/or recorded with a dazzling array of blues giants. Stone has done his mentors proud, tirelessly leading his crew across the U.S. and around the world. Rob frequently tours Japan, where he’s built quite a devoted following, and he has also barnstormed Europe.

But no matter who he stands beside on the bandstand, Stone’s hard-hitting, honest, highly danceable blues never fails to delight everyone from aficionados to neophytes. He remains strongly committed to blues tradition, but Rob is clearly his own man, a vibrant singer and instrumentalist boasting his own very distinctive sound and a repertoire loaded with terrific original songs. From start to finish, Gotta Keep Rollin’ dishes up hard-driving electric ensemble blues that’s a nod to the genre’s glory days as well as a contemporary breath of fresh air— genuine blues unsurpassed in energy, feeling, and authenticity.

 

"Few harmonica players and singers uphold Chigago's blues ensemble
tradition as irresistibly and innovatively as Rob Stone"
— Chicago Tribune

"Rob Stone respects vintage Chicago Blues deeply enough
to blow the dust right off it."
— Bill Dahl, Chicago Reader

"Rob Stone brings a hard-hitting fresh energy to the Chicago Blues sound."
— House of Blues

"Rob Stone hits the deep in-the-pocket groove... he's got swing, he's got the
de rigueur smoky voice, he's got a playful, good-time touch and
a fine feel for what moves his audience."
— Chicago Sun Times

"Stone and pals tear the roof off the sucker taking to the bandstand
with just the right amount of off kilter that comes from the right
amount of giggle juice.  Blues with a feeling geared to the energy
of the party at hand... wonderfully killer stuff that has all the heart
and soul real, mainstream electric blues requires. Well done."
— Chris Spector, Midwest Record

"Yep, those blues “Gotta Keep Rollin,” and we’ve gotta have guys
such as Rob Stone to keep bringing ‘em to us.  He’s got  the
whole package–a tremendous vocalist and harp man, with a keen ear for insightful, clever lyrics.…
— Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society

 

AVAILABLE NOW!!!

 
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