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Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Rob Stone - Gotta Keep Rollin' - available now
NEW FROM THE VIZZTONE LABEL
gotta keep rollin'
to preview or download from VizzTone.com
Deeply Rooted Original Chicago Blues -
EDDIE SHAW, JOHN PRIMER, HENRY GRAY, CHRIS JAMES, PARTICK RYNN, DAVID
proudly welcomes Rob Stone to the Family!
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.
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.)
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.
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"
"Rob Stone respects vintage Chicago Blues
to blow the dust right off
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
Chicago Sun Times
"Stone and pals tear the roof off the sucker taking to
with just the right amount of off kilter that comes from
amount of giggle juice. Blues with a feeling geared to
of the party at hand... wonderfully killer stuff that
has all the heart
and soul real, mainstream electric blues
— Chris Spector, Midwest Record
"Yep, those blues “Gotta Keep Rollin,” and we’ve gotta
such as Rob Stone to keep bringing ‘em to us. He’s got
whole package–a tremendous vocalist and harp man,
keen ear for