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Showing posts with label RB Stone. Show all posts
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Monday, March 23, 2020

Ben Rice & R B Stone - Out Of The Box - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Out Of The Box, from Ben Rice and RB Stone and it's a lot of fun. Opening with rock n roller, Hot Rod Mama this band is cranking right out of the chute. With solid vocals, revving guitars and slick slide from Rice and Stone and with Dave Melyan on drums, Joseph Barton on bass and Jimi Bott on trombone, this track smokes! Driving blues rocker, Hey Politician, has a great steady beat, CCR style vocals and super slide. It's the grinding guitar tone and the driving rhythm that gives The Swamp East Boogie it's electrifying feel. This is definitely one of my favorite tracks on the release with it's relentless push. Very cool! With it's taste of country, Crushin' On The Bartender has a strong radio appeal and the tasty slide work gives it just the right edge. Rich, warm hollow body tones fill the background of Train of Time, an easy set slow blues number featuring only lead vocal and slide. Wrapping the release is Lobo Jam with it's thumping drum work by Melyan and relentless slide work by Stone and Rice. This is a really strong closer for a solid release. 

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Middle Mountain Music artist: RB Stone - Some Call It Freedom - New Release review

I just received the newest release, Some Call It Freedom (some call it the blues), from RB Stone and it's quite good. Opening with Hill Country Stomp, a hard driving boogie, RB Stone drives this track hard with a great lead riff and solid vocals. Joined by Terrance Houston on drums Stone really gets rockin' with grinding slide and harp work. Excellent opener! A bit more laid back and with a little funk, title track, Some Call It Freedom has a real cool groove. Stone again hits the slide but this time with more polish, Larry Van Loon on keys and a more contemporary sound. 35 Miles To Mobile is a piano driven track with a real rock bottom. I like Stone's guitar tone on rhythm and his slide sound is fat as it gets. Randy Coleman adds a solid bottom for yet another strong track. YoYo Lover has a light Cajun rhythm and cool piano riffs from Van Loon and Stone plays a more melodic guitar and harp solos making this the more prominent radio track to this point. Straight up rocker, Mind Your Bizzness has a great beat and cool melody. Van Loon takes off on B3 but the format is solid radio rock and should hit the radio hard. Very nice! Another Thief is a great blues rocker with raw RL Burnside roots and fat slide work by Stone making this one of my favorite tracks on the release. Nickajack has a real country flavor with an almost banjo pick sound. With it's rudimentary sound and military execution, this is a clean, super instrumental. Another boogie, You Don't Want Me, sets a great JL Hooker kind of pace with Stone kicking it out! Cigar box guitar never sounded so nice! Won't Stop Rockin' has the simplicity of a 60's rocker with JLL style piano work from Van Loon. Freewheelin' slide work and harp riffs by Stone really drive this one home. Excellent! Too Slim Langford joins on Weapons Of Mass Persuasion adding his own excellent slide work to the repertoire. A low slung blues track with heavy slide and hot harp...what else could you want? Wrapping the release is Standin' On Top Of The World, a contemporary rocker with a lot of pep. Austin Young joins on lead guitar and each of the band members gets his chance to show his chops. With it's simple lyric and catchy this track should see cross genre airplay. This really is an exceptional release and one you should check out!

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Friday, June 14, 2013

Middle Mountain Music artist: RB Stone - Loosen Up! - New release review

I just received the newest release (June 18, 2013), Loosen Up!, from RB Stone and if you like your blues with a lotta country kick, this may be your deal! Opening with High Horse, a regular foot stomper, Stone hits hard and fast featuring Tom Hambridge on drums, Robert Britt on lead guitars, Tommy McDonald on bass and Jefferson Jarvis on keys... these guys make fire. On Long Gone Lonesome Blues, Stone leads the way through a Whippin Post like track with intricate rhythmic drumming, saturated key work and weaving guitars. On title track, Loosen Up!, the guys do a straight up boogie. Jarvis takes a real nice piano solo complimenting strong vocals by Stone and Hambridge. God Heals You When You Cry is a real smooth blues ballad featuring super vocals by Stone and hot guitar riffs from Britt. Texas Drunk Tank Blues is a hard driving blues rocker over a basic Robert Johnson riff. Always a good bet! Stone also adds some key harp playing on this track adding intensity to an already smoky tune. A Bad Case Of Blues Goin' On has a really cool guitar riff leading the way. Hambridge adds crisp snappy rhythm and Britt slides through with clean soloing. I Ain't Buying That Bull Today is another fast paced blues rocker with a cool hook. Harp work from Stone on this track adds a cool break from consistent solid vocals but it's the tasty guitar work of Britt and excellent drum work by Hambridge that gives this track the extra punch. She's Too Hot Handle is a great loping Texas style blues rocker. Super key work by Jarvis nicely compliments Stone on vocal and harp throughout this great airplay track. Hot guitar sliding really heats up the final track, Harley Heart, and Hambridge answers with train like drumming. Stone adds a bit of distortion to his vocal which gives the track more feel and texture. This is a real interesting album and one that is sure to please existing fans and win a bunch of new ones with this 10 pack of smoke!  

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Saturday, June 1, 2013

New Releases From David Egan, Kirsten Thien, Too Slim and the Taildraggers, and RB Stone

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Blind Raccoon

"This cat looks like a cross between Dave Van Ronk and R. Crumb. He sings, plays and writes like
Mose Allison in his prime and it feels unintentional, like it was something in the water as opposed
to a mannered copy. He’s got loads of high tone songwriting credits but has chosen to pound
the ivories in Shreveport roadhouses, not even bothering to kick it out in Nawlins.
One of those heaviest-cats-you-never-heard-of kind of cats, this disc is a non-stop, no fat, great time. Easily as Americana as The Band, this set might color outside the lines but it isn’t outsider music. Killer stuff from start to finish, it’s time for this legend to take root." Midwest Record


"A snapshot. A moment in time. A work in progress.
Alchemy. Intended, not planned.
Imperfections I can live with and learn from.
Circumstances that brought me here. Love that carried me through.
Friendship fostered by music. Music fostered by friendship.
A room full of willing souls.
These are the elements that make up this record. A snapshot." Kirsten Thien


"If it is possible to be a natural- born guitarist, Langford fits the description."
Vintage Guitar


"RB Stone lives in his own kick-ass roadhouse, where the songs rock you from side to side
and the words bite back at you. This is the true originality of a renegade spirit."
Michael Kinsman

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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Blind Raccoon & Earwig Music Showcase & A Bunch Of Other Happenings In Memphis This Week!

Blind Raccoon
Blind Raccoon & Earwig Music Showcase
Friday, May 10, 2 - 8:15 p.m.
Purple Haze Night Club, Downtown Memphis, One Block South of B.B. King's on Second
Andy Cohen, Leo Hull, Tommy McCoy, Guitar Mikey
RB Stone, Johnny Drummer & Chris James and Patrick Rynn

Blues Hall of Fame Tribute Jam
Wednesday, May 8, 10 p.m. onwards
B.B. King's on Beale, Memphis

Yellow Dog Records All Star Showcase
Thursday, May 9, 12:45 - 3:45 p.m.
B.B. King's on Beale, Memphis

VizzTone Label Group's Blues Party On Beale
Friday, May 10, 10 p.m. onwards
Rum Boogie on Beale, Memphis

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

RB Stone Update


R.B. Stone has recorded 15 albums

2011 – Lonesome Traveler’s Blues (all original tracks)

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2008 – Acoustic Stew

2002 – Country Rocker

1998 – American Music

1997 – Live From Put In Bay

1996 – Raw & Real

1995 – The Best from R. B. Stone 1983-1988

1992 – R. B. Stone

1991 – Honkey Tonk Nights

1991 – The Drifters Wind

1989 – R. B. Stone & Highway Robbery – Further Down the Line

1987 – R. B. Stone & Highway Robbery

1986 – Highway Robbery – Keep on Ridin’

Lonesome Traverler's Blues is available to Radio by downloading at AirPlay Direct (click below)

Or, if you prefer full Radio Servicing contact:

Betsie Brown

Blind Raccoon



Touring and Film Work

In addition to recording 15 albums, RB Stone has toured in 32 Countries and 5 continents!

Corporate Events




Military Bases

Concert Halls

R.B. Stone has played them all, and in 2012 continues touring in support of LONESOME TRAVELER'S BLUES

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R.B. Stone wrote and performed song Autumn Ride for the movie Ridin' High

He personally appeared in national commercials including Unocal* andDigital Music Express D. M. X.

*On set for the Unocal Commercial

He has performed with Tab Benoit, Billy Joe Shaver, (Jazz Greats) Hiroshima, The Marshall Tucker Band and others

RB Stone w/ Smokey Robinson

Industry Buzz

" This is VERY GOOD BLUES played generously FROM THE SOUL. "

- Michael Kinsman-Blues Revue Magazine

"Lonesome Traveler's Blues is a nice smooth set of great songs from a confident veteran that will please fans blues and roots music."

- Graham Clarke - Blues Bytes Magazine

"Thankfully it has become common practice to show support for the troops, but RB Stone has taken it to a completely different level."

-Mark Goodman -

International Blues Challenge

Representing the Kentucky Blues Society, RB Stone will be competing in the Solo/Duo competition at the 2012 International Blues Challenge February 1-4th.

Additionally look for RB Stone to perform as part of the Blind Raccoon showcase Feb 3rd, at the Superior Bar on Beale. RB Stone takes the stage at 1:45pm

Scheduled Events

International Blues Challenge solo/duo February 1-4, 2012

Cincinnati Winter Blues Festival in Cincinnati, OH February 11, 2012

Magic City Blues Society in Birmingham, AL February 18, 2012

Magic City Blues society in Birmingham, AL March 2, 2012

Contact R.B. Stone

or call 702-810-0162


Born to the Blues


Blues music has always been a part of R.B. Stone's life from jamming on his mother’s piano, to writing and recording his first Blues song in 1985 which was “Fairweather Friends”, the song is on his 2011 acclaimed/charting “Lonesome Traveler’s Blues” album.

He’s had a core of Blues Radio DJ’s across the country who have both inspired and supported him playing his songs on their shows, and has been called a Blues Cowboy, Country Bluesman, Americana, a Roots Rocker and he answers yes to them all.

RB is an accomplished singer, songwriter, guitar player (acoustic and electric) and blues harmonica player.

Career Highlights

Songwritig award from Billboard Magazine for "Daddy Hide Your Daughters"

Excellent performance and service awards from military bases worldwide (too many too mention) *

*Currently the most popular performer at military bases throughout the entire Pacific Rim)

R.B Stone flying high during a tour stop at an American Marine Corps Base in Asia.

Nominee for a lifetime career achievement award from the ICMA Media of Excellence Award )







Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Lonesome Traveller's Blues - RB Stone - New release review / video

I just received a copy of the new release, Lonesome Traveller's Blues by RB Stone. The recording is made up of ten original tracks featuring Glen Kuykendall on guitar, Billy Crain on guitar, Jay Palmer on bass Ed Atkins on upright bass and both Spencer Strand and David Sappington on drums. Stone leads the charge with his vocal, acoustic guitar and harp attack. The recording is nicely done with strong guitar and harp parts featured throughout. There are both rural and city flavors and changes in moods taking the listener on a refreshing journey through the blues.

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