Slide guitarist, singer and songwriter Marc Stone has been a standout presence on the New Orleans Roots music since the 1990s. A stylistic chameleon, he has released 4 albums of original music and toured extensively in the US and Europe. His guitar work has earned him stage time with legends of Funk, Zydeco, New Orleans RnB and Delta Blues, as well as jam band heroes, singer songwriters and African drum masters. When he’s not on the road or on stage at home, he’s behind the mic at New Orleans’ iconic radio sender, WWOZ 90.7-fm, celebrating 20 years hosting of his weekly “Soul Serenade”.
Stone is equally at home fronting his own band, leading intricate all star projects, and tearing it up for packed houses with just a guitar and a mic. Making the best of the shut down, Stone went to work on a new album to follow up 2019’s solo outing “Live at Tipitina’s”, which garnered him nominations from New Orleans top cultural publications for both Best Blues Album and Best Blues Performer.
The upcoming album features an incredible line up and showcases Stone’s soulful vocals, masterful touch on guitar, 8 string Dobro and lap steel, finely tuned songwriting skills, and a slew of incredible performers. Never one to lean on well worn forms and contrived chops showcases, Stone draws inspiration from every corner. A host of friends lend their talents to the album. Celebrated Jazz chanteuse Meschiya Lake steps into a different light, duetting with Stone on “I Wasn’t Lonely”, an RnB/rocker featuring percussion wizard Mike Dillon. She and Stone then go full George and Tammy on “When We Were Cheating”, a soulful, country tinged ballad. Stone flexes his Funk muscle leading New Soul Finders! With Creole vocal legend Marilyn Barbarin, Alfred “Uganda” Roberts, Papa Mali and more on “The Truth (Is What I Wanna Know)”. Mali and Barbarin join Alvin “Youngblood” Hart and Funk guitar king Leo Nocentelli of the Meters to help Stone and his National Steel take on the the deceptions of the modern world on the Blues drenched romp of “Digitized”. Sharing the production chair is Keenan McCrae, who’s forward thinking touch helped put Tank and the Bangas on the map.
The stylistic breadth and stellar cast on the new album are a natural outgrowth of Stone’s many years of fostering collaborations across genre and generational lines. The album artists have all participated in Marc’s All Star projects, as have John Mooney, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, the Campbell Brothers, Theresa Andersson, Mathilda Jones, Benny Turner, Harry “Big Daddy” Hypolite, Eric Lindell, Alana Davis, members of Naughty Professor and the Revivalists, Seguenon Kone from Cote d’Ivoire, Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, Terrance Simien, Roosevelt Collier and many others.
And of course it all started with Stone’s guitar, which has put him on stage or in the studio with Eddie Bo, Buckwheat Zydeco, Leftover Salmon w Col Bruce Hampton, Dr. John, Allen Toussaint, Marcia Ball, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Big Al Carson, Rockin Dopsie Jr, Chief Smiley Ricks and Indians of the Nation and countless other artists.
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