Born and raised in Chicago, each of the members of Stone Crazy learned at an early age what a powerful impact music has on life. John Schroeder and Ralph Haras developed a friendship in the 6th grade out of their passion for the likes of Jimi Hendrix and similar artists. John has been playing guitar as long as he can remember, even as early as 3 years old on a plastic guitar. Ralph, also self-taught for the most part, picked up a guitar for the first time at age 11 in John's basement. He immediately started to play never having done so before. This blew John's mind! From that point on, it was always their dream to play guitar together in a great rock and roll band.
Julie DePalma, who always had an ear for catchy tunes with hot guitar licks, remembers seeing John and Ralph playing together in neighborhood bars in the early 90's. Though at the time, Julie did not play an instrument, she was inspired. A few years later, she began taking bass guitar lessons and in 2001, was asked by John and Ralph to join their current lineup. This was exciting for her because she was already a fan of their music.
John Holt, though having played drums with several bands over the years in clubs that include The Thirsty Whale, Haymakers and The Rusty Nail, had a similar experience. After seeing a performance by John and Ralph as a 3-piece, he thought, "I would like to play drums for those guys!" A couple of weeks later, Ralph called and asked him to join the band.
After years of playing together with various lineups and name changes, Stone Crazy (as its current lineup) formed in 2005.
The music of Stone Crazy has enough guitar work to satisfy every level of guitarist from beginner to professional but not so much as to alienate the non-player. The lyrics are intricate enough to satisfy the author/poets, yet simple enough to reach the common folk. Stone Crazy's wide range of musical influences make them fun and easy to listen to!
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John Schroeder - vocals, guitar
Ralph Haras - guitar, vocals
Julie DePalma - bass, vocals
John Holt - drums, vocals
Stone Crazy (self-titled debut)
Classic rock with southern rock and blues influences. Cool songs and great guitars!
When booked as a main act, Stone Crazy typically plays three 1 hour sets. About 60/40 originals/covers.
There are no upcoming dates at this time.