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It is a terrific CD…it's good to know there are sane, decent, gutsy and talented people like you on the frontlines of fighting for truth and a better world. - , The Nation Magazine - Katrina Vanden Heuvel / The Nation Magazine


Roots music hasn’t been politically relevant for far too long…Did the whole Dixie Chicks radio ban (and ensuing record-trashing frenzy) that resulted from their critical comments make musicians gun shy? Possibly, but not if the musician’s name is Brian Stoltz. - Jimmy Leslie, Guitar Player Magazine


Remember when Neil Young released that album Living With War and he said he did it because no one else had? The truth is, Brian Stoltz had. He is a tremendous lyricist and a heckuva guitarist. - Gary Schwind, Route 66, rocknworld.com


2008-01-25
Long Overdue Records 0003

On his latest, Up All Night…Brian Stoltz proves his worth among the ghosts and current spirits roaming the halls of the blues world…a tight and surprisingly effective band capable of loose and explosive flourishes and seriously deep grooves. Stoltz proves to be among the more accomplished and masterful blues guitarists in America, exhibiting the affecting integrity and intensity required to be wandering the sacred halls of the blues with pride and grit. - Glenn Alexander / Jambands.com


He's been labeled as just a funk guitarist. This recording will change your mind. , - www.Dustmybroom.com


Brian thankfully concentrates on the groove first, then attacks the ears with his hot, electric solos. 7 out of these 13 cuts would get any street party off to a good start! - Derek Halsey - Gritz Magazine


Guitarist Brian Stoltz: INFECTED With Funk
Brian Stoltz
East of Rampart Street
(Long Overdue Recordings)

In April 1991 Brian Stoltz and Leo Nocentelli appeared at the Vintage Guitar shop on Magazine Street giving a tutorial on New Orleans funk guitar. The two guitarists traded licks for over an hour-Mr. Stoltz, formerly of the Neville Brothers and Mr. Nocentelli, a founding member of the Meters. As they performed Meters and Neville Brothers standards they could not know that Mr. Nocentelli would soon be leaving the Meters to be replaced by Mr. Stoltz in 1992 and that the band would be renamed the "funky Meters."

Between songs Mr. Stoltz and Mr. Nocentelli took questions from the audience. Asked by an eager Tulane law student how one can learn to "play the funk," the response was instantaneous, "You have to feel it inside you," Mr. Stoltz and Mr. Nocentelli said.
On Brian Stolz's new solo CD, East of Rampart Street, he feels the funk deeply, and it's infectious. Funky Meters fans will revel in the grooves laid down here and those searching for lagniappe will dig Mr. Stoltz's virtuosity through the CD's 13 tracks.

Beginning with "Jungle Funk" and "Funky Forever," Mr. Stoltz gets heavy duty assistance from "Poppa Funk" himself, Meter man Art Neville who plays organ and adroitly raps lyrics penned by Mr. Stoltz.
"Art's like a second father to me," Mr. Stoltz said in an interview from his home in Slidell.

Mr. Neville, who's recovering from back surgery, recorded his contributions to "Jungle Funk" and "Funky Forever" from his Uptown residence accompanied by his son Ian on guitar. For those who are familiar with Mr. Neville's "Poppa Funkness," Mr. Stoltz has underscored it in "Funky Forever," as the lyrics could have been culled from Mr. Neville's funk superhero-like manner of speaking: "Stealin' thunder is the name of the game-I'm funky forever from the cradle to the grave."
In addition to Art and Ian Neville, several other "Uptown Rulers" grace the CD: funky Meters bassist George Porter, Jr., Ivan Neville, Peter V, John Gros and Irene Sage among others. But it's Mr. Stoltz's guitar that ignites the disc.

On "Seven Desires," Mr. Stoltz's guitar builds on each riff laid down to culminate with a heavy, fuzzy Daniel Lanois-like jam that fades out at just the right moment, leaving the listener wanting more and longing to hear the song performed live.

"Norma's House," is a fine, funky shuffle and Mr. Stoltz's lyrics create a cascade of visual images about the last New Orleans high-class brothel run by Norma Wallace, the subject of Christine Wiltz's 2000 book, The Last Madam: A Life in the New Orleans Underworld.

"Take Your Heart Away" is a memorable funk-pop song inspired by Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire and "This Old World," is pure voodoo honky-tonk-Mr. Stoltz's acoustic guitar sounds crystal clear and makes a beautiful song out of sad, haunting lyrics: "Gonna swim in a sea where eternity knows no bounds-Never see anything to cause me to wear a frown."

The surprise of the record is Mr. Stoltz's vocals. Like Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards who periodically produces solo recordings, Mr. Stolz's isn't a lead singer but doesn't let this hold him back. Mr. Stoltz gets the job done with his cool New Orleans twang.

Above all East of Rampart Street is a fundamentally funky CD with smart, catchy songs that will last, a groovy disc that will sound good today, tomorrow and ten years from now.


-H. Andrew Schwartz
- Offbeat Magazine Jan '03


" And, though it may be sacrilegious in some circles to compare anyone's lyrics with Mr. Zimmerman, the title track (which is divided into two parts and bookends the album) deserves a place next to Dylan's greatest protest songs -- or any other American's, for that matter.


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- Karl Kukta


There are two tracks on Preachin' the Blues that are worth the price of the entire album. The first of these is a surprisingly naturalistic cover of "You Gotta Move" by Brian Stoltz. His creaky acoustic and smokehouse voice sound as if they were taken from a Lomax field recording. Stoltz's guitar work here is definitive -- I urge anyone interested in playing Delta slide to pay close attention to this effort. You can hear the ghostly "wwweeeeshhh" of the unfretted strings as the slide moves up the neck. His vibrato is brown and greasy; his bass notes are smacked and choked. He makes all the right dissonant connections -- in short, one of the most chilling covers of a raw Delta style I've ever heard. As I've said in other reviews, it's not all about musicianship, and while Stoltz may not be the most technically-gifted performer on this collection, he excels his peers in getting the right feeling into his performance. I believe Charley Patton would be very proud of Stoltz.

- Pop Matters


BRIAN STOLTZ
EAST OF RAMPART STREET
(Long Overdue Recordings)
Brian Stoltz has more to offer than just the funk. East of Rampart Street succeeds because of Stoltz's versatility as a songwriter. Slow burning ruminations on love ("Hoodoo Thing," Seven Desires," "Been Up All Night") dominate the bunch, and he balances the album well with party hymns such as "Norma's House" and uplifiting numbers like "Fearless" that smack of Peter Gabriel. The record is heavily steeped in the blues, with Stoltz’s crying guitar tone running through most of it. He does well not to let too much soloing fill the record, instead letting friends like Dave Easley, Art and Ivan Neville and John Gros steal some of the spotlight. The best track on the CD is "This Old World," which manages to keep a funky sway despite the hopeless cry of a pedal steel guitar and pensive and depressed lyrics. Stoltz's masterful meanderings on the acoustic guitar are much welcome here. With his new CD, Brian Stoltz has made it clear he's much more than just a producer of great songs for The Funky Meters. We now know he's got some great ones of his own.
–Jason Songe

- Where Y'at Magazine March '03


Discography

Brian Stoltz – “Up All Night~Live (Long Overdue Recordings) LOR0003 - 2007
Brian Stoltz - "God, Guns & Money"(Long Overdue Recordings) LOR0002 – 2005
Brian Stoltz – Jazz Fest Live 2005 (Munckmix) 2005
Brian Stoltz - "East of Rampart Street" (Long Overdue Recordings) LOR0001 - 2003
Brian Stoltz – "Starving Buddha" (Long Overdue Recordings) (out-of-print) 2001
Bob Dylan - “Tell Tale Signs” Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 the Bootleg Series Vol.8 (Columbia/Legacy) 2008
Bob Dylan - "Dylan” (3 CD Deluxe Collectors Edition) ( Legacy) 2007
Bob Dylan – "Blues" (Columbia/Legacy) 2006
Bob Dylan - "Oh Mercy" - CK 45281 1989
Bob Dylan - “Collection: Oh, Mercy/Time Out of Mind/Love and Theft [2005 Reissue
Bob Dylan - “Chronicles” Vol.1 Sampler () 2004
Bob Dylan – "Oh Mercy" Hybrid SACD Set (Sony) 2003]
Bob Dylan - "The Essential Bob Dylan (Sony/Columbia) 2000
Bob Dylan – The Essential Bob Dylan (Australian Import) 2001
Bob Dylan - "The Very Best of Bob Dylan" (Sony/Columbia)
Porter-Batiste-Stoltz - Expanding The Funkin' Universe (Ouw Records)2005
Porter-Batiste-Stoltz featuring Page McConnell- Moodoo (Highsteppin’) 2008
- "Picture Perfect Morning" () GEFD - 24715
– Ultimate Collection (Hip-O Records) 2002
Bobby Lounge – Ten Foot Woman (Artisan Records) 2006
Aaron Neville - Love Songs (Interscope Records) 2003
Aaron Neville - Ultimate Collection (Hip-O Records) 2001
Aaron Neville - The Very Best Of Aaron Neville (Interscope Records) 2000
Aaron Neville - "Warm Your Heart" (A&M) 75012 53542
Aaron Neville - (maxi-single) A&M INT:390 841-2/UK:AMCD 841
Aaron Neville – Orchid In The Storm (re-rel. Sin-drome Records) 2003
Anders Osborne & Big Chief Monk Boudreaux - Bury the Hatchet (Shanachie 5747) 2003
- "We Ran" (Elektra/Asylum)
- "Box Set" (Elektra/Asylum)
The Neville Brothers - "Nevillization" (Demon) CD31
The Neville Brothers - "Uptown" (EMI-America) CDP1-46754-2
The Neville Brothers - "Yellow Moon" (A&M) 5240 (received Gold record for U.S., England and France)
The Neville Brothers - "Treacherous" (Rhino) R270776
The Neville Brothers - "Live" (A&M) PCCY 10237
The Neville Brothers - "Brothers Keeper" (A&M) 7501253122
The Neville Brothers - Fearless (remix) A&M 75021 7425 2
The Neville Brothers - Fearless (maxi-single import) A&M PCCY-10167
The Neville Brothers - River Of Life A&M 75021 7402 2
The Neville Brothers - Sister Rosa (remix) A&M SP-12306
The Neville Brothers - With God On Our Side (maxi-single) A&M AMY 545
The Neville Brothers - Whatever It Takes (Etouffe' Dance Mix & Bisque Mix Edit) A&M V-19237
The Neville Brothers – Uptown Rulin’:The Best Of the Neville Brothers (Interscope) 1999
- "A Tribute to " (Rhino) R271878
- "Put On Your Green Shoes" (sony) LK53736
- "Strike A Deep Chord" Blues Guitar for the Homeless (Justice records) JR0003-2
Funky Meters - "Fiyo At The Fillmore" (funkymeter records) 2001
Funky Meters-Fiyo at the Fillmore Vol 1 (reissue) Fuel 2000 (2003)
Funky Meters - "Get You a Healin" (Indy)
Gov’t Mule The Orpheum – (vol 1) , LA 04.29.05
Tab Benoit - "The Sea Saint Sessions" (Telarc Blues) CD-83573
Tab Benoit - "Wetlands" (Telarc Blues) CD-83530
Irene Sage – (IND) (2004)
Irene Sage - Live At The Leaf (IS 2002)
George Porter Jr. – It’s Life (Indy) 2007
Tension Of Opposites – “Blood Red Velvet” (Delvian Records) 2006
Zachary Richard - Last Kiss - 2009 - Artist Garage
26 (USA) / Musicor MQMCD 2402 (Canada)
Zachary Richard - "Silver Jubilee: Best Of Zachary Richard" (A&M)
Zachary Richard - "Women in the Room" (A&M) 15021 53022
Zachary Richard - "Snake Bite love" (A&M) 7501255872
Zachary Richard - "Pave the Earth" (A&M) CD18047
Rockin' Jake - "Badmouth" (Zuluzu records)
Rockin' Jake - "Full Time Work" (Zuluzu records ZLZ-072) 2002
Rockin’ Jake – 5PM Breakfast (Live At The Green Parrot) 2004
- "Louissiana" (Initial records) IN10951101
One Like Son - "Goodbye" (Body Thief Records)
Cotton Band – Catbird Blues (tupelo Moon Records) 2006
Jimmy Buffett - "Boats, Beaches, Bars and Ballads" (MCA)
Soundtrack - The Might Quinn (A&M)CD3924
Soundtrack – Touched By An Angel (Sony) 1998
Pulsation of the Maha Kumbha Mela (Himalayan Institute Press) 2001- 108 Saints and Seekers chant with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait,PH.D.(www.himalayaninstitute.org)
Various Artists – Orange Vibes American New Roots Vol.2 (Buffalo Records LBCY-302) Japan 2005
Various Artists - Preachin' the Blues: The Music Of Fred McDowell (Telarc) 2002
Various Artists - "Blues on " - (Telarc CD-83567)
Various Artists - "Exile on Blues Street" - (Telarc CD-83571)
Various Artists - A Salute To The Delta Blues Masters Box Set (Telarc) 2002
Various Artists - Big Blues Extravaganza: The Best Of (Sony) 1998
Various Artists - Gospel Tent (La. Red Hot) 2002
Various Artists - Mardi Gras Party – (Rhino) 1999
Various Artists – Delta Blues Box Set (Tel

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Brian Stoltz…played in a funky and blistering way… and he had articulate schemes…Brian’s licks were thought out like piano patterns. He could play James Booker piano licks on the guitar. - Bob Dylan,Chronicles,Vol.1

Brian Stoltz has released four solo albums, has toured and recorded with Rock ‘n Roll Royalty and has performed on a string of recordings - playing, producing or writing for various artists. Basing his art on street virtuosity, raw emotion and a stinging signature style, he is becoming known as New Orleans' premiere guitarist and songwriter extraordinaire.

While touring, writing and recording for ten years with the world-renowned Neville Brothers - fourteen years with The funky Meters and six years touring the jamband scene with Porter Batiste and Stoltz, Brian has created unique, original bodies of work. In addition to being in demand as a phenomenal guitarist, his skill as a songwriter has caught the attention of artists like Aaron Neville, The Neville Brothers, Coco Montoya, The Wild Magnolias, Zachary Richard and writer/film director Alex Lemay.
Breaking through the stereotype placed upon him as a "funk" guitarist, and being a chameleon by nature, Brian’s awesome virtuosity and unmistakable sound has been featured on recordings by artists as diverse as Bob Dylan, the Neville Brothers, , , Jimmy Buffet and Aaron Neville. This panoramic career has lead to the release of four solo albums including Up All Night/Live (2007), God, Guns & Money (2005) and East Of Rampart Street (2003) and the now out-of-print Starving Buddha (1999).

His television appearances include The Tonight Show (with Jay Leno & Johnny Carson), Late Night with David Letterman, , Cinemax and Showtime specials, and concerts with the Grateful Dead. Ever socially conscious, Brian toured, along with the Neville Brothers, U2, Peter Gabriel, the Police and Lou Reed as the torch-bearers of the first Tour in 1986 to raise consciousness of the fate of political prisoners around the world.

Stoltz has received awards from CMJ (College Music Journal) and the New Music Corporation for Lifetime Achievement. His co-written Healing Chant, performed by the Neville Brothers, won a for Best Pop Instrumental in 1991. Brian was nominated for a 2004 in the Best Traditional Blues category for his solo rendition of "" on Telarc Records’ Preachin’ The Blues: The Music Of Fred McDowell.

He has performed in numerous music videos and his songs and performances have found their way to great film soundtracks such as legendary John Sayles' City of Hope, Alex Lemay’s Desert Bayou, nominated for the 2008 Image Award (theatrical and television). Two Stoltz songs, "My Lou" and the unreleased "Leavin' Here" will appear in the upcoming Mark A. Vadick film, "Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer.

The song, "Last Kiss", penned by Brian Stoltz and Zachary Richard is the title track from Zachary's new album and is currently riding the Canadian charts. Brian is currently promoting his latest CD, Up All Night Live. Brian's next solo CD, tentatively titled "Fast Changing World", is scheduled for release in 2010. Two promotional videos for the songs "You Can Never Die" and All That Binds" are scheduled to shoot in Spring 2010.

Additional artist history and discography can be viewed at www.brianstoltz.com and www.myspace.com\brianstoltz1