The Stone Soul Rhythm Band / Dalmatian Stone
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The Stone Soul Rhythm Band / Dalmatian Stone

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2017 | INDIE

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States | INDIE
Established on Jan, 2017
Band R&B Funk




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“Dalmatian Stone: 2020”

What Stands Out: It’s a party! The sophomore effort from Grand Rapids’ Dalmatian Stone begs to be heard in a live setting. The music evokes as much Prince as it does Lenny Kravitz, rooted in classic funk but fully immersed in modern rock and R&B. There’s quite an array of sounds, from exotic sounding percussion to choppy funk guitar and even portions of a speech by John F. Kennedy on “War Is Not the Answer.” Vocalist Danielle Cosby is featured prominently across the album, adding more dimension (and some serious vocal ability) to an already diverse-sounding band.
Digging Deeper: The album’s opening track, “Gonna Touch the Sky,” showcases the whole band quite nicely. A bedrock of funky bass is decorated with ethereal synths and sound design which feel simultaneously vintage and futuristic. The crooning ballad, “All I Wanna Do,” features what might be the album’s best chorus, and vocalist Diego Morales sounds exceptionally smooth.
Perfect For: A distant dream in which venues are open and welcoming healthy patrons by the hundreds to dance to some funky 16th notes. – Devin Anderson - Local Spins

"Dalmatian Stone assembles all-star lineup for diverse, ‘soul-infused’ musical mission"

For Diego Morales, all songs and performances start with soul, but his latest band project, Dalmatian Stone, aims to really “push the boundaries of making original music.”

So, the Holland singer and guitarist known for fronting the vintage R&B band The Soul Syndicate and “Rat Pack”-leaning JMM Jazz Trio sought out West Michigan musicians he considers some of the best in the business to create and unleash a mind-bending mix of funk, soul, acid-jazz, rock and pop for Dalmatian Stone’s debut album released in late November.

Musical ‘Formula in Reverse’: Diego Morales at Billy’s. (Photo/Kendra Kamp)

And when this formidable new seven-piece group with a who’s who lineup uncorked its inaugural set in an early show at Billy’s Lounge on Friday evening, it proved its mettle with not only those eclectic originals but an ear-pleasing mix of covers ranging from Lenny Kravitz to Santana.

“We used the formula in reverse,” Morales says of the genesis of Dalmatian Stone. “This band never played together; although I’ve worked with all of them in different bands. We didn’t rehearse any covers at all. From our first session together it was all about creating music.

“I wanted to do something soul-infused – part jazz, part funk, but without confines. No specific genre. Just good moving music. In the end, 20 songs later, we knew we had something that was different. And different was exactly what I wanted to accomplish with this.”

For its first live performance, Morales accomplished that mission of Dalmatian Stone with such renowned local players as Earl Tolliver on bass, Mike Dodge on guitar, Brian Sproul on keyboards, Nic Stubbs on drums, and Miss Andria and Miss Katie on backing vocals. Check out the video from the band’s performance of “You Came Back” here below.


“I think surrounding myself with some of the best players and people I know helped in the process. No one came in with any inclination of gigging per se. My vision was to make music,” says Morales.

“To just create. Had help from a lot of people who had no intention of being in a band, but really got into what I was creating so they pitched in their time and talent.”

VIDEO: Dalmatian Stone, “You Came Back” (Live at Billy’s Lounge)

Several of those musicians pitched in their time and talent for the radio debut of Dalmatian Stone during this week’s edition of Local Spins on WYCE, performing the songs “You Came Back” and “Live Happily.” Listen to the full interview and those performances in the podcast below.

On the Air: Tolliver, Dodge and Morales at WYCE. (Photo/Local Spins)

Morales, aka D’Yehgo, who recently parted ways with The Soul Syndicate to head up Dalmatian Stone, said he was simply interested in making “good moving music … without the box – taking the influences that we all kind of grew up listening to and really pushing and exploring” – a diverse style he describes as “mystephonic.”

That approach propels the 15 tracks on the band’s debut album, “Deciph3r” (which also features Tom Taylor, Ed Garcia, Tim DenBesten, Nate Hanson, Dan Giocobassi, Miss Aubrey, Mark Weymouth and Jake Mor). The album produced by Morales was recorded at Planet Sunday Studios by Joel Ferguson.

The music that influenced Morales growing up amid “a hard knock life” in Chicago covered the gamut – Cuban music, Mexican music, Nat King Cole, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, old soul records, British Invasion stars.


It provided an alternative to his gang-bang activities (“I was doing things at 12 and 13 that no kid should do”), offering up “a land of opportunity” in the world of music. “It really did save my life, to be honest,” he recalls.

Some of the Area’s ‘Best Players’: Dalmatian Stone during its coming-out party. (Photo/Kendra Kamp)

Now, Dalmatian Stone is offering Morales and his bandmates a chance to live out the theme behind the band name – a reference to a type of multi-colored stone (comprised of feldspar and quartz).

“To me it just represents diversity – how all these elements can come together and combine into something that is beautiful,” he says, noting he’d love to “push the boundaries” with Dalmatian Stone’s performances, too, potentially touring outside the region.

“It’s danceable stuff, it’s sing-along stuff, it’s grooving stuff.” - Local Spins


Dalmatian Stone's debut release, Deciph3r, was premiered at Billy's Lounge in November 2018.
Dalmatian Stone 2020, our latest album, was sent out for release July 22. We are planning two releases in 2021. Romancing the Stone will feature a softer side of Dalmatian Stone and we also have started writing for our fourth album titled No Suit Required planned for a late year release. No Suit will feature a more edgy, funk/rock style and will draw inspiration from current funk bands and our experiences up to this point. We will be making our Mystephonic FUNK statement with No Suit Required!



Dalmatian Stone Formed in 2017 with a vision of creating original music that explored the boundaries of the influences that shaped the individual band members. Combining different styles and polyrhythms to produce Funk tunes as well as Soulful ballads and many stops in between; the result has been a high energy band that aims to keep people moving, clapping and singing along.

If you like bands like Chic, Heatwave, Santana and Jamiroquai or artists like Lenny Kravitz, Prince or Seal; You're bound to pick out flavorings and nuances from these artists as well as many others.

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