General Stone

General Stone


Deliciously thick tones and deep fried soul... Mmm! Ryan Paradis and Jeff Clark will never be accused of taking their guitars half way out of their cases, while Rashad Debeer beats his drums like they owe him money! These guys are not to be missed!


General Stone promises they'll never play a live song the exact same way twice. That's one of rock
music's cardinal sins if you ask the Winnipeg trio. After all, who wants to watch a bunch of
mainstream robots up on stage?

What General Stone can promise is a captivating and electrifying rock adventure that won't end with
one listen. Expect a groovin' mix of thick soul, fuzzy blues and raw melodic rock.

General Stone has been together for about a year, but don’t mistake these guys for rookies. Arising
from the ashes of former band The Marked Men, Ryan Paradis, Jeff Clark and Rashad Debeer have
been developing their artistic chemistry since the late nineties. They’ve come to believe that affecting
people's emotions through their music is the ultimate in artistic expression.

"It's a chance to vent, to let out energy, and lose ourselves in the songs. Music, for us, is telling a
story that people can identify with emotionally on some level," says Jeff.

The band recently completed a three-song demo, recorded by Neil Cameron (The Watchmen) and
Lloyd Peterson (The Weakerthans). The songs explore the driving beat of rock aided by Ryan's
bellowing vocals and rich guitar.

While the demo has already sold out its first printing, the raw energy and intense enthusiasm of their live show is what makes them popular. The band considers The Zoo to be their home stage but it’s not uncommon to see them play all corners of the city and beyond.

With General Stone you’re assured a unique performance filled with greasy guitar licks, smokin’
solos and an all-around rock explosion.



Written By: Ryan Paradis

When we met there was a spark
It lit me up, through the dark
It lit me up and made me shine
I've got to make you mine

Open up and let me in
Don't want to talk about sin
Don't be so round about
Your love could take me out

You light a fire in me baby
It spreads like a disease
The light shines on everything
But you're blind, so you can't see

Light me up before the dawn
Light me up when something's wrong
Light me up into the sky
Light me up before I die
Burn me out into the night
Burn me out and do it right
Burn me out and before long
We can burn all night long

Chorus x2


Written By: Ryan Paradis

As the night falls into tomorrow
I let the wind talk to you for me
The moon is low, my heart is filled with sorrow
Regret, pain, love, and whiskey are a burden to me

The hour is late, I can't seem to get started
Backwards thoughts race foreward through my mind
Words that blend the meaning become scattered
One heart to mend my soul is left behind

I can tell Jo has all the answers
To questions asked only in my mind
Tell me something Jo, who's the one that suffers
Those who seek, surely shall find

The night is blind, and leads my heart into darkness
But I can see for miles in your eyes
Not today nor tomorrow will ever stop us
No one wins when no one ever tries

But I tried... I tried

Dawn is late, and holding my morning hostage
Lately it seems I'm always standing still
I can't say for sure what the prize is
My answers always seem to make me ill

Chorus x2

I seek, and what do I find? (I never find you)
I seek, and what do I find? (I never find you)
I seek, and what do I find? (I never find you)
I seek, and what do I find? (I never find you)

Not About Loving You

Written By: Ryan Paradis

It's not about loving you no more
I'm not about loving you
It's not about loving you no more
No more

Standing tall next to you now
seeking fortune and fame
standing tall next to you now
I can take the blame

I don't ask so I can't tell
I don't know what to say
I don't ask so I can't tell
It's better off this way

But that's alright
That's ok


On the seventh hour, of the seventh day
I made love to seven different women
Seven different ways
One had seven sisters
And the seventh she said
Boy, you've got alot to learn
Then she took me straight to her bed

I don't ask so I can't tell
I don't know what to say
I don't ask so I can't tell
It's better off this way

That's alright
That's ok

Chorus x2


Three Song Demo (2004)
1.) Blind
2.) Jo
3.) Not About Loving You

Set List

Original Compositions:
Alone Again
Al's Gun
Brother Above Me
(Woman) Can't Bring Me Down
From A Stone
Not About Loving You
(Woman Brings Out) The Devil In Me
Worse Days Gone By

Cover Songs:
Baby What You Want Me To Do (Jimmy Reed)
Cry, Moan, and Wail (Marc Ford)
Fire (Jimi Hendrix)
I Heard It Through The Grape Vine (N. Whitfield, B. Strong)
One Way Out (Allman Brothers)
Purple Haze (Jimi Hendrix)
Sunshine Of Your Love (Cream)
Sweet Emotion (Aerosmith)
The Thrill Is Gone (B.B. King)
Voodoo Chile (Jimi Hendrix)
Walk In My Shadow (Paul Rodgers)
You Can't Aways Get What You Want (Rolling Stones)

Sets typically run from 1 to 2 hours in length. However, General Stone is a very flexible band that is able to meet any timetable for any venue.