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"Song of the Year"

‘Drunkard’s wife’ was awarded “Song of the Year” in the category of Love at the 2005 West Australian Music Industry Association (WAM) Awards - WAM (WA Music Industry Assoc.)


"Review of 'Home' Album"

“…a gentle personal paean to love and learning to live with it…old fashioned ballads that showcase Stones deep resonant voice” - The Australian


"Review of 'Domino' EP"

‘Pete Stone is bound to follow in the footsteps of other Aussie greats…’ - Xpress Magazine


"Review of 'Inside Upstairs' album"

“Stone doesn’t try to do too much: he just writes simple, emotive lyrics, sings them to simple catchy melodies and records them with just enough sonic awareness. It’s a simple formula – one used by all the best singer songwriters from Bob Dylan to Ron Sexsmith…sure to be one of the best Australian releases of 2000". - Juice Magazine


"Review of 'My Great Plan' album"

“Pete Stone writes a good song…you can imagine Nick Cave tearing through ‘Big Fella’ or Willie Nelson having a ball with ‘Sing to Me’.” - The Age


"Song of the Year (1)"

‘Melt Away' was awarded “Song of the Year” in the category of Country at the 2000 West Australian Music Industry Association (WAM) Awards - WAM (West Australian Music Industry Assoc(


"Review of 'Golden Frontier' album"

Hailed as a cross between Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake, Pete Stone's Golden Frontier is as intimate as an album can get. Recorded with guitar, bass, violin, mandolin, harmonica and three voices in Stone's home in Western Australia, you couldn't ask for a more personal touch of Australian beauty - his sensitivity, caressing each note as if the entire Western Australian sky was listening. - Scene Magazine


Discography

‘My Great Plan’ 1998
‘Inside Upstairs’ 2000
'Home' 2002
'Domino' 2004
'Golden Frontier' 2006

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Bio

Pete Stone – Acclaimed songwriter finds definitive slow-fi style.

Pete Stone, with his strongest songs and consolidated band of acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin and three voices, has created Golden Frontier; a standout classic with a clear and expansive sound like the Western Australian sky.

Recorded with just two microphones - like they used to do it in the olden days, this recording has a realness and honesty in sound, marking it as both timeless and of its time. Tired of a laborious studio process Pete Stone wanted to try something different, harking back to the feeling he got when listening to music of the fifties and sixties. To this end, he constructed a process that would limit the technical aspects of the recording and place the emphasis firmly back on the sound and performance. Taking the studio to the musicians – the recording was done in his own kitchen – where a makeshift studio was set up for the week. The results are hi-fi – natural, rich and rewarding. This sonic openness is perfectly complemented by Pete Stone’s song-writing - both the lyrics and music on Golden Frontier are full of candor and open-hearted sincerity.

Having established himself as an accomplished songwriter – with his previous three albums – Pete Stone has stretched himself and his fellow musicians to create something truly special. His deep, velvet voice is complemented by haunting violin, delicate mandolin, glorious backing vocals of Kate Kelly, along with some raucous blues harp and sensitive double bass. There is a real responsiveness in the musicians to Pete’s songs – capturing a specific feeling and emotional resonance. The listener feels as if the musicians have set up in the room with them, Stone’s voice is so present and personal it creates a tangible atmosphere, adding to the special qualities of the performances.

This is really a landmark Australian album – Stone explores deep inside the Australian psyche in a way that is revealing without ever being obtrusive –themes such as domestic violence, alcoholism, disappointment, drug addiction, isolation as well as love, intimacy and finding real contentment are all covered deftly, subtly and with an insight which is never didactic.

Pete Stone, who also set up House Concerts Australia, as a way of artists building an intimate way of connecting directly with an audience, has created something of unique beauty and truth with Golden Frontier. He is touring nationally to support the album.

Pete Stone has performed with international stars Ron Sexsmith, Neko Case and Jason Ringenberg and Australian performers Ed Keupper, Rob Snarski, The Kill Devil Hills, Kasie Chambers, Brendan Gallagher, David Bridie and Katie Steele.

‘…a man ahead of his time.’ Sydney Morning Herald