Rob Stone
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Jan
22
Rob Stone @ House of Blues - Back Porch Stage

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Jan
15
Rob Stone @ BLUES on Halsted

Chiago, Illinois, USA

Chiago, Illinois, USA

Jan
09
Rob Stone @ House of Blues - Back Porch Stage

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Chicago, Illinois, USA

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"Stone piled on big helpings of muscular blues as if it was an everyday deal for him, and, of course, it is! When you don’t hear such high-level blues everyday, though, the impact goes right to the gut." -Michael Pronko (Jazz In Japan - Live Review) - Jazz In Japan


"Rob's harmonica playing is steeped in the classic Chicago sound yet not constrained by it. His playing remains true to the original source yet he plays with a refreshing style and energy that leaves a powerful impression on his listeners." -Ray Stiles (Blues On Stage) - Blues On Stage


Discography

Just My Luck (Earwig Music)
No Worries (Marquis Records)

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A live performance by The C-Notes can transport the listener back to the heyday of Chicago blues. Fronted by harmonica-playing vocalist Rob Stone, the group comprises four seasoned professionals with well over a half century of combined blues playing experience. They've paid their dues in the smoky Chicago blues joints and toured coast to coast across North America and Europe, as well as the Hawaiian islands and Japan, playing countless blues festivals, club dates and television appearances.

Separately, the members of the group have recorded for the Alligator, Evidence, Hightone, Ice House, Marquis, Appaloosa and Magnum blues labels, and received national recognition in countless blues publications. These musicians have performed with and learned from many of the greats, and toured extensively with the renowned drummer Sam Lay, “The Shuffle-master.” Their mastery shows from the first note. They are all authentic showmen with pure ability to tear up a stage, as evidenced by their prominent role in the recent Martin Scorsese-produced "Godfathers and Sons" episode of The Blues series that aired recently on PBS stations nationwide. They can be heard together most recently on their Earwig Music release, “Just My Luck.”

As a vocalist Rob Stone is powerful, yet relaxed and natural; as a harmonica player he evokes the sounds of greats like Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson and Walter Horton. The band members navigate their way effortlessly through one lean arrangement after another, from a soulful slow blues to a ferocious, driving slide guitar workout recalling past greats like Elmore James, Earl Hooker, and Muddy Waters, as well as all the blues harp legends from the heyday of Chicago Blues. Their knowledge and experience shows; everything is in the right place. Whether playing before an audience of seasoned blues fans, or a group of folks who've never been to a blues club, the energy and swing of their music pulls in the audience from the very first note.

The C-Notes play blues the way it is supposed to be played...with love and respect for the tradition that lies at the heart of the music. Their goal is to keep the fine art of traditional Chicago Blues alive. The result is a genuine, "true" blues show unsurpassed in energy, feeling, and authenticity, presented with true professionalism and a touch of class.