Rob Stone

Rob Stone

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Rob Stone's goal is to keep the fine art of Traditional Chicago Blues alive. He puts on a genuine traditional blues show, with unsurpassed energy and emotion, presented with professionalism and a touch of class.

Biography

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.

Lyrics

Too Late Honey

Written By: Rob Stone

Now let me tell you somethin’
Before you walk away
I may not have a nickel
But I’ll be up some day
And I’ll have rings on every finger
And a gold clip full of money

And when you crawl back to me
My first words will be
Too late, honey
Oh, too late, honey

You took up with that Big Shot
Yes, I’m not good enough
You think I’ll amount to nothing
I can’t wait to call your bluff
‘Cause I’ll drop hundred-dollar tips
Spendin’ all kinds of money

And when you crawl back to me
My first words will be
Too late, honey
Too late, honey

(Band)

You stopped returnin’ my phone calls
When you saw the car I drive
But just you wait, baby
You’re in for a big surprise
‘Cause I’ll be drivin’ a Cadillac
With a suitcase full of money

And when you crawl back to me
My first words will be
Too late, honey
Oh, too late, honey

You turn the other way, babe
When I see you with your friends
Yes, I’m not good enough for you
Mark my words, this ain't the end
‘Cause i’ll be wearin’ tailored suits
With pockets full of money

And when you crawl back to me
My first words will be
Too late, honey
Too late, honey
Too late honey, too late honey, too late honey (fade)

Discography

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

Set List

Typical sets are 45-70 minutes, and include a healthy mix of originals and standards in the Traditional Chicago-Style blues idiom.