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04
Stoney and The House Rockers @ IBC - International Blues Challenge

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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And here is our latest CD Review, by world renowned Blues Guru, Peter Lauro...
STONEY AND THE HOUSE ROCKERS
"CRUISIN' FOR A BLUESIN"
BLUES FEVER PRODUCTIONS
BY PETER "BLEWZZMAN" LAURO © FEBRUARY 2008
Blues Editor @ www.Mary4Music.com


On "CRUISIN' FOR A BLUESIN", Stoney and The House Rockers' debut CD, the band not only steps it up a few notches, but they shine while doing it... Fourteen very well done originals...


The title track describes something that I'm constantly doin', and that's "CRUISIN' FOR A BLUESIN". This one features the band in a soft but very tight groove backing up STONEY'S smooth vocals and sharp harpin'. TONY & MARK get in some nice guitar and piano highlights as well.


"TWO TIMIN' WOMAN" is a smoker that will even get the wallflowers movin' & groovin', and ANDRE & TOMMY would be the reasons for that. This one features some of the disc's best rhythm, making it impossible to be still. Of course STONEY gets his share of hot harp blowin' in there as well.


"TV DON'T CUT IT" features excellent vocals and good blues harp by STONEY, and the band is in a very smooth and jazzy jam behind them. What a nice blend on this very well done track.


"ONE STEP AT A TIME" will have you thinking you're listening to STONEY MARLEY AND THE JAMAICAN JUKES. The band gets big kudos for the great Reggae sound they've perfected on this one.... The magic these guys are working extends right into the next track, a superb instrumental titled "TRIBUTE TO TOOTS". Unquestionably, musically two of the discs best.


Pardon the pun, but "ICEMAN" is such a cool track. Once again, the band locks into a soft and way smooth groove, this time highlighted by the ever so lightly touching of the piano keys by MARK, while STONEY sings his heart out on the vocals. Add to that some of STONEY'S best harp work and this one's the real deal.


There is no questioning STONEY'S sincerity as he says "THANK YOU" to the Lord. This is obviously the Gospel according to STONEY... this one's all about him and his Savior. The feeling he's putting out and the spirituality of his lyrics sent chills through this sinners body. STONEY, thank you for this song and this whole disc.


I've seen this band perform 30 - 40 times before, I'll now look at them with a whole new found respect. And the next time some very drunken, dart throwing, pool shooting, hoping to get lucky patron at one of their live gigs screams out for "FREEBIRD", I'll smile and think about "CRUISIN' FOR A BLUESIN"... Good job guys.


Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @ www.Mary4Music.com

- Peter Lauro - "The Blewzzman"


*By Christopher Hislop, Seacoast (NH) Spotlight Magazine October 09, 2008

Stoney himself has great vocal capabilities backed with stellar harmonica playing. He takes pride in letting his influences ooze from the instrument and he does so very tastefully all the while adding his own flavor to the mix. One of the better tunes on the record that showcase Stoney's versatility as a harp player is his ode to the great harmonica player Toots Thieleman, "Tribute to Toots." The tune also features an interesting acoustic percussion section, which the House Rockers spatter here and there throughout the entirety of the recording.

- Seacoast (NH) Spotlight Magazine


Discography

"Faces Made For Radio" - released 2004

"Cruisin' For a Bluesin' " - released 2007; title track and others being featured on many Florida Blues shows, with stations such as WFIT-FM 89.5, etc.

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Sometimes a group of musicians comes together to play and perform what is in their souls, be it rock, country, or the blues. In central Florida, “Stoney and The House Rockers”, a group of dedicated, All-Star musicians have come together to play the blues, and some great funk music as well. Most of their original blues has a either a rockin’ blues feel or a funkin’ jump to it..

Out in the front, the band features Stoney, who sings the lead vocals and plays all harmonicas. A few years back, he relocated to central Florida from the Boston area, where he worked with some of the area’s top Rock and Blues bands and appeared on several recordings. During the 80s and 90s, while living in New England, his band Trapper toured with some of the greats, such as Aerosmith, Molly Hatchett, Alvin Lee, Pat Travers, James Montgomery, Rick Derringer, and Edgar Winter to name just a few.

In the year 2001 he moved south. After getting a handle on the Central Florida music scene, he helped form the band, “Gatorblues”. During the year and a half he fronted that band they were known as one of the best rocking high energy blues bands on the Florida Space Coast. Stoney released a critically acclaimed CD while with them, titled “Faces Made For Radio” which sold very well and continued to catapult him into the local spotlight.

It was then that he realized he wanted to form a blues package in the styles of William Clarke, Elvis, the Motown funk and R&B bands, Tommy Castro, and The J Geils Band… “Stoney and The House Rockers” was born.

Searching the Central Florida area, Stoney found Eric Lee Webb to play guitars and sing some lead and backup vocals. Eric Lee is well known throughout Florida for his remarkable talents and showmanship. His tasty guitar work speaks for itself. He grew up and honed his Rock, Blues, and Country chops in the city of Detroit before moving to Nashville in 1998. For the next six years, while living in Nashville, Eric Lee starred in many bands, working with Brad Paisley, Mark Chestnut, John Michael Montgomery, Clay Walker and other friends that he made along the way. In 2004, when Eric Lee moved to Florida, Stoney was waiting and “The House Rockers” had their new chef in the kitchen.

Stoney approached two other Florida musicians, drummer Don Fournier and bassist Andre Follot. Along with Eric Lee, they immediately became members of “The House Rockers”. Don has a long line of accomplishments. Originally from Rhode Island, he started playing when he was eleven years old. At eighteen he started his recording career at Angus Recording Studios in Framingham Massachusetts. Throughout the 80’s and 90’s, Don’s popular bands were on the New England scene, opening shows for Roomful of Blues, Coco Taylor, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Duke Robillard, among others. For many years leading up to his current gig with “The House Rockers” he has been on numerous recordings, and more recently played the drums with cats like Big Bill Morganfield and George Terry. He has stamped his style on this band, his vocal work adds a great deal, and he is an integral part of this blues machine.

Bass guitarist Andre Follot, a long time friend of Stoney, was just leaving the “Highway 41” band when he hooked up with Stoney and the boys in 2004. His cool and funky playing style is what puts the heat in “The House Rockers” kitchen… Andre got his start where he grew up, in the Washington, DC area. By the late ‘80s, Andre was touring the major club/concert circuit throughout the DC area with his nationally renowned band, “Minds I”. Their 2nd LP, “A House Defiled” climbed the charts, and for a decade, Andre was at the top of the game throughout the Capitol music scene. He works closely with Don, driving the band, and they are considered one of the tightest and brightest rhythm sections around.

Keyboard player Mark Docherty grew up and lived in Chicago most of his life. His long list of accomplishments are very well known back home in the Midwest. His work on the band’s latest CD, Cruisin’ For A Bluesin’ has been acclaimed by Florida blues guru, “The Blewzzman” - Peter Lauro, as superb. Although he only plays with the band occasionally these days, “Doc” is a fine addition to the band, and he performs with the band when he can…

“Stoney and The House Rockers” have been featured at major blues festivals and concerts throughout Florida and the southeast. Their latest CD, “Cruisin’ For A Bluesin’” was released in December of 2007, and was sold out in 7 months. Discmakers shipped the next batch in September, and it is selling quickly at shows and on CDBaby.com. This band is guaranteed to get you on your feet and keep you there with some of the best blues and funk you’ll find anywhere. “You’re gonna feel the heat…”

As Stoney always says, “It’s Showtime Baby!!!”

www.StoneyAndTheHouseRockers.com