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Stoney and The House Rockers are headed back to The International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis again in January of 2013...
Their latest CD, "SHOWTIME!!!" has been entered by The Blues Alliance of The Treasure Coast into the competition for "Best Self Produced Blues CD - 2012" @ The Blues Foundation.
Here is a recent review of SHOWTIME!!! by Blues Review Mag/BluesWax dated Jan 18, 2013:
Stoney & The House Rockers
BluesWax Rating: 8 out of 10
A Chemistry Lesson
Florida breeds blues bands like cats breed kittens. Showtime!!! is the third album from Stoney & The House Rockers. Leader Richard Stone honed his harp skills in the greater Boston area before migrating south some ten years ago. He is also the winner of the 2012 Florida Harmonica Championships. Stoney combines a Chicago style with the jazzier style of Toots Thielemans. The band competed in the 25th annual International Blues Competition in 2009 and is returning again in 2013, this time representing The Blues Alliance of The Treasure Coast.
Stoney on harp and vocals just gets better with age. Rounding out this blues and funk ensemble is guitarist Rick Fincke and bassist JT Burley, who can both be seen in another top-notch Florida band, The Usual Suspects. Mike Dipaolo is the House Rockers’ drummer and he lays down a strong foundation. There is a definite chemistry while they are onstage.
For this project, Stoney has written nine new songs. Highlights include the infectious “Down On The Bayou,” with Ronnie Wahl on piano, and two jazzy tunes, “Mine All Mine” and the instrumental title track. “Love Song” features the sax of Steve Mazzi. “One Step At A Time” combines Stoney’s harp with a ska beat.
Covers include two from Otis Rush, “Keep Lovin’ Me Baby” and “Cut You Loose,” Bo Diddley’s “I Can Tell,” and the Mike Morgan and Lee McBee authored “Ain’t Like You Used To Be.” Stoney also reprises Magic Dick’s “Whammer Jammer.” And it’s appropriately credited to Juke Joint Jimmy, the fictional bluesman invented by the members of the J. Geils Band. Throughout the album the band members become background singers as they utilize a call and response which energizes both the band and the listener.
These guys get more enjoyable every time I hear them. Make sure you check them out.
Richard Ludmerer is a contributing editor at BluesWax.
to see review online, follow this link:
It’s all about the chemistry when a group of musicians comes together to work and to play... In central Florida, “Stoney and The House Rockers”, a group of dedicated, All-Star blues musicians have come together to play the blues, some feel good funk, and that good ol’ Rock ’n’ Roll as well. All four players are gifted songwriters, as their three critically acclaimed CDs will attest.
Out in the front, the band features Stoney, who sings lead vocals and plays all harmonicas. In October, 2012, Stoney was the winner of The 2012 FLORIDA HARMONICA CHAMPIONSHIP/SHOWMANSHIP Award.
In 2011 Stoney was again nominated for the prestigious Brevard Live Florida Music Award for his harmonica prowess.
Guitarist Rick Fincke is “the straw that stirs the drink”. Rick's Legendary band "The Usual Suspects" has been blowin' through Florida for over two decades. These two great showmen are driven by the powerful rhythm section, often called “Back Burners,” with drummer George Wilson and JT Burley on bass guitar. JT & George have been playing with Rick and "The Usual Suspects" since forever.
In 2009, Stoney and The House Rockers were chosen to perform at the 25th International Blues Challenge in Memphis, sponsored by The Blues Foundation. That year Stoney was also asked to host and run The Late Night IBC Jam Sessions @ The Hard Rock/Memphis. Stoney and Chuck Van Riper were selected to perform at The IBC again in 2010. Stoney and The House Rockers will be competing in the IBC again in 2013.
“Stoney and The House Rockers” have been featured at major blues festivals and concerts throughout Florida and the southeast. Stoney's first CD, “Cruisin’ For A Bluesin’ ” was released in December of 2007, and was sold out in 7 months. Now, after numerous reorders from Discmakers it is sold out once again. “Cruisin’ For A Bluesin’ ” was the recipient of the prestigious Central Florida “CD of The Year Award” in 2009 @ The Brevard Live Florida Music Awards.
Stoney's next CD, is titled “Back In The Game”. It was released in February, 2011 and, like “Cruisin’ For A Bluesin’”, features all original tracks. It is selling quickly at shows and on CDBaby.com. Stoney’s songwriting continues to receive strong accolades from reviews in the blues circles.
And in October of 2012, the band's most powerful release to date, "SHOWTIME!!!" is bringing them into an even brighter spotlight throughout the southeast and aroung the world, via that collosal musician's friend, CDBaby.com. "SHOWTIME!!!" features more original music written and composed by Stoney and Rick.
Stoney and The House Rockers will soon be back in the studio and writing together (Lots more Jump and Swing, baby!!!) in preparation for the next CD, “So This Is The Blues”. The CD is in the works (October, 2012) and the disc is planned for a Summer, 2013 release. It promises to be another great offering from the band...
In 2002, Stoney relocated to central Florida from the Boston area. While living in New England he fronted the original “Stoney and The House Rockers” throughout the 90’s. He also worked with the area’s top blues bands and appeared on several recordings. During the 80s and 90s, while living in New England, his band Trapper toured with many of the greats, such as Aerosmith, Molly Hatchett, Alvin Lee, Pat Travers, Rick Derringer, Black Oak Arkansas, The James Montgomery Band, Edgar Winter, etc.
Stoney has been saying it at every show for years - "It's SHOWTIME Baby!!!"