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Stoney and The House Rockers / Press

“Stoney & The House Rockers Showtime!!! BluesWax Rating: 8 out of 10 A Chemistry Lesson 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... Stoney on harp and vocals just gets better with age. Rounding out this blues and funk ensemble is guitarist Rick Fincke, bassist JT Burley, and Mike Dipaolo is the House Rockers’ drums. 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,” and two jazzy tunes, “Mine All Mine” and the instrumental title track, "SHOWTIME!!!" For the complete review, see”

“A fan favorite for many years, Stoney and the House Rockers will provide unforgettable entertainment that will combine classic rock 'n' roll with a little funk, and the treasured blues music the band has built its reputation upon. Consisting of Stoney on vocals on harmonica, Johnny Beemiller on guitar and vocals, Mark Docherty on keyboards and vocals, Andre Follot on bass and vocals and Brian Coke on drums and vocals, Stoney and the House Rockers delivers a powerful show with a combination of musical styles that will leave audiences in awe and begging for more... ”

“Stoney and the House Rockers' latest release "Cruisin' for a Bluesin'," is a surprisingly good release from this Florida-based group led by Exeter native Stoney, aka Barry Burnham. It's really hard to capture a classic blues sound in this day of "contemporary blues," where shredding guitar solos and horn heavy backing sections rule the genre. Stoney and his mates do a good job of celebrating the essence of the blues, which is, get people up, and movin' — with the band seamlessly making themselves a part of the audience. 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 CD that showcase Stoney's versatility as a harp player is his ode to the great harmonica player Toots Thieleman, "Tribute to Toots."... you'll have more than an ample opportunity to check out this fine blues ban”

“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. The fourteen very well done originals highlight the band and the talent of STONEY on lead vocals and harmonica... 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'... ..."TWO TIMIN' WOMAN" is a smoker that will even get the wallflowers movin' & groovin', of course STONEY gets his share of hot harp blowin' in there as well. 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...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... Good job guys. ”

“BLUES BASH AT THE IOKA The blues will be blaring at Club Ioka in Exeter on Saturday, Oct. 4, when Stoney and The House Rockers take the spotlight. New Hampshire-bred bluesman Barry Burnham is a harmonica player with years of experience under his belt. Known by his stage name of Stoney, Burnham has helmed a number of area blues bands since the 1980s. The former Exeter resident moved to Florida in 2002, where he sings and plays harp for Stoney and The House Rockers, which released “Cruisin’ for a Bluesin’” in December. Stoney’s gig at the Ioka comes amid a short tour of the Seacoast in support of “Cruisin’,” with other shows at Daniel Street Tavern in Portsmouth on Friday, Oct. 3 at 9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 12 at 4 p.m.; Shooter’s Pub in Exeter on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 7 p.m.; The Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth on Friday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.; and Bourbon’s in Portsmouth on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. Copies of "Cruisin' for a Bluesin'" will be available at the shows f”

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