Stone Blind Valentine is the acoustic project of longtime Chicago musicians Emily Hurd, Colby Maddox, and Gregg Ostrom. Gritty lyrics and unruly guitar get a layer of polish from bright mandolin and sharp fiddle licks. The group treads on bluegrass while digging into the heavy kind of rhythms that made Levon Helm famous. The band's first album is "Burn Like A Field." Val Haller of the New York Times calls the album "spiced up strings and twang...Stone Blind Valentine offers lots of sweet emotion but doesn't sugarcoat things."