Stoney B (Michael Stone) was born May 29th, 1954 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up listening to his father, Lil’ Howlin’ Wolf, playing the blues. Lil' Howlin' Wolf learnt his blues from the Chicago Blues Legend Howling Wolf. Stoney B’s passion for the blues really took hold when he began teaching himself the bass guitar at the age of 13 and formed his first band at the age of 15.
During Stoney B's career he has played behind well known blues musicians such as Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Junior Wells, Koko Taylor, Johnny Guitar Embry and the Blues Kings, Son Thomas, Homesick James, Lovie Lee, Roosevelt Boobie Barnes and Willie Mississippi Foster. He has formed a number of Stoney B Blues Bands around the U.S with numerous accomplished blues musicians.
For 12 years he played in a well known partnership as a street musician in New Orleans with Grandpa Elliott (Elliott Small). Written up in the New York Times it was said, “They know that it is their blues, the sorrowful, beautiful, haunting sound of bending guitar strings and weeping harmonica, that draws the tourists to them … but it is the show that makes the tourists stay.” Grandpa Elliott and Stoney B recorded 3 CDs together: French Quarter Style, Blues for Days and Sea of Love.
In 2010, Stoney B, with 43 years of experience has become a top class entertainer of the Blues. He not only has lots of talent but that wonderful gift of communication which grabs people’s attention as he brings them into a truly enjoyable, masterful and often humorous experience as he entertains them with the Down Home Blues. He feels and shares at a soulful level the essence of the blues with strong influences from Muddy Waters, BB King and Jimmy Reed.
The new Stoney B Blues Band in San Diego is made up of experienced Blues Musicians and they will have you dancing, laughing and captivated with their show. Blues lovers in San Diego are only just starting to discover who Stoney B Blues is and it is the band that has got people talkin’…..