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Mike Blair & The Stonewalls / Press

“Tell Me Again,” by Wilmington’s Mike Blair and the Stonewalls, stirs that affection, drowning all lyrical meaning with its smooth rhythm and silky phrasing upon first listen. But by the third spin, the true meaning of the song shifts to the front, and you’re left with the same emotional dichotomy as the memory of those long-spent seaboard nights. Is it beautiful or depressing? Soothing or painful? I think the only realistic answer is yes. ”

“The camaraderie runs deep between the Stonewalls, and it shows on and off stage. Though Mike, David and Keith were the only ones present at the interview, they still talked about the other three as though they, too, were with us. Audiences who have been captivated by the band’s Americana style and Blair’s soulful voice can delight in knowing that the band has immortalized their talents in the form of their first EP.”

““The big print giveth, the little print taketh away” is one way to describe this record. The song structures and melodies draw you in but the subject’s details belie the beauty. It takes courage to express one’s hurt, and you don’t want to sledgehammer the listener with your woes. Blair and company have done a fine job of taking personal, emotional material and dressing it in palatable well played songs, songs that warrant repeated listening and exploration.”

“The best song is “I Won’t Be There” which highlights the strengths of the band at the helm of “The Print.” It paints a vivid image of losing the closeness of a partner and the inability to let go. Musically it’s a pleasant, strolling number yet it’s about something gut wrenching, about having to live apart. For such a brilliant song that’s deeply sad and musically tender, Blair and the band play it with considerable moderation. Sarah Blair’s discreet backing vocals on it make it all the more haunting and desperate.”

“From the first strum to the last beat of the drum, the Stonewalls will slowly absorb any listener into their ambience of genuine serenity. The music speaks to the audience as if they were longtime friends catching up on life. Blair’s vocals are fitted for the mellow storytelling lyrics that resemble the greats like James Taylor.”

“The man’s voice defines sensuality and then defies it.”

“Remember Blair & the Stonewalls as an act that genuinely enjoys themselves onstage–an audience member perhaps feeling more privy to a friendly, well-timed, living room jam session than a show with a cover charge, though Blair’s music always lends itself to a live audience.”