“Despite their name, the Stanleytones are more than just a Stanley Brothers tribute band. On a fine debut album, Half a Dozen Heartaches, they pay homage to Ralph and Carter with a respectful cover version of "Ridin' That Midnight Train," two Bill Monroe numbers and a song associated with Jimmy Martin, "Sophronie". Throw in some old-time string-band music, "Bound to Ride," "Black Mountain Rag" and some solid originals, "Half a Dozen Heartaches," "Weld County Breakdown," "Tears I Cried for You" and the result is a highly satisfying collection of traditional, high-lonesome bluegrass.”
“Nice choice of material and a good variety of styles. Outstanding job!”
"Women Make Me Act Like a Fool" is regional bluegrass at its finest, with the potential to reach out to other audiences.
"A tantalizing offering--bluegrass that adheres to established values, but still seethes with creativeness. The music of the Stanleytones certainly has sterling credentials."-Bluegrass Unlimited
“The harmonies have excellent blend and pitch, straight from the dark side of the hollow. The 'Tones have hit the tap-root of this style of roots music.”
“One of the best traditional bluegrass bands to hit the Colorado Front Range in a long time.”
"Channeled from Virginia's Stanley Brothers, the spirit energy of mountain music is now in the hands of Colorado's Stanleytones."--Colorado Bluegrass Music Society.
“...a fine debut album. "Half a Dozen Heartaches" is a highly satisfying collection of traditional, high-lonesome bluegrass. ”
“...this band follows the ways of the masters. The group's strong traditional songs are sometimes flavored by a dash of western swing or a pinch of jazz, giving each song the authentic sound of bluegrass music as practiced here in Colorado. ”