The last couple of months since the release of Back Around Here has been an exciting time. Back Around Here is on the official Grammy Ballot for nomination in the Best Traditional Blues Album category. The Chicago Blues fest was a blast. Chris James and Patrick Rynn came into town and we performed as part of two Blues on the North Shore productions---“Harp & Soul Festival” and “Three Generations of the Blues.” Both shows were up at SPACE in Evanston and hosted by SiriusXM DJ Bill Wax. Photos from the events are up on my Facebook page (click here to check them out). The Harp & Soul show was particularly special because the legendary Sam Lay performed with Chris, Patrick and I in a rare appearance on drums. The three of us were Sam’s touring band a long time ago, so this reunion was something memorable and sentimental for us. For the Three Generations show, Chris, Patrick and I backed up Delta blues legend (and labelmate) David “Honeyboy” Edwards. Sugar Blue and Charlie Musselwhite also made guest appearances. Between the two events, a ton of musicians performed: Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, Kenny Smith, John Primer, Grady Champion, Bob Stroger, Billy Flynn, Bob Corritore, Johnny Drummer, Homemade Jamz, Dave Specter, and more. Chris, Patrick, and I also performed at the Chicago Blues Festival on the Windy City Stage and at the House of Blues for an Earwig All Stars event celebrating the release of Back Around Here and Chris and Patrick’s new cd Gonna Boogie Anyway.
During the last week in June, I was invited to sit in as a guest artist with the cast of Million Dollar Quartet at the Apollo Theater in Chicago. The show recently won a Tony Award on Broadway with the former Chicago players. The current cast is a group of fantastic actors and musicians. I had a great time performing Rocket 88 and Wild Cat Tamer with them and the crowd and cast seemed to really enjoy themselves. Bassist Chuck Zayas (Jay Perkins), guitarist Gabe Bowling (Carl Perkins), and pianist Lance Lapinsky (Jerry Lee Lewis) came out to some of my shows at House of Blues and BLUES on Halsted. Lance joined us onstage at House of Blues. I am hoping to find a way to put a show together with all of these guys on an off night.
Most recently, I performed at the Taste of Chicago--Best Buy Stage to do some cd promotion. The new cd has been garnering really great reviews and a ton of radio play. One critic wrote: “Stone has delivered what sounds like an instant classic, firmly in a traditional mode yet original and exuberant enough to stand nicely on its own.” The cd debuted on the national Roots Music Charts at #32 and then climbed to #8 the following week, and #2 on the Illinois Roots Music Charts! The album remains in the Top 20! It is all very exciting––especially since I haven’t had a new cd release in 7 years.
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NEW ALBUM "BACK AROUND HERE" IN STORES NOW!
Even though he’s one of the hardest working harmonica wailers on the Chicago blues scene, it’s been seven long years since Rob Stone’s last album. That makes the emergence of his Earwig encore Back Around Here serious cause for celebration. Rob has guitarist Chris James and bassist Patrick Rynn, his longtime musical compatriots and labelmates, on board, and there’s plenty of hard-hitting Windy City blues in the great postwar tradition, the band swinging with an assurance that only comes with years of sharing bandstands. Rob’s wide-bodied harp tone reflects that of his heroes Little Walter, Big Walter Horton, and the two Sonny Boys, but he brings his own inventions to the proceedings, and his vocals are confident and sure. The all-star band also includes pianist David Maxwell, drummers Sam Lay, Willie Hayes, and Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, and saxist Rodney
Brown. Those seven years have made Rob a stronger studio presence than ever! CLICK HERE TO ORDER CD OR MP3 ALBUM
JAPAN IN FEBRUARY
I have planned a one week whirlwind Japanese tour for mid February 2010!
February 16 - Mix - Asagaya, Japan
February 18 - Roosters - Tokyo, Japan
February 19 & 20 - Stormy Monday - Yokohama, Japan
SIX GENERATIONS OF THE BLUES FROM MISSISSIPPI TO CHICAGO
FILM CELEBRATES THE 30TH ANNIVERSARY OF EARWIG MUSIC WITH
TV BROADCAST PREMIERE NOVEMBER 27, 2009
Blues legends David 'Honeyboy' Edwards, Johnny Drummer, Big Jack Johnson, John Primer and Aron Burton will come to national television on MHz Worldview this holiday season. On November 27, 2009 the two-hour broadcast premier entitled Earwig Music Presents Six Generations of the Blues From Mississippi to Chicago takes an in-depth look at contemporary Chicago Blues and traces its roots to rural Mississippi. Chicago viewers can catch the debut on WYCC-TV, Channel 20 at 8 p.m., with a repeat at 10 p.m.
Interviews with the artists follow the 30-year history of the Chicago-based Earwig Records and offer a unique perspective on the Chicago Blues scene. The two-hour special is produced by the award-winning roots music television production group www.frontrowmusic.tv and features live performance footage from the second annual Blues on the North Shore concert in June, 2009. The concert was hosted by Sirius XM Radio's Bill Wax and presents the best of Earwig’s artists. FrontRowMusic.tv celebrates the amazing journey of the Earwig Label with rare incendiary performances of Chicago Blues masters and passionate storytelling by Johnny Drummer, Aron Burton, and David 'Honeyboy' Edwards. For blues fans this is a "must see" show that will be distributed by MHz Worldview to public broadcast affiliates nationally. (See below for TV listings).
Grammy Award winning producer, Scott Shuman, Blues On the North Shore founder/presenter, Lynn Orman and Earwig Music President Michael Frank are the creators of this broadcast premier. The documentary captures a historic gathering of blues legends - - Big Jack Johnson, John Primer, Honeyboy Edwards, & Willie 'Big Eyes' Smith. It also features the new generation of Earwig Music artists: Chris James, Patrick Rynn and Rob Stone, with guest appearances by Bob Corritore, Allen Batts, Kenny 'Beedy Eyes' Smith, Tom Crivellone, Rodney Brown and more.
The broadcast premier is part of an ongoing production of blues music programming and content created by the online TV network www.frontrowmusic.tv which is just now emerging on the national scene. The small but dedicated production group presents performances by blues mavericks such as Zac Harmon, Michael Burks, Bugs Henderson and The Bel Airs, as well as the legendary Chicago artists such as Johnny Drummer and Honeyboy Edwards. The website, www.frontrowmusic.tv, offers free views and downloads of hundreds of incredible performances shot in Sony HD and provides a virtual stage for artists that fans can visit. To see previews of the two-hour concert event and to find air dates for the B.B. King's Bluesville radio interview & concert preview with Sirius XM Radio's Bill Wax and television listings for the November 27 broadcast go to http://www.frontrowmusic.tv/node/382/.
The broadcast will air in its entirety on November 27, 2009 at 9 p.m. EST with an encore performance at 11 p.m. EST and in February 2010 in celebration of Black History Month. For airtime in your city please visit, MHz Worldview, http://www.mhznetworks.org/mhzworldview/affiliates/.
Austin-Rochester, MN – KSMQ
Charleston, IL – WEIU
Charlottesville, VA – WHTJ
Chicago, IL – WYCC, channel 20, 8 p.m. & 10 p.m.
Cleveland-Akron-Youngstown, OH – WNEO/WEAO
Denver, CO – KBDI
Flint-Saginaw, MI – WDCQ-DT
Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, MI – WGVU/WGVK
Las Vegas, NV – Vegas PBS/KLVX
Miami, FL – WLRN
Minneapolis, MN – MPS Cable
Moline, IL (Quad Cities) – WQPT
New Orleans, LA – WLAE
Orlando-Daytona Beach-Melbourne, FL – WDSC
Philadelphia, PA – MiND TV (WYBE)
Richmond, VA – WCVE
Salt Lake City, UT – UEN (Utah Ed Network)
San Francisco, CA – KCSM
St. Paul, MN – St. Paul Neighborhood Network
Stanford, CA – Stanford University
Tacoma/Seattle, WA – KBTC
Topeka, KS – KTWU
Warrensburg, MO– KMOS
Washington, DC - WNVC/MHz Worldview