|WHO ARE THESE GUYS?
They were one of the first bands scheduled to open for John Fogerty at the Mid-South Music Festival in Memphis, before that festivals recent cancellation, then on to three nights at the House of Blues in Chicago, then opening for .38 Special and Cheap Trick in Montgomery and now just added to the renown City Stages Festival in Birmingham -- as well as a song on the upcoming John Carpenter film and accompanying soundtrack for John Carpenters Vampires, starring James Woods and Daniel Baldwin.
They are the mighty rockin STONE, and they are red hot, or as one of their reviewers put it, they are "white hot."
Voted "Best Blues Rock Band" in Los Angeles at the annual Rock City News Awards last fall, this three piece unit is fronted by singer/virtuoso guitarist Brad Wilson. Joining him are drummer J.J. Garcia, "Best Drummer" nominee at the recent L.A. Music Awards and popular bassist Brian James.
Additionally, Rock City News has just featured Stone as their April 16 cover story, an achievement fulfilled, as historically, all of Los Angeles most famous bands appeared first on the cover of this noted publication before going on to national success.
With LA buzz gigs at the Viper Room, The Mint, B.B. Kings and then packing the House of Blues, the band has come up fast. Thanks to KLOS radio Local Licks Producer Bill Hartew, who featured the band on the program twice in six months, including their year-end "Best Of" show.
How did Stone choose their moniker? Hits magazine explains, "Stones Brad Wilson named his band for Brads Stone Gossard (of Pearl Jam fame), who named his band Brad when Wilson refused to surrender the rights to the name Shame (which Gossard originally wanted). Got it?"
Produced by the legendary Robb Bros. of Cherokee Recording Studios (who have worked with everyone from David Bowie to Rod Stewart to Paul McCartney to Steve Perry to John Mellencamp, etc., etc.), the band has already completed half of their new record and will finish up the project in between legs of the tour.