It’s no wonder that New York City-born, New Orleans-adopted guitarist Marc Stone has become one of the most respected Blues and Roots artists in the Crescent City. Who else has spent the last 20+ years backing such an astounding litany of Louisiana Blues, R&B and Zydeco legends including Eddie Bo, Ernie K-Doe, Marva Wright, Tommy Ridgely, Marcia Ball, Henry Gray, Rockin’ Dopsie, C.J. Chenier, and Grammy winner Terrance Simien? When not gigging with his crackerjack band or touring Europe, Stone also hosts “Soul Serenade,” the fifteen year-old worldwide radio show broadcast on famous New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Station WWOZ, 90.7 FM.
Stone’s impressive roots-music pedigree, red-hot slide playing and outstanding story-telling are all on fine display with his national debut Poison & Medicine. A stellar cast of New Orleans guests including percussion wizard Mike Dillon, the Bonerama Horns, the late great tenor sax master Tim Green, members of Galactic, Honey Island Swamp Band, and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band spice the nine soulful/devil-inside grooves, spanning the Southern musical spectrum from gospel to R&B to haunting Delta Swamp Blues.
This release on Louisiana Red Hot places Stone among a powerhouse roster that includes the Honey Island Swamp Band, Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk, Glen David Andrews and the New Orleans Suspects, capping an outstanding year for the artist. With two European tours and a Fall tour of the Northeast under his belt in 2015, Stone has also performed high profile gigs at home including French Quarter Festival, Tipitina’s opening for a sold out Radiators reunion show, a featured role in the All Star New Orleans tribute to Mad Dogs and Englishmen, as well as performances with Walter “Wolfman” Washington, John Mooney, Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne and Col Bruce Hampton, and Marcia Ball.
“Poison & Medicine possesses catchy hooks, compelling introspection and songs that are simply fun to sing along to, marking perhaps a watershed moment in the already locally adored and internationally in-demand 45-year-old Stone’s career.” – Frank Etheridge, Offbeat Magazine, New Orleans
“Marc Stone deftly mixes traditional blues, gospel, R&B and blues rock into a coherent musical continuum…Stone is an excellent guitarist, especially on lap steel…not a wasted note….” – John Swenson, OffBeat Magazine, New Orleans
“A true Blues diamond in the rough.” – Where Y’at Magazine, New Orleans
“The highlight of the concert came clearly at the end of the evening with the Marc Stone Band…incredible ease and in splendid form…” – Appenzeller Zeitung, Switzerland
“[A] great record. From start to finish it doesn’t abandon the listener for even a moment.” (five star review) – Gianluca Diana, Alias Magazine, Italy
“One guitar, one chair, this pro doesn’t need more. From the first chord the crowd was rockin’.” – Kraichgau Stimme, Germany