Category Archives: Blues Rock

San Fransisco’s Blues Rock: The Stone Foxes

San Fransisco’s Blues Rock: The Stone Foxes

If there is a band who understands how the roots of music still influences the future,  how a rock ´n roll band should start playing in the deep underground Chitlin’s and Juke Joints of Mississippi with an urge for the old days The Stone Foxes are. The San Fransisco based band makes blues, folk and rock ‘n roll in a happy-feeling mix of loudness.

Blues inspired musicians

The Stone Foxes are blues fans, you hear it in the covers they play like Slim Harpo’s ‘King Bee’, Muddy Waters ‘Rollin’ and Tumblin’’ and Willie Dixon’s Spoonful and Little Red Rooster. They got away with doing things that hadn’t been done before even if they started playing basic blues. It’s when they started experimenting that they took on their own identities, “They’re trying to do the same thing”. Bass player Aaron Mort: “You have to, and it feels like something that had to happen AND happen very naturally”. (website stone foxes)

Songs of the Stone Foxes are clearly influenced by Blues and Rock ‘n Roll, but overall they are a rock band. In a lot of songs of these guy you hear the blues. Like the Elmore James’ style of slide guitar in the song “Cotto” or the rhythmic, the singing and harmonica in “Stomp” from their 2010 Bulls & Bears album. Especially “Stomp”  is a trademark for the bands music and inspiration.

Music of the Stone Foxes

How The Stone Foxes describe their music, and the thoughts of how that should be played on their own website: “The core of any rock band worth their salt is a deep respect for the fundamentals – a feel that’s redolent of the scare-the-parents, back country, wild juke joint origins – and an abiding drive to carve out one’s own unique territory”. The friction between these impulses is where good things happen, and it’s the place San Francisco’s The Stone Foxes  have resided since their 2008 debut, young men dedicated to keeping rock engaged and succulently alive.

Multi Instrumentalists The Stone Foxes

These guys are all multi instrumentalists Shannon Koehler who plays the Drums, The harmonica and Vocals recalls: “You do what the song needs you to do. That’s how this band does it,”. “Hell, that’s how The Band did it! You can go back to Muddy Waters and further for examples of this. With us, there’s this filter of blues and roots that we’ve created by soaking up that music, and when we write everything gets put through that filter. It comes out as who we are today but everything we do goes through that filter, this cultural fuzzbox.”

Their Latest album Small Fires was released in 2013. They still keep influences from the blues, but most of all you will hear a more rock sound in their  songs, comparable to the Black Keys, Reignwolf or Radio Moscow. Their Song King Bee was part of the Jack Daniels commercial of Honey Bee. Listen to their full Albul Bulls & Bears right here. You will also find some of their Blues covers. We are fans of the Stone Foxes.

The_Stone_Foxes_RBF_photo by Piotr Drabik wiki commons
The_Stone_Foxes_RBF_photo by Piotr Drabik wiki commons

The Stone Foxes Spotifty

Little Red Rooster

I Killed Robert Johnson

Rollin’ and Tumblin

Cotto

Jack Daniels Commercial Honey BEE

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J. Roddy Walston and the Business Rock ‘n Roll band

J. Roddy Walston and the Business Rock ‘n Roll band

J. Roddy Walston and the Business have crossed my mind a couple of times yesterday. Although they play together for more than ten years, these guys from Cleveland Tennessee were new to me. Somehow I missed J. Roddy and the Business along the musical crossroads. Nevertheless: these guys are a must listen! Continue reading J. Roddy Walston and the Business Rock ‘n Roll band

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Black Pistol Fire modern energetic Blues and Rock ‘n Roll

Black Pistol Fire modern energetic Blues and Rock ‘n Roll

The Rock ‘n Rollers from Black Pistol Fire are known for their modern rhythmic blues and rock ‘n roll. They are original from Canada but nowadays they howl from Austin Texas. They make songs about the lonely desert bars of the Rocky Mountains. ‘Bout a bank robber travelling through the forgotten cities of this lonely planet, ending up with a hooker and a shotgun in his hand. And above all, about knowing that the man will come around some day for everybody. Like in their 2011 song Soffucation Blues. Continue reading Black Pistol Fire modern energetic Blues and Rock ‘n Roll

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The Fresh blues sound of Charlie Patton’s War

The Fresh blues sound of Charlie Patton’s War

Recently a fresh young band remarkable for their old-schoolsound finished their first American tour this February. These guys ain´t from Mississippi, they howl from Indiana since 2010. Charley Patton´s War is a combination of Chicago Blues, Blues Rock and traditional Blues in the style of the bluesman in their bandname. Continue reading The Fresh blues sound of Charlie Patton’s War

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Radio Moscow’s Blueswodka from Iowa

Radio Moscow’s Blueswodka from Iowa

Blues has always been the basis of modern music. Since music developed the genre expanded, but the style is still recognizable in a whole lot of ways. In the sixties the Rolling Stones, highly influenced by the blues took the stage, in the seventies Led Zeppelin joined, and in the eighties Slash brought the blues feeling with him in Guns ‘n Roses. A band that knows roots in today’s music and produce the fruits is Radio Moscow. A group of guys that know how to play the 1-4-5  schemes of the blues..

Radio Moscow Psychedelic Mud

Their song Lucky Dutch of the album Radio Moscow released in 2007 reminded me of Muddy Waters version of I Just Want To Make Love To You on the Electric Mud Album, a little bit psychedelic, garage, punk song  turned into a modern blueswodka from Radio Moscow. It is a fantastic introduction to these guys from Iowa Continue reading Radio Moscow’s Blueswodka from Iowa

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Reignwolf Blues and Soulful Howlin´

Photo by Scott Penner Reignwolf – Coachella 2013, Creative Commons
Photo by Scott Penner Reignwolf – Coachella 2013, Creative Commons

Reignwolf Blues and Soulful Howlin´

The ingredients for a good Rock n Roll show are simple: a howlin’ voice, a screaming guitar, a steady beat, a crowd of crazy people and the finest liquor around. It was back in the day of the Chitlin´ Circuit the way to do it, and it is now. Reign Wolf aka Jordan Cook is a man that knows how to give a show like that. He recently released his album In The Dark in December.

In The Dark

reignwolf-logo-blackIn The Dark is a combination of Hardrock, Blues and Jimi Hendrix Guitar. On his website he explains it all for us: F*ckin’ REIGNWOLF is invading the streets unleashing throaty soulful howls, bleeding guitars plugged into smokey half stacks, and stomping on a vintage Ludwig bass drum. Thank you Reignwolf.

Reignwolf and the Reign man

It has been a while since I heard a band sound like Reignwolf. It is the Jimi Hendrix guitar, the Psychedelic Chicago Bluesbreak and the deep drums mixed into a whiskey from Seattle. Besides The Reign man , NBA legend Shawn Kemp, we can conclude that Reignwolf is the other dominant and powerful man in the Northwest.

Reignwolf live music

Reignwolf performed at many festivals this year, but I think his act also fits fine in a small pub. The smaller gigs where you got little space to tear down the venue. Listening to the music of Reignwolf, you know you´re gonna have a good time.

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