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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

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Rollin’ and Tumblin


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