Review By Joseph Timmons: IndiePulse Music Magazine
In Review: Mudstomp Tapes by Stone Stanley is a down home romp through blues and southern style influenced music, from the beginning, it rocks.
Top Tracks to me, gotta start with the song “Be With Me“, this is a rough and ready love song from the deepest heart of a man of means, followed by the slow driving “Beast Inside” which is a song of another kind of love, one of regret and sorrow and of anger that seeths under the surface. The songs go in and out of emotional switches, they are analogies, tall tales and short stories, “Bitter End”, “Bottled”, Cobble Hill, “Freedom Chant”, Iroquois Chant”, “My Shame”, “So Glad”– just one hit after the other with the “Slap” of honesty.
One Track that sounds both Happy and Sarcastic… “Drop It“, which I can relate to at this time of life, a long for a “Drama Free” life for sure. the album rounds up and ties down with 2 tracks that are very special, “Soulshine” which is an uplifting song that gives hope, and then it all comes to a bittersweet end with the song “Unfaithful Woman” which, admittedly, brought a tear to my eye, it is true, everyone has that one that left you so far down, the bottom of the bottomless pit was as high as the sun, an instrumental majesty of stinging sadness, but oh so good !
12 tracks that are meant to be felt and not just heard.
Stone Stanley is the musical project of singer/songwriter Jason Trombley, based out of Hesperia California, a high desert community in San Bernardino County, some consider the last bastions of “The Wild West” Rooted in blues, rock and folk, the Stone Stanley musical experience is eclectic and oozing with Americana.
In addition to Trombley, the current list of musicians recording and touring in Stone Stanley are not limited to, but include, Scott Longnecker (bass), Dan Stevens (drums/percussion), Ralph Gilbert (guitar) and Carlos Rojas (Drums/percussion). Departing from the “soulfolk” and reggae-like sounds of their 2011 self titled debut album, Stone Stanley now relies on a more rock and blues oriented approach. The band consider their style of play as Mudstomp Music, which refers to the “high and lonesome” sound of high desert based country blues with emphasis on a backbeat, akin to “romping through the desert mud” amid heavy rain.
To achieve this sound, Trombley sits center stage like a 1930’s Delta street performer, playing acoustic lap and/or traditional bottleneck style blues and rock guitar through Fender amplifiers. What’s more is Trombley does so while keeping time on a bass and snare drum with his feet.
While Trombley’s voice accompanies his drums and guitar playing, Scott Longnecker provides bottom end with a complimentary bass groove to Trombley’s unorthodox approach. Dan Stevens adds a refreshing percussive element to the overall sound that enhances the essence of Trombley’s original compositions. Ralph Gilbert accompanies on guitar with his own brilliant blend of roots and tradition to round out a unique and intriguing sound.
his sound can be heard on the upcoming, “Mudstomp Tapes” the bands follow up album, set to be released May 27, 2017.
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