Performs Locally: HILLTOP TAVERN & INN – Friday, August 23
Southern California-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Jason Robert brings his Roots-based, Americana-Blues sounds “by popular demand” back to the Hilltop Tavern & Inn, 9544 Kiowa Ave., Friday, August 23. Set time: 8:oopm-11:30pm. Free. Info: (760) 247-7727 or visit https://hilltoptavernandinn.com.
In addition to Robert, the band consists of Scott Longnecker (bass) and Dominick Camera (drums).
The High Desert musician was just announced as a nominee for the 2019 L.A. Music Critic Awards in two categories: “Best Roots/Americana Artist” and “Best Roots/Americana Band.”
What The Press Is Saying About ‘The Death of Stone Stanley’
“Jason Robert’s talent as a composer, guitarist, and vocalist is undeniable. He has taken the premise of Delta blues and infused it with a sound that is rough, raw, and, indeed, unique. His originals are created in the style of the past masters, and, “The Death Of Stone Stanley” is a crowning achievement!”
NASHVILLE BLUES & ROOTS SOCIETY
“Robert’s full-on baritone voice gives the session its personality… by adding guitar and drums to the mix, he achieves an authentic picture of the Wild West Cowboy taking his evening leisure in stride
“What really caught my ear was the quality of the originals on the album. Jason Robert’s work as a songwriter shows him to be incredibly diverse when it comes to style. Comparisons to Willie Johnson & Mississippi Fred McDowell are a given, with two tunes from each included in the set. The Death of Stone Stanley is the sort of thing I go to when I need a break from “business as usual”. I recommend it highly.”
REFLECTIONS IN BLUE
Robert – who capped a solid 2018 with a “Best Video” nomination for “Mr. Bell” from the 2018 L.A. Music Critic Awards – released his latest album “The Death of Stone Stanley,” this past February. He’s also released two of the tracks on The Death of Stone Stanley as videos: Mr. Bell (“a spooky, haunting track…the story of a town doomed to last forever in that place between worlds” – IndiePulse Music); and, John The Revelator (“an amazing cover of the 1926 blues classic” – L.A. Music Critic).
Robert’s previous 2017 album The Mudstomp Tapes, (released under the Stone Stanley moniker) received great reviews both in the U.S. and abroad. Robert describes the Mudstomp sound as “a very muddy sound predicated on the back-beat of drums and distorted acoustic guitars with a lot of re-verb on the drums and vocals. It’s something that has organically grown out of my solo work. The feeling is one of stomping through the Desert during a Mid-Summer rain on a Saturday night.” Musically, Robert says, “it encompasses an eclectic mix of blues, folk, rock, and a hint of reggae, that takes on a life of its own.”
In September, the Jason Robert Band performs both on the Main Stage of the Long Beach, Calif-based New Blues Festival (Labor Day weekend); and at the Bud Light Kern River Rock And Blues Fest, September 26-29, in Kernville, Calif.
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