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John Stone - Meet John Stone

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John Stone has a fine, traditional, rootsy approach to what is essentially mainstream Nashville pop. The delivery saves the material, fortunately, and makes for a pretty enjoyable disc overall, and Stone's voice is solid, backed by a really powerful band of strong musicians who bring it all together well.
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Pros

  • "You Oughta See Her Truck"
  • "You Can't Go Home To Mama"
  • "Tear Jerkin' Song"

Cons

  • Too Nashville-poppy/mainstream.
  • Too slick, lacks a little bite.

Description

  • Produced by Greg Humphrey and P.T. Houston.
  • Features Gary Morse (Dwight Yoakam, Dierks Bentley) on steel guitar and banjo.
  • Well-done debut CD on the Tootsies Orchid Lounge label.

Guide Review - John Stone - Meet John Stone

John Stone does a good job of delivering mainstream country music that still sounds like it's actually COUNTRY, his powerful voice carrying this disc above the ordinary. It's twelve tracks, many of them self-written, a little Southern-fried here and there, traditional in approach, mainstream in feel, songs that sound like they're aimed at radio and will likely be played there, a new face that appears to be right on the edge of breakout.

Stone has been playing the famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge every Friday night for some time, after making the Top 25 finalists in the 2003 "Nashville Star" competition. He's opened for Gretchen Wilson, and he's been invited to play for President Bush several times.

Stone appears to be on the right track to a pretty slick career. He fits right in with the current crop of young rockin'-country players and does a good turn with song.

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