R. B. Stone review…December 5, 2015…

R. B. STONE

SOME CALL IT FREEDOM

(SOME CALL IT THE BLUES)

MIDDLE MOUNTAIN MUSIC   MMM  11415

HILL COUNTRY STOMP–SOME CALL IT FREEDOM–35 MILES TO MOBILE–YO YO LOVER–MIND YOUR BIZNESS–ANOTHER THIEF–NICKAJACK–YOU DON’T WANT ME–WON’T STOP ROCKIN’–WEAPONS OF MASS PERSUASION–STANDIN’ ON TOP OF THE WORLD

R. B. Stone was introduced to music by his parents, with his mom showing him some basic piano chords.  Soon, he’d learned “Lean On Me,” and has come quite a long way since those days of his youth.  He has just released his third solo project, “Some Call It Freedom (Some Call It The Blues), for Middle Mountain Music.  It is the follow-up to his very well-received last set, “Loosen Up.”

This set is a fine collection of good ole down-home blues based around R. B.’s many influences that he’s drawn from over his career.  He’s on vocals, harp, and all guitars, with Terrance Houston on drums, Randy Coleman and Josh Fairman on bass, and one of our best friends from the Nashville Blues Society, Larry Van Loon, all over the keys.

R. B. comes out firin’ on all 8 with a nod to North Mississippi, with the hearty vibe of that mighty, “righteous sound of the Hill Country Stomp.”  This one pays a sweet tribute to all the greats from that region, from T-Model Ford to Kenny Brown and everyone in between.  Being able to look at life as “the glass is half empty” is the key to the title cut, because, “If you ain’t got no money, you got no money to lose.”  R. B. gets in some fine slide licks on this one, too.

Larry brings a cool New Orleans flavor to “Mind Your Bizness” with that groovy piano, and R. B. busts out a cigar-box guitar that belonged to John Nickle on a Hill Country-meets-Appalachia instrumental entitled “Nickajack.”  He closes the set with a damn fine jam, “Standin’ On Top Of The World,” featuring guitar from Austin Young, with everyone getting a healthy solo.

We had two favorites, too.  R. B.’s autobiography plays out in “Won’t Stop Rockin,” with Larry adding some deep boogie-woogie piano.  A cool stop-time-ish tune about a sho’ nuff foxey lady and her many “Weapons Of Mass Persuasion” features slide from another good friend of ours, Tim “Too Slim” Langford.

R. B. Stone has pulled out all the stops and taken no prisoners with “Some Call It Freedom (Some Call It The Blues).  As he’ll gladly tell you, it’s ok to just “crank it up and shake ’em on down!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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