Keith Stone review…January 21, 2016…

KEITH STONE

THE PRODIGAL RETURNS

KEITH STONE MUSIC

PRELUDE–BETTER THINGS TO DO–FIRST LOVE–CINDI LEIGH–TAKE ME HOME–NEW ORLEANS MOONLIGHT–TIME TO MOVE ON–MAKE ME FEEL ALRIGHT–BUSTER’S PLACE–THE PRODIGAL RETURNS–JUST A CLOSER WALK WITH THEE

Keith Stone is a true son of New Orleans, born in the heart of the Crescent City.  A passionate guitarist, singer, and composer, he has been influenced by all the rich heritage of that great city, and shares its vast wealth with all us blues fans thru his first solo album, “The Prodigal Returns.”

It is eleven cuts that are as versatile as the city itself, and Keith immerses us in that good gumbo with hot guitar lines full of fire, funk, and passion.  He epitomizes the good times of life with a sweet ode to his lover, “Cindi Leigh,” with fine accordion from Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes.

The set starts with a horn-fueled shot of soul-blues, and is the story of a no-good woman on the prowl, and Keith tells her “I Got Better Things To Do than fool around with you!”  “Take Me Home” is Keith’s slow-groovin’ autobiography, with “sweet music everywhere, from New Orleans to Houma!”  The title cut has some serious wah-wah guitar, as Keith vows to “play your blues away,” with the help of “the gris-gris man with the mojo hand!”

We had three favorites, too.  Love is sho’ nuff in bloom under that “New Orleans Moonlight,” featuring Elaine Foster on background vocals.  “Buster’s Place” is a jazzy instrumental with a slinky, Pink-Panther-ish groove, and the set closes with a stunning, eight-minute version of “Just A Closer Walk With Thee,” done up N’Awlins style and with piano from Dr. John himself!

There is something for every musical taste on this set.  We don’t know if there will be any “fatted calves” killed, but one thing we do know is that Keith Stone, with “The Prodigal Returns,” is a sweet southern blues stew!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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