ABOUT MARC STONE
Slide guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Marc Stone has had a breakout 2023 with his funkified and finely-crafted Blues-infused Rock/Americana originals. Equally at home bringing the fire with his electric band, leading intricate all star projects, and tearing it up for packed houses with just a guitar and a mic, Stone has been described by OffBeat Magazine as “some sort of glorious Elton John/Walter ‘Wolfman’ Washington mashup”. Newly signed to Sony imprint Bent River Records, his star-studded, all-original studio album Shining Like A Diamond features Leo Nocentelli and George Porter, Jr. of the Meters, Joy Clark, Mike Dillon, Bruce “Sunpie” Barnes, Lilli Lewis, Weedie Braimah, Meschiya Lake, Papa Mali, Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, Marilyn Barbarin and many more . The album will hit the streets worldwide in January 2024. The lead single “The Truth (Is What I Wanna Know)” will drop on October 13, 2023 and has already been licensed for inclusion in AMC TV’s new crime drama Parish. Writer Brett Milano says of the album "his latest shows how many ways there are to make a hip, modern blues record without relying on the obvious guitar-slinging thing...these songs are worth the care they get.”
On the live front Stone delivered a fiery 2023 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival appearance that has been released as an album by Munck Music. JamBase.com said of the show "Marc Stone thoroughly impressed during the Friday set, showing his immense talent on slide guitar as he ripped through an array of originals…with an on-point cover of The Band’s ‘The Shape I’m In’…boasting a powerful vocal prowess that rivals his abilities on guitar.”
During the same week Stone also curated and led a series of all star concerts at New Orleans Van Gogh Immersive Exhibit which saw him collaborating with Luther Dickinson, Joy Clark, Leo Nocentelli, John Mooney, Lilli Lewis, Mike Dillon, Ed Williams of the Revivalists and more. If that wasn’t enough, Stone accompanied Meters’ legends Leo Nocentelli and Cyril Neville at Jazz Fest.
Stone followed his fest season with fly dates to Utah, Colorado, Connecticut and Wisconsin. He capped it all off with his biggest show ever as an artist, headlining the Marshall Blues Festival in Michigan to a crowd of 10,000.
Stone has released six albums and toured extensively in the US and Europe. His songs ooze with the vibes he’s absorbed performing with legends of Funk, New Orleans RnB, Blues and Zydeco, as well as his work with cutting-edge Americana phenoms, Jam band heroes, Hip-Hop artists, singer songwriters and African drum masters. Along the way Stone has performed in over 20 countries, including ten years of consistent touring in western Europe.
Iconic artists including Bobby Rush, Bonnie Raitt, and Bill Payne of Little Feat have all praised Stone’s abilities and he has collaborated with a who’s who of the Roots music world. His recordings and all-star projects have included contributions from Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Joy Clark, Lilli Lewis, John Mooney, the Campbell Brothers, Luther Dickinson, Meschiya Lake, Roosevelt Collier, Papa Mali, Dave Malone, Camile Baudoin and Reggie Scanlan of the Radiators, Leo Nocentelli and George Porter, Jr. of the Meters, Kirk Joseph and Roger Lewis of the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Marilyn Barbarin, and Alvin “Youngblood” Hart. As a guitarist, Stone has performed or recorded with Eddie Bo, Marva Wright, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Leftover Salmon w Col. Bruce Hampton, Charles Brown, Alana Davis, Terrance Simien, Marcia Ball, Henry Gray and countless others.
When Stone puts down the guitar for while, he often picks up gems from his extensive vinyl collection to DJ at clubs and events. Offstage, Marc gives back to the community with his weekly “Soul Serenade” program on volunteer-powered WWOZ 90.7-fm New Orleans and by organizing concerts and projects bringing younger artists together with masters from earlier generations. He has worked as talent curator for festivals, clubs and events, and performed in over 20 countries worldwide.