WHAT THE PEOPLE SAY
“One doesn’t need to have an occasion to have a good time in New Orleans, much less Tipitina’s, but it was one hell-of-a-night hanging out with Marc Stone, who came down to jam with Leftover Salmon in the wee hours. Marc was there with our good friend Colonel Bruce Hampton. It was the Colonel’s birthday.
Marc sported a yellow Tele that evening that he played as beautifully as the guitar looked. Marc is a consummate Musician (yes, the M is capitalized).
We spoke at length offstage, in addition to our ‘conversation’ onstage. I was impressed with his knowledge of New Orleans music and to find out that he is a DJ for WWOZ 90.7 in NO. The man does it all! A wonderful evening all the way around. Much thanks to Marc for his being there!”
- Bill Payne of Little Feat/Leftover Salmon/Doobie Brothers
“You’re the real deal!”
- Bobby Rush
“Beyond his obvious musical talent, Marc Stone is one of the world’s most giving people that I know. Personally, I feel blessed to have him assist me in my musical and personal endeavors in life.”
- Leo Nocentelli of the Meters
“Marc Stone thoroughly impressed, doing Levon Helm (*Richard Manuel) proud with an on-point cover of The Band’s 'The Shape I’m In'…and showing his immense talent on slide guitar as he ripped through an array of originals… boasting a powerful vocal prowess that rivals his abilities on guitar.”
- JamBase.com Jazz Fest review 5/9/23
“He’s certainly a bluesman, but one of the more eclectic ones around. And his latest shows how many ways there are to make a hip, modern blues record without relying on the obvious guitar-slinging thing.
The opener ‘Whatcha Gonna Do’ bears that out…It’s an unlikely mix but it works: The verses ask what life’s all about, and the Stone’s groove provides the answer.
The guest list here includes a few big local names, but he takes them slightly out of the comfort zone. Guitarist Leo Nocentelli guests on 'Digitized' but plays bluesy electric instead of Meters funk. Jazz singer Meschiya Lake appears on a Stax-style R&B duet, 'When We Were Cheating,' which isn’t your usual confession song. George Porter Jr. and his trio are on 'Love is Everything,' which has the slow-burn of a vintage Allman’s ballad. And 'The Truth' features most of the New Soul Finders—including the great singer Marilyn Barbarin,—and plugs them into a modern bit of funky gospel…These songs are worth the care they get.” - Brett Milano for OffBeat Magazine JazzFest Bible 2023
“A band leading tour de force in the Crescent City.” - Alexander Zaitchik for Ozy.com/Yahoo.com
“The highlight of the concert- which no one will deny - came clearly at the end of the evening with the Marc Stone Band. Funky, (and in part freaky), the steel guitar artist and his band from New Orleans created a party atmosphere and brought the audience to it's feet with dancing, shouting and crying.
With incredible ease and in splendid form, Stone played edgy blues well into the night.” - Appenzeller Zeitung (Switzerland)
"One guitar, one chair, this pro doesn't need more. From the first chord the crowd was rockin’.” - Kraichgau Stimme, (Germany)
"The only two things Marc Stone carries are his Galveston-Steel-Guitar and his extraordinary voice. Stone involves the audience not only with his voice and his songs but also by creating a very special atmosphere.”
- Füssener Blatt (Germany)
“Stripping his sound down to the basics—his voice, his guitar and his trusty slide…Stone presents the album as if you were hanging on his front porch with a bottle of whiskey by your side. Best known as a versatile guitarist and an erudite programmer on WWOZ, Stone is not as well known for his remarkably emotive singing voice. That should change with this record. From the opening cut…he fully inhabits every song.
When the album closes (after a heartfelt tribute to OffBeat writer John Swenson) with 'Digitized,' the listener has been through a journey into the soul of a stellar performer who has matured right before our eyes. - Jay Mazza for OffBeat Magazine Jazz Fest Bible 2019 Marc Stone - Live At Tipitina’s review
“Guitarist, singer, concert organizer, radio host (on the legendary station WWOZ), Marc Stone is a well-known activist in the New Orleans music scene. and not a week goes by without him performing somewhere in town. A regular visitor to Europe, in duo with the pianist Christof Waibel or with his group, he had until now never played in Paris.
A short break in his tour allowed him to make his Parisian debut at the very welcoming Holy Hoster, a rock bar located near Nation. The concert having been announced barely a week in advance, in the heart of summer, there was no crowd to applaud the artist, but that did not detract from the intensity of his performance. Alone on guitar – often on slide –, Marc Stone opens with the “Death Letter Blues” of Son House, then offers a varied program in which his own compositions alternate with a few well-chosen standards (Stagger Lee, played Mississippi John Hurt style).
Blues in the strict sense is obviously only part of his musical universe, which probably relates more to what we call Americana and could also interest fans of Roots rock. But it is difficult to resist his involvement: whether he plays his own music or that of others, Marc Stone does not pretend, and even the meager audience is not enough to discourage him! Let's hope that this quasi-clandestine passage is only a first step and that he will have the opportunity to tour regularly with us, for example with his group.”
- Frederic Adrian for Soul Bag Magazine (France) 9/17/16
“Marc Stone deftly mixes traditional blues, gospel, R&B and blues rock into a coherent musical continuum. He brings his abilities as an arranger and bandleader here and works hand in glove with producer Vasti Jackson.Stone is an excellent guitarist, especially on lap steel. He’s also an outstanding songwriter. These songs are presented in their very best light, and there is not a wasted note or throwaway idea on this riveting album from start to finish.”
- John Swenson review of Stone’s 2010 debut album “Trickeration and Rascality” for OffBeat Magazine