|Mike Stockton & The Rhythmators||
They're here --- finally. The long-awaited follow-up to It's My Soul,
the first release from Mike Stockton and The Rhythmators, is back from
pressing and ready for release. Love Jones, featuring eleven new
Mike Stockton originals and two outstanding covers, was produced by studio
legend Steve Mendell, and again recorded at Diamond D Studio in Granbury, Texas.
Don't look for any "side-b" or "throwaway" songs on this disc; each and every one is solid, stands on its own, and reflects the depth of songwriting from Stockton. There's something for just about everyone on Love Jones, from funky, beat-driven movers like Stood Up and Ft. Worth, Mexico, soulful ballads like Wait Forever and Say Goodbye, to Someday Soon -- a gospel number that somehow causes involuntary "Amen's" and other such utterances from awed listeners. Even a little bossa-influenced groove in I Gotta Know for those who crave something out-of-the-ordinary.
The songs feature essentially the same band as on the first release: Mike Stockton on bass, Brent Seaman on guitar, Robert Cadwallader on keys and the rich, weathered voice of Randy Ray Pope. Kevin Schermerhorn lays the beat down this time on drums, and some very special guests lend a hand in making this what producer Mendell says is "one of the 5 best records I've ever done."
Dee Purkeypile, from Austin, brings his superb Hammond C-3 and Leslie to several of the tunes, giving them that "authentic" flavor that even today's best keyboard technology can't quite match. Pete Falcone brings his San Francisco Bay Area style to the band. Take This Love is kicked off by the sweet sounds of Austin-based Ponty Bone's accordion, and the result is simply beyond description. Mark Capps, also from Austin, helps fill up the sound with his trademark backing vocals. Again featured on this album, as on It's My Soul, are the outstanding brass arrangements of Grammy and Handy award-winners Bill 'foots' Samuel and Steve Howard, both from Ft. Worth.
The band began recording the material in January and continued to work on the project while carrying on its hectic touring schedule. Following a two-week west coast outing and 18 months after the release of its first CD, the band decided to regroup in April and dedicate itself to finishing the recording, something both Stockton and producer Mendell say is "one of the finest things we've ever done," high praise indeed from two whose resumes read like a Who's Who in the field, with their work being lended to everyone from James Brown and Stevie Wonder to Stevie Ray Vaughn and Gregg Allman. "This music is new, but classic, fresh and yet familiar... it will definitely stand the test of time," says Mendell. "This is the genuine article... not the mall-variety blues so many artists are churning out these days."
To say this recording is something special is an understatement -- you'll just have to experience it for yourself to understand.
Mike StocktonKnown for more than 20 years as a top sideman on the Blues circuit and hailed by Rolling Stone as one of the "most solid New Orleans-style bassists around", Mike Stockton has come forward with a sound all his own that could redefine Texas blues. A tasty blend of R&B, blue - eyed soul, raw blues and roadhouse rock’n roll emerges from this slow-smoked, long overdue offering of original material from this seasoned veteran.
Stockton’s many live, studio and television performances include Saturday Night Live and Austin City Limits during his many years with Delbert McClinton and Greg Allman, along with Jimmy Page, Katy Webster (Otis Redding’s pianist), Clarence Bon Ton Garlow, ZZ Hill, Mason Ruffner, Doyle Bramhall, and many others.
Not content to rest on his laurels, Stockton continues to write new music and improving on what has been called "easily one of the best bands to come from Texas in a long, long time." The Rhythmators perform more than 100 dates a year in clubs, venues, festivals and stages throughout North America.
Diamond D Records
113 N. Cleburne
Granbury, TX 76048
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