"Well...how did I get here...?" Stoni Taylor & Miles Of Stones have definitely taken the roads less travelled, and their music reflects that sense of itinerant longing.
Spearheaded by frontman and Atlanta native Stoni Taylor, he of the unmistakable voice and clever turn of phrase, and backed by comrades-in-arms Miles Of Stones (New Orleans-bred Edgar Clark Jr. on drums, Detroiter Tami Stanko on bass and Andrew Haddad of Atlanta on lead guitar), the group delivers seamless grooves and powerful musicianship. With Stoni throwing in bits of organ and rhythm guitar to round out the arrangements, the band somehow knows how to keep it loose while keeping it tight.
While it's fair to say that the band's influences are broad and deep, everything from traditional blues-Rock-Gospel to 70s singer-songwriters to roots to soul and back, they are able to elegantly combine and conquer, fusing disparate voices into something new, yet familiar and engaging.
Both self-assured and unassuming, Stoni and the group create a vibe where the audience feels as though they are sharing in some secret, ancient wisdom, all while having a damn good time! [+]