· STONE MACHINE - American Honey (GYR099) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. AMERICAN HONEY
02. STONE COLD
03. ROCK N' ROLL QUEEN
04. LONG ROAD
05. BETTER DAYS
06. CORN BREAD
07. SHAKE THAT THANG
08. SPEED DEMON
09. MIDNIGHT GYPSY
10. BAD LOVIN'
11. MAY YOU RUN FOREVER
12. BYE BABY BYE


FORMAT: Audio CD / Digipack
GYR099 - $14.99

Way-kool 2nd studio disc by this bad-ass, killer riff-machine from West Virginia featuring the excellent musical talents of Dirk "Riff-Master" Blevins on guitar & Jason Mays on soul-powered vocals. Includes 12 tracks of mega-awesome, hard-hitting, no-frills, blues-based, classic, retro-70s heavy guitar rock mojo that will definitely kick your ass and rock your good jam:house into the next county. Highly recommended to fans of Bad Company, Free, Humble Pie, Led Zeppelin, Montrose, James Gang, Foreigner, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Badlands & Cry Of Love. Stone Machine is all about the rock and they deliver a real slice of pure, tasty, classic hard rock n' roll for your soul on the essential "American Honey" disc.


MP3 Sample Clips

01. AMERICAN HONEY
02. STONE COLD
03. ROCK N' ROLL QUEEN
04. LONG ROAD
05. BETTER DAYS
06. CORN BREAD
07. SHAKE THAT THANG
08. SPEED DEMON
09. MIDNIGHT GYPSY
10. BAD LOVIN'
11. MAY YOU RUN FOREVER
12. BYE BABY BYE

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· reviews ·

Coming at you like a rockin’ British blues super-group, Stone Machine walk right up, open the front door, and have your undivided attention for the next hour, laying out one blistering track after another, harking back to the days of Free, Hendrix, Humble Pie, and Bad Company. The band is made up of, Jason Mays on vocals, Dirk Blevins on guitars, Jamie Hall on bass and on drums, Jeremy Hall. Stone Machine’s sound is simple and lean. The songs have that explosive, sometimes funky, all the time soulful, southern feel to them. As is evident right off the cuff with the lead off track, “American Honey”, the swagger that this song is filled with is down- right nasty. While tracks like “Stone Cold”, “Rock N’ Roll Queen” bleed that, Free meets Bad Company vibe I mentioned. All 12 tracks offered up on this album are great and not a one filler among them. I know comparing Stone Machine to legendary bands like Free and Bad Co. is a tall order. But yes, this band is that good. Honestly, you are in for a treat like you haven’t heard since the 70′s, when weed had actual names, like Acapulco Gold, and Panama Red, where frisbees were sailing in the afternoon sun, and boom-box air guitars ruled the softball fields. Thank you Stone Machine your music has made my world a better place.

Tony Sison @ The Dedicated Rocker Society / All Access Magazine (May 2014)
 


Very little is known about this West Virginia outfit except for the fact that they play some pretty incredible blues-based hard rock. Joe Romagnola of Grooveyard Records first tipped us off to the band’s first studio effort, the self-titled Stone Machine a couple years ago. We were impressed with their “old school” soul-powered heavy rock riffage that fell right in line with Humble Pie, Free and the James Gang. Their sophomore disc American Honey follows suite with a striking 12 tracks that finds its home alongside the greats of ‘70s guitar-driven hard rock. Led by vocalist Jason Mays and guitarist Dirk Blevins with brothers Jamie (bass) and Jeremy Hall (drums) as the thunderous rhythm section they cook up a recipe that’s near perfect in tone, taste and chemistry. Right out of the chute comes the supercharged title track “American Honey” with a hook so memorable it captures the listener instantly. Belevin’s guitar struts with cock-sure attitude while Mays wraps his soulful voice around the microphone with charisma and seduction - all the while the Hall boys are heating it up in the engine room.

Last time we heard something this good it was watching a young Black Crowes or the first Cry of Love tour. If you weren’t buckled in after the first song, this train will leave you in the dust. “Stone Cold” is mind-blowing – swagger in spades with a hypnotic drum beat that will get your whole body shaking. The slide blues of “Speed Demon”, the staccato riffing of “Long Road” and groovey “Corn Bread” are miraculous in that they conjure up the ghosts of Duane Allman, Robert Johnson and Havey “The Snake” Mandel all rolled into one. If it’s straight ahead rock, look no further than the smoking “Bad Lovin”, the rolling “Better Days” or the ZZ Top-inspired “Shake That Thang” fueled only by guitar and harmonica. Sex and swagger was always the root of the electric blues and when “Rock ‘n’ Roll Queen” or “Midnight Gypsy” light up the amp it’s bump and grind time. A wicked lick over a dangerous curve with the devil’s back beat and …Lord have mercy!” Toward the end of the disc the group ease up on the beautifully crafted “May You Run Forever” and the picking “Bye Baby Bye” that leads out into a scorching 12-bar romp.

Todd K. Smith (Cutting Edge Rocks) (November 2012)
 


"American Honey," the 2nd disc by "Stone Machine," boldly proves that this is not a one CD band. In fact, this disc outdoes their initial offering -- and that is not easy to do, since their first disc was a rock-n-blues masterpiece! And just like that predecessor CD, this one is complete with excellent guitar and powerful vocals. Without doubt, this is a band that takes its music seriously, with chops and emotion oozing out of every track. Alternately heavy and sometimes soft and gentle, their sound is as good as their honey -- in America and everywhere else. Bet on it.

Steven J. Rosen (Author) (September 2012)
 


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