· STONE MACHINE - ROCK AIN'T DEAD (GYR123) ·

::T R A C K S::

01. ROCK N’ ROLL STAR
02. SOUTHERN OUTLAW
03. GOT IT BAD
04. SAD TO SAY
05. MR. BLUES
06. SKY’S GONNA CRY
07. ROCK AIN’T DEAD
08. SUGAR MAMA
09. LADY LUCK
10. BLACK MOON CREEPIN’
11. ANGELS AND DEVILS


FORMAT: Audio CD / Wallet
GYR123 - $14.99

Killer 3rd studio disc by this excellent, blues-based, hard rock band from West Virginia featuring 11 tracks of awesome, dynamic, retro 70s, Southern-inspired guitar rock mojo that lands down hard on solid ground. Stone Machine features the incredible Jason Mays on vocals & Dirk "Riffmaster" Blevins on guitar. Both of these good musical brothers bring & deliver a righteous set of kick-ass, vintage Rock n' Roll on the essential "Rock Ain't Dead" disc. An authentic, old-school, powerful slice of way-kool, Classic Rock music that is Highly recommended to fans of Bad Company, Free, Humble Pie, Cactus, Led Zeppelin, Montrose, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Foghat, James Gang, Foreigner, Whitesnake, Badlands & Cry Of Love. Real Rock Ain't Dead, people...it Lives and Breathes Sonic Fire in the form of the Grooveyard Records-approved, bad-ass, retro-fied Stone Machine riff:rockers.


MP3 Sample Clips

01. ROCK N’ ROLL STAR
02. SOUTHERN OUTLAW
03. GOT IT BAD
04. SAD TO SAY
05. MR. BLUES
06. SKY’S GONNA CRY
07. ROCK AIN’T DEAD
08. SUGAR MAMA
09. LADY LUCK
10. BLACK MOON CREEPIN’
11. ANGELS AND DEVILS

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· reviews ·

Imagine the Paul Rodger’s bands Free and Bad Company merged with the Southern Rock of Lynyrd Skynyrd and then finally mix in a little bit of ZZ Top and now you have pretty much nailed down what Stone Machine serves up on their third release – Rock Ain’t Dead.

This album is full of direct to the heart guitar riffs led by Dirk Blevins, a heavy rhythmic bottom end that is held down by Jamie Hall (Bass) and Jeremy Hall (Drums), and soaring Paul Rodgers styled vocals by Jason Mays. This is classic in your face ’70s and ’80s rock with songs like “Sad To Say,” “Rock and Roll Star,” and the title track “Rock Ain’t Dead.”

No album of classic southern rock is complete without evident influences of the blues. “Lady Luck” is a slow bluesy track. “Mr. Blues” starts with an acoustic riff that pops up through the song while we listen to the lament of how Mr. Blues is such a well-known figure in the life of the singer. “Black Moon Creepin’” is another slower blues towards the end of the album that really allows the guitars to shine in extended jaunts between the refrains. The album closes out with the excellent “Angels and Devils” that could very easily have been mistaken for an outtake from The Black Crowes early work.

Stone Machine delivers a modern take on a memorable sound and Rock Ain’t Dead will have you waxing nostalgic about how great these jams are as if they were classics of the eras from which they are clearly influenced.

The Review: 8/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

- Sad to Say
- Rock and Roll Star
- Mr. Blues
- Angels and Devils

The Big Hit

- Angels and Devils

Kevin O’Rourke / Blues Rock Review (July 2014)
 


Rock sure ain’t dead, and Stone Machine prove it again, for the third time! This band sure has kept the same driving energy and punch-in-your-face classic hard rock attitude ever since the first riff on the debut. Think classic Bad Company meets the debut Cry Of Love album. A match made in classic rawk heaven! Singer Jason Mays has a great bluesy vibe and feel, and I truly love his slightly raspy voice. Guitarist/basist/keyboardist and songwriter Dirk Blevins plays some mean catchy riffs and he’s got a really groovy rhythm style going on as well. The groovy rocker Got It Bad sounds like if AC/DC and Aerosmith had a baby back in the mid-seventies. I really love the old school, Joe Perry:ish guitar sound. There’s a nice touch of good old southern rock á la Lynyrd Skynyrd in tracks like Sad To Say and the band’s own Freebird: Mr. Blues, appropriately dedicated to the late Ronnie Van Zant. A band ain’t better than its weakest link. I’ll be damned if I can find one here though. It sure ain’t drummer Jeremy Hall, who’s really good a great groove and drives the whole package in the best possible way. The title track sure has a groove as big as they come! It’s impossible to sit still to this one I assure you! Sugar Mama shows some killer Led Zep vibes and the legacy of Bonham is definitely hovering over this one! Man, I’d LOVE to see this band live! If they sound this loose and lethal on record I can’t imagine what they will deliver on stage, but I’d sure like to know! Fans of southern style bluesy hard rock and bands like Cry Of Love, Electric Mary, Bad Company, King Kharma, Rufus Huff etc this one’s for you! While you’re at it – get all three!

Janne Stark / Stark Music Reviews (May 2014)
 


Stone Machine return with their third release, 'Rock Ain't Dead'. Jason Mays on vocals , Dirk Blevins on lead guitar, Matt Parkins on guitar, John Hall on bass and backing vocals and Jeremy Hall on drums. The band's new album is a excellent example of pure heartfelt unadulterated quality classic rock for the 21st Century. For it's style the musicmanship and singing is top notch although some songs are stronger than others overall I think it's great. Dirk Blevins in my view would be one of the most overlooked guitarists in America. Jason Mays' vocals are once again soulful and powerful and the rhythm section of John Hall and Jeremy Hall are tight as a glove. Kudos go out to Matt Parkinson on a solid job with his trusted six string. But its Dirk Blevins' guitar that once again is the driving force behind the songwriting and music. His guitar work is as innovative as the song content for the band. When listening to these albums one can almost see Dirk Bevins sitting in his basement with a collection of Free, Stones, and maybe Mountain records, Les Paul in hand, picking up the needle again and again to try and learn that essential lick. The guitar playing alone makes, 'Rock Ain't Dead' worth owning. The songs on 'Rock Ain't Dead' have that explosive, sometimes funky, all the time soulful, southern feel to them. As the band serve up songs like "Rock 'N' Roll Star", the down a dirty bluesy swagger of , "Southern Outlaw" to all out rockers like "Sad To Say", the title track, and "Sky Is Gonna Cry" that has that ZZ Top meets Whitesnake vibe to it. Stone Machine sound great even when they down shift as they prove on "Mr. Blues", a track that I'm sure fans of Paul Rodgers are going to love. Then there is "Lady Luck" a slow bluesy number that goes down smooth like a shot of your favorite whiskey. My advice, listen to this album with headphones and you'll hear just how good these guys are and how their music comes from their hearts and souls. Thank you Stone Machine your music makes my world a better place. Highly Recommended.

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



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