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R B Stone
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|Biography: RB STONE BIO
Born in Huntingburg, Indiana and named Roland Bennett Stone Jr. RB’s family moved to Ohio when he was 1. Both parents, huge music lovers are who he credits for his versatile musical upbringing. His father a Blues/ Boogie, Rock n Roller, loved music that made you move like, Little Richard, James Brown and Jerry Lee Lewis. His mother listened to Tennessee Ernie Ford, Janis Joplin, Herb Alpert, Johnny Cash, Sly and the Family Stone, Elvis and the variety of hits from the 60’s. The highpoint of his week was going to the record store to buy new 45’s with his allowance, and playing them until his mother made him go to bed.
At 12, his mother showed him some chords on the piano and Bill Withers’ hit “Lean On Me” was the first song he learned and the ball started rolling. He started making up Blues/Boogie songs over the next years. 18 and just out of High School, music was still a dream that seemed to belong to others, so he hired on with the Railroad traveling the Midwest with a 90 man rail gang 4 days a week living in 10 man camp cars. After 2 years with the Railroad he accepted an offer as an Assistant Manager at a Plumbing, Electric and Heating store in Ohio, 2 1/2 years later he had a house, 2 cars, 2 trucks, 2 motorcycles and was Managing his own store.
Restless at 23, he sold everything but a truck, some harps and a guitar and headed to Colorado to be a cowboy and play music. Enroute he met a horse trainer on an Indian Reservation in Ignacio CO. where he slept in a barn learning horses by day and teaching himself guitar at nite. A few months passed, he got good enough at both skills and started getting hired by local outfitters to pack their clients in the Mountains on Horseback and entertain the guests around the campfire at nite.
Since those early beginnings his life and career have taken many twists, turns, bumps and bruises accompanied by many accomplishments. Independent and flying under the radar he’s toured 32 countries, 5 continents to date. He has a song catalog at EMI with “Gwen Gordy of the Motown Dynasty.” He’s had principal roles in national commercials, has had national music videos of his own, has had songs recorded by “The Marshall Tucker Band”and others. He has a 14 pc Roots Music Production Show featuring his songs, a Billboard Magazine Songwriting award and the list goes on.
Blues and Root’s music has always been a part of his life from jamming on his mother’s piano, to writing and recording his first Blues song in 1985 which was “Fairweather Friends”, the song is on his 2011 acclaimed and charting “Lonesome Traveler’s Blues” album. He works closely with his Publicist Betsie Brown and has a core of Blues Radio DJ’s around the globe who have both inspired and supported him playing his songs. He’s been called a Country Bluesman and a Roots Rocker, he answers yes to both and is proud to be a part of the 2012 IBC.
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