Paul Gabriel
July 27, 2018 by ryontz in Shining Stone 0 Comments

Shining Stone artist Paul Gabriel is an Electric Blues guitarist, Singer/Songwriter and a recording session musician. His professional career began in 1969 and has spanned forty four years as a working artist. Early in his career Paul Gabriel appeared on three albums by singer-songwriter Harry Chapin, played slide guitar on Rory Block’s Grammy nominated “Mama’s Blues”, toured with Michael Bolotin (a.k.a. Michael Bolton) and eventually formed a number of his own groups; most notably The Paul Gabriel Band and Blue In The Face.Blue In The Face recorded three highly acclaimed albums, the first receiving a four star review from DOWNBEAT Magazine. Prior to the formation of Blue In The Face, Paul was starting to incorporate some of the influences he had obtained from listening to Duke Robillard, a major influence on him, along with T-Bone Walker and Mike Bloomfield, since the mid to late sixties. In 2001 Paul Gabriel released his first solo album entitled FATE. This album is a transition recording in the sense that it is the first release featuring Paul Gabriel as a vocalist. In September of 2006 Paul Gabriel and his Blues Band was formed further transforming Paul into a complete artist. In 2007 Smoke Ring […]

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Nuno Mindelis
July 27, 2018 by ryontz in Shining Stone 0 Comments

Critically acclaimed Brazilian Bluesman Born in Angola in 1957, Nuno Mindelis was building and playing guitars by the time he was nine years old. Nuno’s family lost everything in the Angolan Civil War, and he was forced to flee his home at age 17. After a year of separation, he was reunited with his family in Brazil and continued to pursue his music. Nuno’s early work, including the albums Blues & Derivados, and Long Distance Blues, received very positive reviews in Brazilian National media. “Guitar Player Magazine” profiled Nuno in an issue, with editor Jas Obrecht comparing Nuno to Jimmy Page (“think Jimmy Page ‘I Can’t Quit You Baby'”). Further recognition came in the 30th Anniversary Guitar Player Magazine Competition, where Nuno was named “Best Blues Guitarist”. Nuno subsequently recorded “Texas Bound”, featuring Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton, Stevie Ray Vaughan’s famed rhythm section, “Double Trouble.” “Texas Bound” came to be the top seller in Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg) and brought worldwide recognition. Nuno followed with another album featuring Double Trouble, entitled “Blues on the Outside.” After his first appearance at the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2001, Nuno was named by critics as the “best blues guitar” player […]

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David Maxwell
July 27, 2018 by ryontz in Shining Stone 0 Comments

Shining Stone Records is proud to have released the final CD by Grammy Award winning Blues pianist David Maxwell, entitled “Blues In Other Colors.” For the 13 all-instrumental tracks on “Blues in Other Colors”, David Maxwell blends traditional keyboards, guitars, bass and drums along with exotic instruments from India, West Africa, Morocco and Turkey for a delicious palette of sounds that transcend the traditional boundaries of the blues. David’s Blues credentials are legendary: “I don’t think anybody could be tighter playing the blues on the piano than David Maxwell. He plays the blues like it should be played. He plays the low-down, dirty, funky blues. He’s got it all together,” said John Lee Hooker. “Dave has always been one of the most amazing piano players I’ve ever heard,” remarked Bonnie Raitt about his playing. “David Maxwell plays with fire and soul. He keeps the spirit of Otis Spann alive,” said James Cotton on their work together. David came to Shining Stone Records on the heels of his Blues Music Award winning release in 2012 for “Acoustic Album of the Year,” entitled “Conversations in Blue,” which paired him with the great Otis Spann. He won that same award in 2010 for […]

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Anthony Geraci
July 27, 2018 by ryontz in Shining Stone 0 Comments

Why Did You Have To Go is the critically acclaimed album by Blues pianist Anthony Geraci, on Shining Stone Records. This electrifying performance of Anthony’s thirteen original compositions features an extraordinary array of musicians: Sugaray Rayford, Ronnie Earl, Sugar Ray Norcia, Monster Mike Welch, Jimi Bott, Michael “Mudcat” Ward, Kid Ramos, Michelle Evil Gal Willson, Sax Gordon, Willie Laws, Dennis Brennan, Marty Richards, Doug Woolverton, Willie J. Campbell, Troy Gonyea, Willie J. Laws, Troy Gonyea, Brian Templeton and Neil Gouvin. “This is pure blues, rendered by the many of its best players, It’s every bit as good as Fifty Shades of Blue. That’s saying plenty. This is as good as the blues gets.” -Elmore Magazine “..every song makes an emphatic impression courtesy of a superb group of studio musicians who adeptly punctuate every note and nuance of Geraci’s original tunes…”Why Did You Have to Go” is more than the sum of it’s parts. A superb set of songs. each number offers ample reason to return for repeat listens.” – Living Blues “The musicianship is top shelf and the songs are engaging- “Why Did You Have To Go” is one of the most enjoyable albums of the year in ANY genre.” […]

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Sunny Crownover
July 11, 2018 by ryontz in Shining Stone 1 Comment

“Right Here, Right Now” “Right Here Right Now, is the debut Shining Stone Records CD from Massachusetts-based blues singer Sunny Crownover. Produced by Duke Robillard, “Right Here, Right Now” showcases Crownover’s stunning voice backed by an all-star cast of musicians, including Duke Robillard on guitar, Bruce Bears on keyboards, Brad Hallen on bass, Mark Teixeira on drums, with a horn section that includes Doug James on sax. Multiple Blues Music Award nominee Sugar Ray Norcia also guests on harmonica. Those who first heard Sunny Crownover in her earlier collaborations with Duke Robillard, such as her “Introducing Sunny and Her Joy Boys” CD in 2009 or Duke’s “Stomp! The Blues Tonight” and “Tales from the Tiki Lounge” albums, which were exercises in mostly vintage jazz and blues, and classic pop, her vocals on “Right Here, Right Now” will be a revelation. From the opening track, “Oh Yes I Will,” Sunny is right in the pocket, her vocals dripping with blues and soul on a song that could have come from the classic Stax era in Memphis, with Duke even channeling the great Steve Cropper on some funky guitar grooves. “This CD was over a year in the making,” recalls Sunny Crownover […]

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