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God, Guns & Money

by Brian Stoltz

Brian Stoltz has a stellar career that includes solo CD's and recording with Bob Dylan. With God, Guns & Money, this singer/songwriter/guitarist brings a musical Hunter Thompson-esque voice to the uncertain times that we live in.
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1. God, Guns & Money pt 1 (radio edit)
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2. War Song
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3. What Is Real?
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4. Opposite Sides Of The War
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5. The Greatest Armed Robbery In History
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6. Still Some Sense Left In The World
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7. Downtown
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8. Chicken Hawk
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9. This Christmas
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10. God, Guns & Money pt 2
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Things are looking up in Brian Stoltz' world lately. In volume one of Bob Dylan's new autobiography Chronicles, Dylan comments on the recording of his 1989 release "Oh Mercy", which has been praised as his best recording since "Blood On The Tracks", writing:

The other guitar player, Brian Stoltz, from Slidell, also played in a funky and blistering way, but he was more laid back and he had articulate schemes - been playing with the Nevilles for years. Brian's licks were thought out like piano patterns. He could play James Booker piano licks on the guitar. - Bob Dylan

There's something magical about this record, though, and you might say that it was the house or the parlor room or something, but there wasn't any magic in the house. It's what Lanois and me and Willie Green and Daryl and Brian Stoltz brought to the place that made it what it was.
- Bob Dylan

Receiving strong support and credibility from the master himself...and with the success of his 2003 release East Of Rampart Street and a Grammy nomination that year in the Best Traditional Blues catagory,Stoltz now brings us the CD, God, Guns & Money. The singer/songwriter/guitarist brings to these uncertain times, a courageous voice that, in the tradition of Hunter S. Thompson, explores with a wicked sense of humor, the current rise in status of charlatans, thugs, thieves and war profiteers. Hypocrites beware!

The following is a gracious correspondance from Alex Rawls, music editor of Gambit Weekly, New Orleans to Brian after his initial listen of God, Guns & Money:
It's a strange time when you realize that speaking your mind against a ridiculous, optional war that is getting American kids killed (not to mention a whole lot of Iraqi men, women and children, many of whom aren't combatants) could be construed as controversial. These are times that beg for a Hunter Thompson-esque voice to expose the truly dark heart of a military action that, if undertaken by a non-Christian from a non-Christian country, would be called a holy war by religious fundamentalists.

In addition to working with Dylan, Stoltz' stellar career includes recording and/or touring with Edie Brickell, the Neville Bros., Dr. John and a list to long to name. While touring and recording for 10 years with the world renowned Neville Bros., Stoltz has created fluid and coherent bodies of work on his own. In addition to his solo career, his skills as a songwriter has caught the attention of artist like Aaron Neville, the Neville Brothers, blues artist Coco Montoya, zydeco artist Zachary Richard and film director John Sayles.

Never one to slow down, Stoltz also shares his time as partner with the touring/recording act Porter-Batiste-Stoltz.

In television appearances including The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, Austin City Limits, concerts with the Grateful Dead, Santana and Amnesty International, Stoltz has drawn critical acclaim. He has received awards from CMJ (College Music Journal) New Music Corporation for Lifetime Achievement. His co-written Healing Chant, performed by the Neville Brothers, won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental in 1991. Stoltz has been nominated for a 2003 Grammy in the "Best Traditional Blues" category for his contribution of "You Gotta Move" on the 2002 release Preachin' The Blues: The Music Of Mississippi Fred McDowell. He has performed on numerous music videos and his work has been called the highlight of film soundtracks such as John Sayles' City Of Hope and The Mighty Quinn.

With the release of God, Guns & Money, Stoltz now ads to his rack of many hats, that of social commentator and war critic. At a time when civil rights are threatened and our own government is taking active steps to dismantle the Constitution, Stoltz speaks out for justice, for what is right and ultimately for the truth!



Discography:

Brian Stoltz - "Up All Night" Live-Long Overdue Recordings)2007(www.brianstoltz.com)
Brian Stoltz - "God, Guns & Money"(Long Overdue Recordings)2005(www.brianstoltz.com)
Brian Stoltz - "East of Rampart Street" (Long Overdue Recordings)2003(www.brianstoltz.com)
Porter-Batiste-Stoltz - Expanding The Funkin' Universe (Ouw Records)2005
Funky Meters - "Fiyo At The Fillmore" Vol. 1 (funkymeter records) 2001
Bob Dylan - "Tell Tale Signs"-Bootleg Series Vol. 8
Bob Dylan - "Oh Mercy" - Columbia CK 45281
Bob Dylan - "The Essential Bob Dylan (Sony/Columbia)
Bob Dylan - "The Very Best of Bob Dylan" (Sony/Columbia)
Bob Dylan - Limited edition Hybrid SACD Set (Sony) 2003
Edie Brickell - "Picture Perfect Morning" (Geffen Records) GEFD - 24715
Edie Brickell - Ultimate Collection (Hip-O Records) 2002
Aaron Neville - Love Songs (Interscope Records) 2003
Aaron Neville - Ultimate Collection (Hip-O Records) 2001
Aaron Neville - The Very Best Of Aaron Neville (Interscope Records) 2000
Aaron Neville - "Warm Your Heart" (A&M) 75012 53542
Aaron Neville - Louisiana (maxi-single) A&M INT:390 841-2/UK:AMCD 841
Aaron Neville - Orchid In The Storm (re-rel. Sin-drome Records) 2003
Tab Benoit - "The Sea Saint Sessions" (Telarc Blues) CD-83573
Tab Benoit - "Wetlands" (Telarc Blues) CD-83530
Linda Ronstadt - "We Ran" (Elektra/Asylum)
Linda Ronstadt - "Box Set" (Elektra/Asylum)
The Neville Brothers - "Nevillization" (Demon) CD31
The Neville Brothers - "Uptown" (EMI-America) CDP1-46754-2
The Neville Brothers - "Yellow Moon" (A&M) 5240 (received Gold record for U.S., England and France)
The Neville Brothers - "Treacherous" (Rhino) R270776
The Neville Brothers - "Live" (A&M) PCCY 10237
The Neville Brothers - "Brothers Keeper" (A&M) 7501253122
The Neville Brothers - Fearless (remix) A&M 75021 7425 2
The Neville Brothers - Fearless (maxi-single import) A&M PCCY-10167
The Neville Brothers - River Of Life A&M 75021 7402 2
The Neville Brothers - Sister Rosa (remix) A&M SP-12306
The Neville Brothers - With God On Our Side (maxi-single) A&M AMY 545
The Neville Brothers - Whatever It Takes (Etouffe' Dance Mix & Bisque Mix Edit) A&M V-19237
The Neville Brothers - Uptown Rulin':The Best Of the Neville Brothers (Interscope) 1999
Dr. John - "A Tribute to Doc Pomus" (Rhino) R271878
Dr. John - "Put On Your Green Shoes" (sony) LK53736
Dr. John - "Strike A Deep Chord" Blues Guitar for the Homeless (Justice records) JR0003-2
Funkymeters - "Get You a Healin" (Indy)
Zachary Richard - "Silver Jubilee: Best Of Zachary Richard" (A&M)
Zachary Richard - "Women in the Room" (A&M) 15021 53022
Zachary Richard - "Snake Bite love" (A&M) 7501255872
Zachary Richard - "Pave the Earth" (A&M) CD18047
Rockin' Jake - "Badmouth" (Zuluzu records)
Rockin' Jake - "Full Time Work" (Zuluzu records)
Eddy Louiss - "Louissiana" (Initial records) IN10951101
One Like Son - "Goodbye" (Body Thief Records)
Jimmy Buffett - "Boats, Beaches, Bars and Ballads" (MCA)
Soundtrack - The Might Quinn (A&M)CD3924
Anders Osborne & Big Chief Monk Boudreaux - Bury the Hatchet Shanachie 5747
Pulsation of the Maha Kumbha Mela (Himalayan Institute Press) 2001- 108 Saints and Seekers chant with Pandit Rajmani Tigunait,PH.D.(www.himalayaninstitute.org)
Various Artists - "Blues on Blonde on Blonde" - (Telarc CD-83567)
Various Artists - "Exile on Blues Street" - (Telarc CD-83571)
Various Artists - A Salute To The Delta Blues Masters Box Set (Telarc) 2002
Various Artists - Big Blues Extravaganza: The Best Of Austin City Limits (Sony) 1998
Various Artists - New Orleans Gospel Tent (La. Red Hot) 2002
Various Artists - Mardi Gras Party - (Rhino) 1999

Film:
"Yellow moon" appears in "The Mighty Quinn" Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, a film by Carl Schenkel
"Fearless" appears in"City Of Hope", a film by JOHN SAYLES

Videography/DVD
The Neville Brothers - "Whatever It Takes"
The Neville Brothers - "Forever For Tonight"
The Neville Brothers - "Midnight Key"
The Neville Brothers - "Sister Rosa"
Linda Ronstadt - "When Something Is Wrong With My Baby"
Dr.John - "Going Back To New Orleans"

Brian's songs appear on:
Funkymeters - "Fiyo At The Fillmore" Vol. 1 (funkymeter records) 2001
Tab Benoit - The Sea Saint Sessions (Telarc) CD83573 (2003)
Zachary Richard - "Snake Bite love" (A&M) 7501255872
Zachary Richard - "Silver Jubilee: Best Of Zachary Richard" (A&M)
The Neville Brothers - "Brothers Keeper" (A&M) 7501253122
The Neville Brothers - "Yellow Moon" (A&M) 5240 (received Gold record for U.S., England and France)
The Neville Brothers - "Uptown" (EMI-America) CDP1-46754-2
The Neville Brothers - "Treacherous" Vol. 2 The History Of the Neville Bros. (Rhino) R270776
Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias -"World Wide Hoodoo"
Tommy Lepson & the Lazy Boys - "Live and Dirty"
Coco Montoya - "Ya Think I'd Know Better"
Brian Stoltz - East Of Rampart Street Long Overdue Recordings LOR0001
Brian Stoltz - God, Guns & Money (Long Overdue Recordings) LOR0002
The Neville Brothers - Fearless (remix) A&M 75021 7425 2
The Neville Brothers - Fearless (maxi-single import) A&M PCCY-10167
The Neville Brothers - River Of Life A&M 75021 7402 2
The Neville Brothers - Live On Planet Earth (A&M) 1994
The Neville Brothers - Uptown Rulin':The Best Of the Neville Brothers (Interscope) 1999
Rockin' Jake- Full-time Work Zuluzu records ZLZ-072
A Celebration of the Blues: the Great singers, Vol 2 (Celebration of Blues) 1997
Various Artist - Mardy Gras Party - (Rhino) 1999

Brian has produced:

Brian Stoltz - God, Guns & Money (Long Overdue Recordings)2005 LOR0002
Brian Stoltz - East Of Rampart Street (Long Overdue Recordings)2005 LOR0001
Porter-Batiste-Stoltz - Expanding The Funkin' Universe (Ouw Records)2005
Rockin' Jake - Full-time Work Zuluzu records ZLZ-072


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Frank Fairbanks, Louisiana Local

God, Guns & Money is a politically charged statement, and highly relevant in tod
Louisiana Local
April 2005

Brian Stoltz
God, Guns & Money

The other CD reviewed is by Slidellian Brian Stoltz, who played guitar with the Neville Brothers during the eighties, then went on to tour and / or record with Bob Dylan, Linda Ronsdadt, Paul Simon, Dr. John, Jimmy Buffett and others. Lately he has joined the Funky Meters while also pursuing solo projects. This is the second CD of Brian’s to come out of Suitemix studio, the first being “East OF Rampart Street”. Brian Stoltz’s guitar playing brings to mind the word “journeyman”, to borrow a term from Eric Clapton. He is a consummate player technically while at the same time playing directly from the soul. Stoltz is a master of the blues and rock genre while keeping strong the ever-present funk flavor that he helped pioneer with the Neville Brothers. The songs on the CD are true to this style: Stoltz’s rock & blues guitar work over highly funky rhythm grooves, with the support of some of the best players around (including drummer Harold Bosarge, pedal steel player Dave Easley and vocalist Irene Sage and Greg Barnhill.

God, Guns & Money is a politically charged statement, and highly relevant in today’s world of terrorist and governments and so many who evokes the name of God or another while committing various atrocities. The recent election which highlighted the painfully divided psyche of our country is over. But all the old problems remain. The war continues with no end in site, as Islamist extremists continue to recruit young men willing to sacrifice themselves in a jihad, and the U.S. government builds permanent military bases in Iraq, with no apparent plan for a pullout. We live our routine day to day life, and whether we acknowledge it or not, these world issues continue to be crucial to our planet’s safety (we only have one guys). It seems rare to find someone who will deal with the issues that so many people today would rather not talk about.

Most of the songs on the CD are concerned with the war in Iraq and it’s initiators. In the second track, “War Song”, Stoltz reveals his involvement with war issues: While he is staunchly anti-war, he has a brother in Texas who is retired military and pro-Bush, and another brother who is currently fighting in Iraq. The family worries about the son and prays for his safe return: “I’m so angry I’m pissin’ fire, daddy cries his self to sleep, mama just stays kinda quiet, grandma says, pray the lord his soul will keep”. The song explores the emotions between family members and the conflict of brotherly love and differing world views.
Stoltz makes no bones about his political beliefs, no, this guy is not one to sit on a fence. Check out these lyrics from “the Greatest Armed Robbery In History”: “stuck in this desert land, my lonely heart hurtin’. Slowly realize I’m here protecting Halliburton” and…”privatize the system, let’s go rob the bank, mission accomplished boys, lets give thanks”.
From the song “Chicken Hawk”, which could be applied to a great many of the powers that be, in Washington and elsewhere…”chicken hawk, chicken hawk how can it be, that you avoid the war then try to send me. You, your sons and daughters, your lives have been spared. Chicken Hawk I’ve got a little brother over there”.
Well, if the shoe fits…
Brian clearly has the courage to say what he believes in, and what is clearly important to him. Whether you agree with his views or not, you have to respect this. His music is great to listen to and his words come from the heart. – Frank Fairbanks, Louisiana Local

Brett Milano, Gambit Weekly, New Orleans, La

Who’d have ever thought that the first great Iraq protest album would come from
Gambit Weekly CD review
Vol 26 | NO 16 | Apr 19, 2005

God, Guns & Money
Brian Stoltz
(Long Overdue Recordings)

Who’d have ever thought that the first great Iraq protest album would come from the funky Meters’ guitarist? Having a brother wounded* in the war has politicized Brian Stoltz enough to write a full disc’s worth of scathingly topical songs. That doesn’t make it a one-note album: Some tracks are satirical, some poignant and some just plain pissed off, but Stoltz never loses sight of his main point: Somebody’s getting a big benefit from this war, and it isn’t you, me or the Iraqis.
To suit the subject matter, the sound veers a long way from funky Meters territory. The funk is more somber and the blues blaze with anger. Fans of Stoltz’s guitar playing shouldn’t feel shortchanged, as “War Song” and “Opposite Sides Of The War” feature plenty of his trademark wailing slide. The title track features a rare shot of Meters rhythm.
More often, the guitar lays back to illuminate the lyrics. It shadows his voice on the disc’s chilling centerpiece, “Chicken Hawk”, which recounts his brother’s return and spews venom at those responsible. At first, it’s a mild shock to hear someone other than Steve Earle be this outspoken on a CD, but that’s a sad reminder of how long it’s been since musicians were expected to do that. – Brett Milano, Gambit Weekly, New Orleans, La

* Brian’s brother was in fact not wounded in the war. A line from the song was possibly taken out of context. A correction appeared the following week.

Keith Spera, Music writer, Times Picayune New Orleans, La

Stoltz channels Steve Earle and Warren Zevon,
JAZZFEST JUKEBOX
Saturday, April 23, 2005
By Keith Spera
Music writer

Brian Stoltz
God, Guns & Money
Long Overdue Recordings

As the longtime guitarist in the Funky Meters, Brian Stoltz has contributed to countless good-time grooves. But the deployment of his brother to Iraq didn't leave him in a Mardi Gras mood. On his new "God, Guns & Money," Stoltz channels Steve Earle and Warren Zevon, brokering his anger, frustration and misgivings about the conflict into his best solo album to date. The slide guitar boogie of "War Song" would work just fine with trite lyrics about roadhouses, booze or busted romance. Instead, Stoltz muses, "Deep emotion touched my family, when my brother left for the war/I prayed I'd never have to fight a day in my life, still took a wound to the heart." Smart arrangements and crisp production abounds, from the atmospheric musings of "Chicken Hawk" to the mid-tempo acoustic pop of "This Christmas." The instrumentation, much of it provided by Stoltz himself, leaves ample room for the words to resonate. But his killer riffs makes them go down easy.