Jewel Stone Prophets is a collaboration by long lost cousins Gary Hooker and Howlin Buzz. Separated for over 30 years, the South Florida natives have united to record their debut EP. Hooker is a Nashville guitarist and currently a longstanding member of the Drama KIngs, Brad Paisleys band. Buzz is active in the Tampa blues scene,singing and playing harmonica.
The idea to do a project started not long after Hooker heard a live CD that Buzz had recorded. Impressed with his cousins authentic blues delivery, he was inspired to start writing with co-writer James Stevenson " swampy, southern, gritty" material that he wanted to record featuring Buzz. Sessions started in Nashville shortly thereafter.
Eventually it evolved into calling the project Jewel Stone Prophets in honor of Buzz and Hookers grandmother, whose maiden name was Jewel Stone.
Howlin Buzz: lead vocals,harmonica
Gary Hooker: electric,acoustic,resonator,baritone guitars,background vocals ,lead vocal track 7
Cape Alan Hall,Chris Condon:additional electric guitars
Charlie Gonzalez,CJ Kowall,Alana Rocklin:bass
Ben Sesar,Paul Snyder,Herb Shucher,Hubert Payne :drums
Paul Snyder:percussion,marching bass drum,washboard
Reese Wynans: Hammond B-3 and piano
Michael Saint-Leon: jaw harp
Patrick Clark: fiddle and mandolin
Barbra Thompson,Vickie Carrico:background vocals
Produced by Gary Hooker
Recorded and Mastered by Michael Saint-Leon at Switchyard Studios,Nashville Tn