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Stone Cricket

by Stone Cricket

Earthy and heartfelt rock that runs the gamut through many American musical styles.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. The Well
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2. I've Let You Go
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3. Pennies in the Wind
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4. The Winding Road
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5. Back It On Up
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6. Recession Blues
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7. 2204 West Ash
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8. I'll Keep On Waiting
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9. Break Me Down
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10. Take It Slow
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11. No More Mirkin
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Stone Cricket was formed in 2009 by guitarist and songwriter Ryan Fourt, and includes Kelsey Shiba (vocals and piano), Matt Smiley (bass), and Ben Waters (drums). Ryan, known more as a first-call jazz guitarist in the Denver music scene, began his pop and rock songwriting journey in 2006 and has since written a full slate of music for the band. Each member of Stone Cricket plays an important role in the overall sound of the group - vocalist Kelsey Shiba acts as the band's voice and front-man with her vibrant interpretations of Fourt's melodies and lyrics. The band draws on a variety of influences but the element of modern jazz is sprinkled in with almost everything the group plays. Each member is an accomplished jazz musician in their own right and brought those sensibilities to the table when Stone Cricket recorded their debut album, this after a year long stint playing at a local Colorado pub where the band developed the material and became tighter as a group on and off the bandstand. Here's a quote from Ryan about the music: "We think there will be something on this album for everyone, a song or songs that the listener can really connect with. We try to tell stories and express universal kinds of feeling in our songs, all the while making the music underneath that have some energy and sophistication. We’re so excited to have been able to bring this project to life and now we want to share this music with as many people as will listen – and the band is collectively humbled to be able to make our small contribution to the catalog of American music, which we are very, very proud to be a part of. Thanks for listening!"


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Robert Astley

Stone Cricket; listen and love
Stone Cricket's debut album is a lot like many of my favorite albums. The first time you listen to it, it's good. The second time, it gets better. With each successive play, you grow more and more fond of it and find the subtle nuances that make this a great album. Lead man Ryan Fourt describes this as a rock album, but don't expect AC/DC. Fourt's background is in traditional jazz and you will likely hear many clues to his first love. One can't really pigeon hole this album into a neat, established genre. The song writing is superb with excellent arrangements, but you'll be hard pressed to describe the CD to those who haven't listened to it.

Fourt is a rather accomplished jazz guitarist who lives in Greeley, Colorado and regularly gigs at local venues. To date, his focus has been on “true” jazz, not to be confused with the fluff put out by many pop artists. Listening to this CD you can hear a wide range of influences. My ear caught glimpses of Wes Montgomery, Barney Kessell, Chet Atkins and Mark Knoffler. Fourt's guitar stylings on this album are best described as chameleon-like. He easily transitions from pure blue notes to overdrive rock licks. Yet still there is the underlying foundation of jazz that Fourt cut his teeth on.

The opening track proves this in spades. “The Well” begins with a catchy little riff and then blossoms into a real gem. Fourt wrote all of the tracks on this album and proves himself to be a unique talent. There are several ballads on the CD including “I'll Keep On Waiting” and “Take It Slow” which showcase lead singer Kelsey Shiba's vocal talents. These songs have a Joan Armatrading feel, yet are completely unique.

The band really comes alive in such driving tunes as “Break Me Down”, “Pennies In The Wind” and “The Winding Road” the latter being perhaps a reference to Fourt's first album “Choose One.” Stone Cricket's rhythm section is spot on with savory bass provided by Matt Smiley and perfectly appropriate drums by Ben Waters. On “Break Me Down” Fourt injects several breaks that make this tune far from any typical rock or pop song. His chunky rhythm/lead midway through the song adds just the right amount of spice to an already great track.

“2204 Ash Street” is a lovely instrumental in a “slack key” tuning that proves that Fourt can be content with beautiful, simple arrangements without overkill. This simplicity flows throughout the album and may generate the only negative comments to this CD. The production is very clean without a great deal of “knob twiddling” that is the hallmark of so many mixes today. Purists will find this refreshing but those with a less discerning ear, may not be used to not being beaten over the head with post production effects. My only complaint is that the album, at times, seems to showcase Kelsey Shiba rather than Ryan Fourt. Perhaps this is his egalitarian approach to the process or a lack of confidence, but there are times when I'd rather hear Fourt blistering a solo than hear Shiba scatting through the verse or chorus.

All in all, this is a top notch effort by all involved and they should be proud of this album. To anyone purchasing this great CD, listen to it once. Come back and listen again. Put on the headphones and listen a third time. If you don't fall in love with the music by then, quit pretending to be a music lover.