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Rough Folk

by Hank Stone

Songwriter inspired by classic pop music from folk to blues to rock to modern.
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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1. Delaware
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2. Blue Crayon
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3. Red
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4. A Riddle
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5. Father's Lament
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6. I Am Not Blind
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7. John, The Weather's Fine
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8. I Need Help, Lord
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9. One Year From Now
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10. Labyrinth
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11. Ghost Of The Lion
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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"Rough Folk" is a must-hear experience... every track is a diamond in the, well, "rough"... the songs appeal to the ear, the head, sometimes to the feet, but always to the heart...
Hank Stone grew up in New York City, in the shadows of JFK airport and Aqueduct Racetrack. Played rock'n'roll in local bands, started writing songs and never stopped. Stopped performing in public for too long; came back out in 2001, discovered a great community of talented and supportive musicians on Long Island, resharpened his guitar skills and finally recorded his debut CD, "Rough Folk," which presents 12 varied but cohesive tunes, each produced by Tony DeStefano to bring out the song's true soul. Hank has long been an avid listener to all styles of music, and much of what he has absorbed is evident in these fine tracks.


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Matthew Cutillo

CAUTION : real musician, real music, real cool
This CD is great because: it is made by a real artist who works with a guitar and a microphone. It is also provocative. It's not for the person looking for what's on TV or something. People who love this might not even turn on a TV, but that's not a pre-requisite for liking it. Hank made this with his own grey matter, voice box and fingertips. This CD is also great because the artist who made it can really play and sing. What a revelation these days...the lyrics are very catchy and well thought-out. If you like intelligent, quirky, singer/songwriter type stuff, this is right up your alley.

garageband.com

Songwriter inspired by classic folk and rock
"Rough Folk" is a must-hear experience... every track is a diamond in the, well, "rough"... the songs appeal to the ear, the head, sometimes to the feet, but always to the heart...
Hank's debut CD presents 12 varied but cohesive tunes, each produced by Tony DeStefano to bring out the song's true soul. Hank has long been an avid listener to all styles of music, and much of what he has absorbed is evident in these fine tracks.

Geoffrey Armes

These songs repay repeated listening, unfolding new nuances each time.
CD Baby seems to be a place where hyperbolic reviews are thrown up like so much dust in a Gobi storm, so I'll try and keep this succinct. 'Rough Folk' is one of the most interesting--and enjoyable--releases of 2005 thus far. Hanks comes at a lot of well-thought out material from a wide variety of angles. Not a singer/songwriter disc, not a world music album but an authentic synthesis of both genres. These songs repay repeated listening, unfolding new nuances each time.

RaySpitzer

Folk type almost John Sebastian with Arlo Gutrie nice guitar
Sounds like a home grown production although the vocal and instruments sound clear. Nice catchy phrases on the lyrics good tastefully played lead guitar work the guitar work in general is clear and concise. Lyrics are story telling and very real to hear even the word bitch was ok since it totally made sence about being totally rich.

Geoffrey Armes

a CD both effective and colourful, but well, 'rough'
Acoustic purists will shun the eccentric arrangements and rough production aesthetic of this disc. Other listeners will find it both piquant and poignant. Synthesised bass and vibraphones juxtaposed with screaming blues harp, and intensely emotional singing, works just fine. It's this last that's crucial; Hank has put in a compelling and highly energetic performance on each and every one of these tunes. It makes for a CD both effective and colourful, but well, 'rough'. There's almost a 'Lennon solo album' treatment on many of these songs, often signified by the use of delay and (mild) eq filtering on the voice itself. Occasionally what sounds like the nasal piezo quack sound of a guitar recorded direct from an under saddle pick-up threads unattractively through a mix. But the important thing is that there's space for the songs and the singer to shine (perhaps in part due to the lack of percussion let alone drumset), and many lovely touches in the arrangements. One favourite being 'Delaware' where Hank delivers the lovely line 'a seagull gives us his disconsolate cry,' then echoes it with his own voice, then (after taking the whole track right 'down') with a guitar flourish, followed by another similar figure only this time on a piano that then blossoms into full out instrumental blowing somehow evocative of the sky and landscapes being described. A bucolic paean to nature and natural living. Another highlight is the Steve Reich/West African influenced bass driven groove of the thoroughly affecting 'I Need Help Lord', replete with overblown flute reminiscent of Chris Wood in his Traffic years or the Fula Flute sound of SeneGambia. This isn't the only cut to dabble in 'World' music feels; 'Blue Crayon' features coruscating unison lines reminiscent of Mexico or the Dominican Republic. This disc has been a long time coming, and it's a labour of love, and was well worth the making, and well worth your owning.