StoneForest releases new single


StoneForest are a band you’ll be glad to hear once the new single “I Am Real” sets into your ears and bombards the senses with its soothing sound and social-politically lyrics. This is a serious but playful song that only goes to tip the iceberg of what StoneForest are covering in their variety of music. It helps to know that everyone involved in this group have been around playing out there in the world of music to say the least. They range from writer Dr. Elliot(Harvey) who has written the long running “Legends in Concert.” To the rock ‘n roll hippy-soul of vocalist Arielle, a great singer with an opening spot touring with guitarist Eric Johnson.

These are all top notch players that also include the likes of synthesizer extraordinaire, Jim Cox, who has toured and recorded with so many including Mark Knopfler, Elton John, Barbara Streisand, Aerosmith, Pink, Neil Diamond, Ringo Starr, George Strait, Aaron Neville, B.B. King , Boz Scaggs, Mike Love (Beach Boys), Willie Nelson, Alison Krauss, Faith Hill, and LeAnn Rimes. And if that isn’t enough they have the best rhythm section this side of Tower Of Power with Dave Marotta on bass, having worked with people like Burt Bacharach, Gino Vannelli, Phil Collins, Manhattan Transfer, Bruce Hornsby, David Benoit OF Yes.

Topping off the rhythm section is none other than John Mader on drums, and he’s performed live, and/or record with such diverse artists as Pat Benatar, Steve Miller, Josh Groban, Ray Charles, Peter Frampton, Bonnie Raitt, Stoneforest, Booker T., the Family Stone, Bernie Worrell, the JB Horns (Pee Wee Ellis, Fred Wesley, and Maceo Parker), Gregg Allman, Joe Satriani, Patti Austin, Oz Noy, Stu Hamm, Jeff Berlin, and Billy Sheehan. Then there is super guitarist Carl Verheyen and keyboardist Mark Levang who’ve been everywhere from playing with Supertramp to the United States Air Force Band.

There’s a lot to wrap your head around in just the members of this band’s backgrounds but make no mistake the music benefits from where they’ve been and what they’ve done. But their songs pay the ultimate sacrifice in delivering outside of how they look on paper. The single paves the way for the rest of what are a large variety of songs they’ve recorded. No two songs are alike, so it can’t be summed up by just listening to “I Am Real” but the single works in every way to bring you around to this band and the rest of their music. It succeeds on that alone but watch out for more from them.

“I Am Real” gets under your skin with no hesitation and captivates you before it’s over and the repeat button calls. You won’t listen to it just once, and that’s a mark of a true hit, even though StoneForest have tons more up their sleeves. It’s a cool track that slaps back at bullies and other prominent figures of current American culture, while exploring relationships altogether. There’s a tongue in-cheek charm to this track, but it’s also a lighthearted song that doesn’t menace its own topic, a delicate balance if there ever were over the decades in singing about standing up to that, but StoneForest nail it all the way.


Mike Tabor