Marc Stone has spent the past 20 years earning his reputation as one of the most respected roots/blues artists in New Orleans. The Big Apple native is bringing his talents to a wider audience with the release of “Poison & Medicine,” Stones national debut album.
An acclaimed guitarist, Stone effortlessly mixes elements of traditional blues, gospel, R&B and roots rock into a sound all his own on the enjoyable nine-track, 45-minute release. He also proves to be a first-rate songwriter, having penned eight of the tunes on “Poison & Medicine.”
Things get off to a strong start with “I Tired,” “Come to Me” and “7th Ave. (Oh She Was Pretty),” and Stone also delivers the goods on “Whatever You Do,” “Restless Love” and dynamite set closer “The Well.” Here’s hoping the new album raises his profile beyond the Big Easy — because Marc Stone’s music deserves to be heard by as many people as possible. (Jeffrey Sisk)