Guitarist Stoney Curtis Interview

In the tradition of classic blues rock power trios such as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, the Stoney Curtis band are centered around their lead singer/lead guitarist Stoney Curtis who is, without a doubt, one of the most impressive strat players on the circuit today. It is no wonder why rows and rows of Harley's line up in Vegas to see this aggressive trio whip the crowd into a frenzy with their own brand of psychedelic blues-rock, fueled by Stoney's non-stop guitar pyrotechnics.

STONEY CURTIS BAND "HALO OF DARK MATTER" NEW Album Release On BLUES BUREAU INTERNATIONAL RECORDS

"Halo Of Dark Matter", is a high-energy collection of guitar-oriented jams, that recalls the stadium guitar heroes of the 70's.

Blues-Rock veterans, the Stoney Curtis Band, returned to the studio in Las Vegas this summer in follow-up to their 2012 double-live CD and DVD release. The resulting CD, "Halo Of Dark Matter", is a high-energy collection of guitar-oriented jams, that recalls the stadium guitar heroes of the 70's. This fifth record in Stoney's discography takes things up a couple of notches as his songwriting and soloing skills ascend to yet a higher plateau. The Stoney Curtis Band has been working the clubs between Los Angeles and Las Vegas, for over ten years, honing their own brand of psychedelic blues-rock, readying their show for the road ahead. Over the past few years the band has done a number of USA tours and six European tours as well. Heavily steeped in 60's/70's psychedelia, the Stoney Curtis Band has translated the energy of their phenomenal live show into an incredible new studio disc containing over 70 minutes of full tilt blues-rock.



Guitarist Stoney Curtis Interview:
 
Scott > Hi Stoney, How are you doing these days?

Stoney > Great...

Scott > What’s the genesis for the NEW "Halo of Dark Matter" Album?

Stoney > I'm always working on riffs, jamming... Mike Varney came to me and said, let's do another record..  I think in many ways, as colorful and bright Cosmic Conn3ction was, Halo has a darker feeling to it... I was in a much darker frame of mind.. Mike has great instincts and can tap into that place that your in...

Scott > How do You know Mike Varney at the Shrapnel Records Group Label?

Stoney > Mike and I now have done 5 Stoney Curtis Band records... We met at the Sand Dollar Blues club in Las Vegas in 2004. I was playing the late show there.. 2am till 5:30am... A friend of mine insisted he come check out the band..  He signed me a few months later, after seeing the band a few times...  We released "Acid Blues Experience" in 2005.

Scott > Give us a run down of the musicians that are playing on the CD.

Stoney > Bass .. Barry Barnes.. Barry plays with me in Count's 77 as well...  We used Jeff Tortora on Drums, from Blue Man Group..  Chris Logan from MSG did the Background vocals, Michael Lardie from Great White did the Keyboards...

Scott > How do you come up with your songs?

Stoney > Usually, just by jamming.. That's when the riffs start to come..  I refine them with Mike, and we collaborate with the rest of the tune and lay em out...  We started collaborating more on Cosmic..  Now, we seem to be able to come up some really cool stuff...

Scott > Tell me what it is that spoke to you about this project.

Stoney > Just having another chance to continue to grow as an artist.. This is me .. now...  I've involved myself in different styles of music over the past couple of years, and this was a chance to throw some new influences into my playing and writing...

Scott > Are there plans to tour?

Stoney > Always...

Scott > Are you a schooled guitar player or a self-taught guitar player?

Stoney > Pretty much self taught...

Scott > Did You develop your style by ear or by messing around on the neck playing what sounded cool to you?

Stoney > Both... I like trying different things.. Always trying to develop as a player.. You need your ears and you need to be willing to take chances.. That's how you get better and grow.. Taking chances when they matter.. When your under the gun...

Scott > I was wondering if you ever hear music in your dreams and turn them into songs?

Stoney > I always have music going through my head.. I've always had trouble sleeping.. I've always had the music in my head.. I can honestly say.. :Last Train to Chicago was written in a dream.. I can almost remember it like it was yesterday.. But, I usually dissect music when I'm trying to fall asleep...
 
Scott > How often when you start an idea for song, does it actually get finished?

Stoney > That's funny... I still have riffs I play from when I was 14 man...  Still waiting for the perfect tie..  Maybe 20% of the time do I finish something all the way... Somethings are just meant to be parts that will someday find a mate...

Scott > So Stoney, tell me a little bit of what you’ve learned about human nature during this new production.

Stoney > I learned what may be the greatest thing.. The engineer claims he was good friends with Dimebag ... He said the best advice he ever gave him.. "Don't be a Dick"... That was the most profound thing I've ever heard and words to live by.. Energy is contagious... Good, Bad, and Ugly...

Scott > What are your personal highlights on the new album?

Stoney > I think we found a new voice.. A new way of delivering a lyric.. And, I like the reckless abandon of the guitar playing on this record.. It was all just in the moment playing.. Not over thinking, just letting it rip and feeling it.. I definitely touched on all my influences on this record...

Scott > How did you first get into the music business?

Stoney > I've been playing clubs and $h*t holes since I was a kid,... Mike signing me took me into the more glamorous life of Motel 6, etc... heheheeee...

Scott > Is "Stoney Curtis" your real name and if not, how did you get that name?

Stoney > Yes.. My mother named me Stoney...  ;>)

Scott > What is your relationship with the TV Show "Counting Cars" ?

Stoney > Danny Koker and I started playing in a band together a couple years ago.. A short time after that, he picked up the show. He had been doing Pawn Stars and had the Rock club.. So, we've been on the show with the band, we have another episode coming up early in 2014 and we did the commercial..  Great show and it's been great for the band. Lots more to come.

Scott > Who have been your main influences on your career to date?

Stoney > Well,  there have been many musical, band, guitar player influences..  But, people like Varney, my wife, the musicians I play with and friends have been a huge influence as well.. So, it's all perspective.. Many things have influence on my music and my career..

Scott > Do You have any new music in the works?

Stoney > We have the COUNT'S 77 record that we have coming out. Mike Varney and I collaborated again on this record, writing some great tunes... A Rock n Roll Guitar record..  It has some of my best tone and playing to date. I'm very excited for people to hear this record.. And of course,  Danny is going to blow a lot of minds.. The guy is a serious singer.. And a great producer, great band, great engineer.. Very high on this record. Comes out in early 2014.
 

Scott > How has your guitar playing evolved over the years?

Stoney > Immensely.. I've learned so much over my career.. Especially over the past few years where I've dabbled in other styles out of my comfort zone.. Playing with great musicians forces you step up your game.. I've learned more about tone, feel, amps, guitars, recording, listening, etc... I've grown as a player and look forward to growing more, learning more and getting better. Working with Mike on a couple records this year, I've retained more and learned more about playing from a Producer perspective as well...

Scott > What are you listening to these days? 

Stoney > Everything.. I usually just let my I-Tunes shuffle and whatever comes up.. I love all kinds of music, so my collection is full of an array of different things.. So, I a wide range everyday.. It's good for you, especially as an artist, to take in everything. Let it absorb...

Scott > What musical gear and endorsements do you have and why?

Stoney > I have no official endorsements... I play Gibson guitars and Fender guitars. I play through Marshall and Fender amps...

Scott > Talking about "Counting Cars", Do You have a dream car?

Stoney > Yes, one that gets great gas mileage! Maybe a 64 Corvette, 68 Camaro, 66 Mustang, 72 Mustang, 70's Vette... GTO, man.. You know,... many dream cars...

Scott > I also don't want to forget this... Tell us about any other things you may be in involved in or any special interest besides music that is close to your heart?

Stoney > My charity event every year called KISS NIGHT IN LAS VEGAS.. A charity event that helps support music education in schools.. I run Danny's recording studio as well.. Everything in my life has something to do with music, promoting music, keeping the arts alive.. Outside of my loved ones, and family.. That is my heart...

Scott > Lastly, please give our readers one last parting shot across the bow... What is Stoney Curtis going to be doing in 5 years?  

Stoney > Shiiiit.... Rockin' Brother!

Scott > I would like to thank you for your time and candor with our loyal readers and keep on fighting the good fight to bring us some awesome music.

Stoney > Love ya brother... Thanks for everything Scott!
 
 
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