Marc & John Mooney LIVE!
“One guitar, one chair, this pro doesn’t need more. From the first chord the crowd was rockin’!”
“Stone is a band-leading force in the Crescent City known for his fusion of modern and traditional blues, soul and funk —
a sound he calls ‘roots in the present tense’”. - Alexander Zaitchik for Yahoo.com
“Marc is a world class musician.” - Bill Payne, Little Feat
“I love your voice!”
- Bonnie Raitt
Marc Stone has been a standout presence on the New Orleans Roots music since the 1990s. A stylistic chameleon, he has released 4 albums of original music and toured extensively in the US and Europe. His guitar work has earned him stage time with legends of Funk, Zydeco, New Orleans RnB and Delta Blues, as well as jam band heroes, singer songwriters and African drum masters. Currently Marc is touring playing slide guitar, 12 string and acoustic guitar with Funk guitar icon Leo Nocentelli, presenting Leo's historic rediscovered 1971 acoustic masterpiece "Another Side". When he’s not on stage or in the studio, Marc can be found behind the mic at New Orleans’ iconic radio sender, WWOZ 90.7-fm, celebrating 20 years hosting of his weekly “Soul Serenade” or spinning fine and funky vinyl at clubs and events.
Stone is equally at home fronting his own band, leading intricate all star projects, and tearing it up for packed houses with just a guitar and a mic. Making the best of the pandemic shut down, Stone went to work on a new album to follow up 2019’s solo outing “Live at Tipitina’s”, which garnered him nominations from New Orleans top cultural publications for both Best Blues Album and Best Blues Performer.
The result is “Shining Like A Diamond”, his first full length studio release since 2015. The album features an incredible line up and showcases Stone’s soulful vocals, masterful touch on guitar, 8 string Dobro and lap steel, finely tuned songwriting skills, and a slew of incredible performers. Never one to lean on well worn forms and contrived chops showcases, Stone draws inspiration from every corner. He also taps a well-spring of legends to bring his songs to life, including Papa Mali, Alvin “Youngblood” Hart, Marilyn Barbarin, Leo Nocentelli, Reggie Scanlan, the late Alfred “Uganda” Roberts, Meschiya Lake, James Singleton, Mike Dillon, and George Porter, Jr.
- Kraichgau Stimme, Germany
Photos by Rick Moore
Every now and then you have to put the guitar down for a minute. The only thing that inspires Marc like the hum of an old tube amp is the sweet, sweet crackle of old records. A lifelong devotee of fine vinyl, Marc's passion for collecting records and dissecting licks, lyrics and liner notes was steeped in his grandfather's love of his prized 78s and his stepfather's collection of cool jazz, hard bop and three decades worth of Rock and Roll.
After a lifetime spinning records for friends and fellow musicians at home and at parties, Marc took to the airwaves on world renowned Jazz and Heritage Station WWOZ, 90.7-fm, New Orleans. In 2001 he became host of his weekly Soul Serenade program, spinning classics and rarities from a broad cross section of American roots styles and hosting a steady stream of legends and up-and-comers for interviews and live performances.
Marc has taken his deep knowledge, keen programming sense and and wicked vinyl collection from the radio studio to the stage with DJ sets at premium venues and events in New Orleans. His club sets rock the house while digging deep into the farthest corners of the vinyl trove. For private clients Marc's vast, genre crossing collection and deft touch insure the right vibe every time.