Serendipity recently led us to the discovery of an amazing Canadian rock band, Stone River.

Stone River’s distinctive sound is deeply rooted in the South and the golden age of rock n’ roll, drawing influence from the likes of The Allman Brothers and Led Zeppelin. Following their debut album, The Valley of the Butterflies, the Toronto-based five-piece released their new album, Euphoria and Lovesick Blues, last year. The album was produced by none other than Blind Melon guitarist, Christopher Thorn, at Jukasa Studios.

StoneRiver-EuphoriaLovesickBlues-AlbumArtworkThe free-spirited quintet encapsulate rock n’ roll with a whole lot of soul. Stone River features Renan Yildizdogan (vocals, guitars), Darren Flower (guitar, vocals), Jeff Desilets (guitar), Jay Macedo (bass, vocals), and Scott Laroque (drums).

Euphoria and Lovesick Blues is packed full of mellow retro sounding southern guitar riffs infused with soulful Hammond licks and incredible vocals, particularly on tracks like “Rivers We Crossed,” “Hard Road,” and “Thank You.”

The powerful “Hanging in the Bowline” is a standout track on the album; a slowly building classic rock monster of a track with superb slide guitar intro, sublime vocals, and Led Zep-esque undertones. On the other hand “Euphoria” is an epic jam number with an incredible solo, and a great percussion breakdown.

But Stone River is not all about the rock. They have many layers, including heartfelt acoustic ballads and superb vocal harmonies on tracks like “Better Days To Come,” “So It Goes,” and “The Vulture.” These songs conjure images of the likes of Neil Young and Crosby, Stills and Nash.

With a gap left in the market by The Black Crowes, and the rise of classic rock inspired artists such as Rival Sons and The Temperance Movement, Stone River is in a great place to be. We look forward to hearing more of what’s to come from the band.

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Adam Kennedy is an experienced music photographer based in northeast England. He has been shooting concerts for several years, predominantly with the band Vintage Trouble. In 2013, he was one of their tour photographers, covering the UK and Ireland tour including the headline shows and as opening act for The Who. As an accomplished concert photographer, Adam's work has been featured in print such as, Classic Rock Blues Magazine, Guitarist Magazine, Blues in Britain magazine, broadcast on the MDA Telethon on ABC Television in the US, used in billboard advertising for Renaissance Hotels in the US, and featured online via music blogs such as Uber Rock and Guitar Planet. He is also the official photographer at Newcastle Rock and Blues Club.

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