UK TOUR OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2017
I think it's our strongest record to date lyrically and musically. We're living in very divisive and divided times and we wanted to make an album that hopefully shines some light on the troubling situations that we seem to be facing right now.
The album features soul legends likes William Bell and Bettye Lavette, how did you approach them about working on the album?
We'd played with William at Union Chapel in London and got on really well with him. He's a really gracious guy and we're all big fans so it was a real honour to get a Grammy award winner like him on the record. As for Bettye, we always loved her voice and couldn't think of anyone better to sing Season of change. We wanted a true storyteller to convey some very serious lyrics and she was perfect. Her voice seems to resonate from the very earth itself, she's an incredibly gifted singer and we were very fortunate with how she threw herself into that song.
You are heading out on tour in October, what can people expect from a Stone Foundation live show?
Passion, intensity, soul and 100%
Any special guests planning to join you on the road you can tell us about?
We're very fortunate to have Graham Parker supporting us in London so who knows he may join us on stage. We're never short of a few surprises here and there, last time in London we had Paul Weller and Dr Robert from The Blow Monkeys join us on stage.
Do you think there is a growing fan base for Soul music and a band like yourselves?
Yes massively. This year has completely underlined that, we've been playing to sold out venues up and down the country and had our first top 40 record with "Street Rituals". I think people need some positivity right now and we certainly aim to give people that in our music.
What's next for the band?
We're looking at a special release in the next month or so, so stay tuned for that and we've already started the next song writing process off for the follow up to Street Rituals. We've got really big plans for the next record.
Their forthcoming live album ‘Live Rituals’ is due for release on 13th October via 100% Records. It is a testament to how far Stone Foundation have travelled over the years and the accompanying rise in their reputation as a credible and exciting live band, the album was recorded at the Islington Assembly Rooms in London and features appearances from Paul Weller, Dr Robert and Danny Champ.
You can visit their website stonefoundation.co.uk for more information about their upcoming tour.