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- Posted on Mar 12th 2010 9:00PM by Jason MacNeil
Austin group Stone River Boys are a new band led by Mike Barfield and Dave Gonzalez, the former having played with the Hollisters while the latter being a member of the Hacienda Brothers. Other members include Dave Biller on steel guitar, bassist Scott Esbeck and a rotating drumming slot filled by Justin Jones, Damien Llanes or Tom Lewis.
The band -- who cite Steve Cropper, James Brown and Johnny Paycheck as influences -- was recently signed to Boston area label Cow Island Music and will be releasing its new album 'Love On The Dial' sometime in May.
Spinner got in touch with the band before they played a hometown show at SXSW
Describe your sound in your own words.
Waylon Jennings meets James Brown.
How did the band form?
From old friendships and the loss of a special one.
What are your musical influences?
Just about all American roots music and some Latin sounds.
How did you come up with your band name?
Street name of first rehearsal spot.
What's your biggest vice?
Bar B Que
What's in your festival survival kit?
Alka Seltzer and a loose handshake.
Who was your first celebrity crush?
What's your musical guilty pleasure?
Paul Revere and the Raiders.
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
What's the craziest thing you've seen or experienced while on tour?
Have to keep that for myself, need to hold for the fantasy file cabinet.