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Winter Park / Live Music: Stone Trio solid as a rock

Cyndi McCoy
cmccoy@grandcountynews.com
Winter Park, Colorado

Winter Park, Colorado ” Funky Town. If you are looking for someone to take you there, The Stone Trio band knows the way.

“Dank, dirty, heady, nasty, life-changing, super duper, and crazy-hella-mega-tight;” a variety of adjectives have been used to describe the band’s music. But most of all, the trio likes to play songs “that make you think.” The band has a solid-as-a-rock funk base and is known for its playful experimentation within that classic groove.

Simply put, the band is made up of “three dudes forged together by a love for healing groovery.” Members Bo “Bobo” Hallford (electric bass), Chris Combs (electric and lap steel guitar) and Andrew Bones (drums and keyboard) wind through the scenic byways of 1960s New Orleans funk, and swerve into some avenues of modern psychedelic jams.



“Our purpose is to spread inspiring and healing energy through harmony and syncopation,” Hallford said. “Music is the most abstract and powerful of all the arts … we are grateful to share ourselves.”

Combs is on hiatus while touring with the Jacob Fred Jazz Oddysey. Hallford met Bones while forming and playing with the band Harmonious Monk. All three musicians are classically trained and have shared the stage with such acts as EOTO, Zappa Plays Zappa, Leftover Salmon and the Yonder Mountain String Band. Influences include The Beatles, James Brown, Louie Armstrong, Bob Marley and Wu Tang, as well as some humorous inspirations to include bourbon whisky and women.



Most recently, they have been playing with fellow Tulsa artist Jesse Aycock, whom he met through the Jacob Fred Jazz Oddysey, which played on his last album. He will be joining them on electric and acoustic guitar and Combs said he is one of the top singers and songwriters highly regarded in Oklahoma.

Aycock comes with influences from such talents as Gram Parsons, The Byrds, Humble Pie, The Band, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Led Zepplin, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Tosh, Neil Young, Miles Davis, acoustic Bruce Springsteen, early Eric Clapton, Government Mule, Bob Dylan, and “basically anything that touches the soul.”

“My role as a singer/songwriter is to create with as many people as I can,” Aycock said. “That is when real creativity and passion happen.” If musicians aren’t doing that, he said, “then the music has no purpose other than feeding the ego.”

He said playing with the Stone Trio is different from playing with other bands because they have their own sound, coming from a more free jazz and funk side of things, and that it is fun because he and the trio “are able to learn from each other and push our music to a new place.”

The trio played its debut performance in Grand County in August and Hallford said they are excited to introduce Aycock to area audiences. They’ll start Saturday’s show out with some instrumental jazz and funk (with a bonus of about two to three new originals), and then back up Aycock doing his thing.

“We’re all about the live show,” Hallford said.


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