Stone & Stone

Stone & Stone

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Father and son singers R.B. and Forrest Stone never perform together on their joint album, but they share a sensibility and a taste for lightly comic country-pop. R.B. is the more dyed-in-the-wool country performer, his ten tracks including everything from a Nashville sound standard in waltz time (Jim Reeves' "Four Walls") to a humorous song about alcoholism ("Hydrophobic Drinkin' Man"). R.B. seems to use the country medium for several sincere personal sentiments as well, reflecting philosophically on his life in "My Life Is Passing By," honoring his 50-year marriage in "Another Hundred Years," and providing local color about his hometown in "Fayetteville Blues." Forrest, whose songs contain elements of rock & roll and adult contemporary music, tends more toward fictional story songs like "Ambitious Aloycious" that have a novelty quality. The album is really a compilation of material written over a long period of time rather than a focused collection created to hang together (R.B.'s "Peanuts to You," a topical song about tossing President Jimmy Carter out of office, confirms this impression), but the scene never seems to get too far away from a barroom, and the tone is usually good-natured. This is pleasant, folksy material, and one can only wish that father and son would get together and perform some of it as a real duo. (Since its initial release, Stone & Stone has been reissued with a new cover, a re-sequenced running order, and three bonus tracks by other artists.) (Available from www.cdbaby.com.)

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