"Lay Me Down Again" by Stone Bear

Featured Article

"Lay Me Down Again" by Stone Bear

Review

Stone Bear, despite releasing a nine track album (‘Calm The Sea') less than a month ago have already issued the follow-up today: the new single "Lay Me Down Again".

It would seem that vocalist & guitarist David John has found a recording method which stimulates his creative process & he's definitely on a roll. I say David as this would seem to be one of those Stone Bear tracks he has recorded solo (his studio is home based after all) and to be fair, it's one of those "band" tracks on which Jeff Dennis' drums would not have an obvious role.

As befits an esteemed roots musician, he's not just revisited the style of song he was writing when he started seventeen years ago, but he's playing the same guitar: so right back to his own personal roots.

Not that one should see this as regressive: he considers it quite the reverse and the re-exploring aspect he describes as "a full circle type thing".

As far as his own writing goes, this quiet, reflective piece fits in very well with not only tracks evoking similar moods which he's put out over the past few years, but also to themes he returns to again & again, whatever the tempo & volume of the particular song: nature, David's relation to nature, love, seeking refuge, his quest for tranquillity and sense of belonging somewhere.

I suppose if you searched for the blues, you'd find some version in there somewhere, but the mood is overwhelmingly pastoral and the folk community may well claim it for their own, though amongst the open strings ringing as he picks his way delicately through the accompaniment on his old guitar, there are enough little blues slides to keep one foot at least in his home genre.

It's curious, but when I first started reviewing Stone Bear, their major selling point was their authenticity of their playing of pre-war blues: not least the electric, urban variety. All these years later the evolution is remarkable: if one had to dub them the heirs or successors to any musical tradition, I'd go for Nick Drake. It's proving quite a journey.

You may also have noted cover artwork by Richard Greenfield on recent Stone Bear releases: he is David's uncle and as David selected this cover from his sketchbook as he felt that it "fits the music perfectly", it seems appropriate to draw your attention to it too.

  Social media   

  Share

Related articles

As Stone Bear continue on their ceaseless evolution, once again they've let some marvellous music slip almost without mention let alone fanfare.

 [1 image]

I'd say with certainty that every artist we mention in this magazine has a significant degree of popularity but some of them are what you might ...

 [1 image]

Now available for your pleasure and emotional uplift is "Calm The Sea" by Stone Bear.

 [1 image]

The latest Stone Bear release is now out & it is called "When You're On The Run".

 [1 image]

After a run of Stone Bear releases which were effectively solo releases by David John, you'll be pleased to hear that he's managed to get into the ...

 [1 image]

It keeps you on your toes does this reviewing business… one moment you have the luxury of possessing an album such as Ellie Gowers' ‘Dwelling ...

 [1 image]

You will have noticed my considerable respect for & excitement concerning the Live On Stage project if you've been reading my article over the ...

 [1 image]

Having previewed the Glastonbury debuts of Izzie Derry & Dolly Mavies for you, I thought readers might like a follow up piece on their experiences.

 [1 image]