Stone lavishes eight of his well-grounded original songs with authentic feeling. Slow blues “First Love,” carrying his stone-cold sober vocal and anguished guitar work, is a masterful self-study of the relationship between light and darkness.
Whatever style Keith uses his voice and guitar playing shine through and the band is consistently excellent, making this a memorable debut album which comes highly recommended.
You can practically taste the spicy gumbo, crawfish etouffee and thick jambalaya after digesting these 11 tracks, especially after the blow-out ending, “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.” This gospel number has been performed by Elvis Presley, Van Morrison, Louis Armstrong, Patsy Cline, Little Richard, Ella Fitzgerald, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan with Johnny Cash and hundreds of other artists. Stone turns it into a soul-satisfying 8:35 jam with a riveting six-man horn section. His razor-sharp guitar, soulful vocals and incisive compositions work well throughout. The Prodigal Returns is a brisk walk on Rampart Street with trumpet, sax and tuba all chipping in at the exact right moments to create a total joy-ball of incessant partying...like The French Quarter itself every single night of the week.
Stone’s guitar playing is reminiscent of Albert King. ... The energy crackles from the speakers and the sound is wonderfully old-fashioned. ... You have a beautiful, rich, swinging blues band playing great New Orleans-themed songs. Very beautifully done ... undoubtedly a classic of its kind!
Should be part of your collection! In eleven tracks, Keith Stone takes you on a trip to New Orleans through an amalgam of blues, funk, soul, and R&B ... and a lot of passion. Music lovers, we’re sure this album should be part of your collection!
Every cut on The Prodigal Returns is solid and the high level of musicianship is clearly evident. Keith Stone’s guitar work shines with licks that show the touch of a musician whose heart and soul is intimately infused in his music. The arrangements and songs are thoughtfully varied, filled with a sense of passion and purpose on each and every note.
An excellent album!
Stone has made a collection of songs recorded in New Orleans and Baton Rouge that give rise to a diverse album mixing jazzy-sounding pieces with others that are Cajun to the core, with accordion and washboard reminding us that zydeco is never far away. A real delight!
Stone is a guitar virtuoso with a solid voice and a backing band that can take him into just about any corner of The Crescent City with gusto. Whether he’s blowing out the walls with solid boogie or breaking your heart with a power ballad, you feel his emotion and skill.
From the Jump , Keith Stone’s “The Prodigal Returns” takes your mindto the heart of his home town of Nawlins . The renderings on this albumhave the full flavor of a rich and thick Blues Gumbo. These tunes mixgood-time soul, R&B and bottom end funk together with mesmerizingblues to produce a sophisticated wholly satisfying mix that goes downeasy. Look forward to Stone’s passionate vocal stoutness set in front ofa punchy horn section that highlights this overall triumphant CrescentCity drenched album.
Stone travels, throughout the album, with the grace of an experienced raconteur on playing Louisiana’s most recognisable music trademarks. Better Things To Do is a robust R&B track, enriched by a superb Horn Session, whose contribution will play a vital part through the whole album. First Love is a slow and sexy killer blues, in which Stone’s artistry emerges in full not just through the beautiful sound of his guitar but also through his deep and meaningful singing voice.
A solid work from a cat that knows his business and what works.
Keith Stone is a true son of New Orleans, born in the heart of the Crescent City. A passionate guitarist, singer, and composer, he has been influenced by all the rich heritage of that great city, and shares its vast wealth with all us blues fans thru his first solo album, “The Prodigal Returns.” It is eleven cuts that are as versatile as the city itself, and Keith immerses us in that good gumbo with hot guitar lines full of fire, funk, and passion.
I was privilege to perform on “Just a Closer Walk with Thee” track. What a tremendous talent is Keith Stone!!
His new release is dripping with passion and New Orleans soul. Stone is one of the finest guitarist I’ve heard, understanding that often what we don’t play is just as important as what we do. How many times have you heard a musician who plays every lick he knows in the first few minutes. Keith plays what he knows, drawing from vast wells of experience... and he plays it from the heart. When he plays he delivers 100%. The same can be said for his vocals, soulful, with deep blues undertones and dripping with passion. Keith and the band blend blues, soul and a gospel edge for a sound that is distinctly New Orleans and just as distinctly Keith Stone.