Soulstack delivers a visceral experience; one of seasoned musicians playing the music of their roots with authentic realism. It’s the sound of Staples Singers-inspired southern harmony, tremolo-drenched baritone guitar, with a late-sixties New Orleans-style rhythm section and the gurgle of a Hammond organ driving it along with the unmistakable and distinctive voice of Jon Knight.
Soulstack rolled out their full-length debut, “Big Red” in 2012. It garnered substantial national and international airplay and chart positions with commercial and college radio. This release was a Hi-Fi representation of their unique live show, already known in circles as a finely tuned machine burning down the highway from Detroit influenced fuzz-tinged rootsy rock’n’roll to swampy Alabama soul.
Following suit in 2013, Soulstack released ‘Five Finger Discount’ to further acclaim. With these two releases garnering international radio play, TV shows, nominations, awards, large North American festival shows and an European debut appearance (Moulin Blues, Netherlands), Soulstack had positioned themselves as a band to watch.
In 2015, the band released their third studio album, the self-titled ‘Soulstack’ which was recorded live off the floor with the classic method – six men in a room recorded straight onto 2″ analog tape, ‘Soulstack’ captures the band as a moment in time, as one would see and hear the band at a live show, delivering the energy and excitement of their live performance directly onto this recording. ‘Soulstack’ is currently on rotation on many stations around the globe.
Soulstack has recently released a limited edition, live compilation album titled “LIVE CUTS” [January 2017] which features a variety of tracks superbly recorded live in a small club setting, and includes two live tracks from Moulin Blues. The formal release of the long-awaited ‘Live & Acoustic’ DVD/BluRay/CD, capturing the band in a broken down, intimate setting, with acoustic guitars, a grand piano, Hammond organ, hand drums/percussion, and recorded in front of a live audience, will also be released in 2017.
Currently, Soulstack is in pre-production for their fourth, full-length studio album, with the working title; “Sweaty Moments”. Releases available on iTunes, indiepool.com and select retailers.
Soulstack is: Jon Knight ( Vocal/Guitar), Mark Wessenger (Vocal/Piano/Organ), Chris Latta ( Guitar / Baritone), Darryl ‘Harpo’ Peterson (Bass) and Tom Bona (Drums), with guest member Matt Weidinger (Piano/Organ/Wurlitzer/Clavinet). Soulstack has been performing recently with a special guest musician, Michael Francis, a 5x Grammy Award Winning Sax Player from ‘Asleep at the Wheel’ fame.
Sue Foley is a multi-award winning musician and of the one of the finest blues and roots artists working today. By twenty-one, she was living in Austin, TX and recording for Antone’s—the esteemed blues record label and historic nightclub that helped launch the career of Stevie Ray Vaughan. Working and sharing the stage with greats such as BB King, Buddy Guy, Joe Cocker and Tom Petty. In 2001, she won the Juno Award for her CD, Love Coming Down. Foley also holds the record for the most Maple Blues Awards (seventeen) and has earned three Trophees de Blues de France. She has also garnered several nominations at the International Blues Music Awards in Memphis, TN.
Foley’s music has been featured in the major motion picture You Can Count On Me and she also contributed the theme song, “Two Trains,” for the internationally syndicated television series Just Cause. She has been featured numerous times in major print publications including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Toronto Globe and Mail, The National Post, Downbeat and Mojo Magazine, and has performed and been featured on nationally syndicated radio shows: House Of Blues, Sirius-XM’s BB King’s Bluesville, CBC’s Saturday Night Blues, NPR’s Mountainstage, West Coast Live, Kentucky Woodsongs and Beale Street Caravan.
In 2001 Foley started a project called Guitar Woman based around dozens of interviews she conducted with the world’s leading female guitarists. For eight years she wrote articles, organized and promoted concerts, and worked on a book—fueling her passion for gender studies in music and her desire to bring the work of great women guitar players to light. The Guitar Woman project entered a period of dormancy from 2009-2015 while Foley pursued several musical collaborations and returned to university to get her graduate’s degree.
“Foley has a killer voice, an impossibly alluring blend of sex and innocence to go with those blazing guitar chops.” (Philadelphia Enquirer) ***** AllMusic.com
“… She Unveils her considerable guitar chops….All the elements – songwriting, playing, soulful conviction – come together for her on this solid outing…” (Jazz Times)
the Sue Foley band:
Sue Foley returns to the blues for THE ICE QUEEN, her first solo album in 10 years! Recorded
old-school ‘live and in the room,’ it features the likes of Jimmie Vaughan (The Fabulous
Thunderbirds, solo artist), Chris ‘Whipper’ Layton (Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble),
Charlie Sexton (The Arc Angels, Bob Dylan), Johnny Bradley (Gary Clark Jr. Band), JJ Johnson
(Tedeschi Trucks Band) and a who’s who of the legendary Austin, Texas blues scene.
Produced by Mike Flanigin, whose 2015’s THE DRIFTER was highly acclaimed in Rolling Stone,
Billboard and on NPR…THE ICE QUEEN is Sue Foley’s 11th solo release, featuring all new
original songs and showcasing her singular guitar style.
The timing of Sue’s return couldn’t be better, building on the momentum of THE JUNGLE
SHOW…her six string excursion into the wild alongside lone star legends Billy F Gibbons and
Jimmie Vaughan. The results were fierce, and the sold-out events were definitely the blues
guitar highlight of 2016. The anticipation of her new album has grown exponentially ever since.
“Sue Foley is one of the most dangerous guitar slingers walking the planet. She’s SERIOUS!”
-Billy F Gibbons (ZZ TOP)
The new album (fan-funded on Kickstarter, raising over $36,000), has been recorded and is in the final stages of production, decision on a label will be forthcoming. Festivals and tour dates are being booked, and things are underway for the coming of THE ICE QUEEEN. Stay Tuned!