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Preacher Stone plays The Outpost

North Carolina southern rock band comes to Kent

by Kelly Maile, Staff Writer Published: July 19, 2017 12:23 PM
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North Carolina southern rock band Preacher Stone will play music as good as grandma's homestyle cooking on Saturday at The Outpost.

“What you see is what you get,” lead vocalist and harmonica player Ronnie Riddle said. “It's real made by real people. The music corporations didn't produce this. It's like grandma's cooking. It's authentic.”

Riddle grew up watching his parents sing in gospel quartets and church choirs. He jokes he was bitten by the music bug early on, and his background in the church led him to make music that "touches people and picks them up when they're down," he said.

“When people tell me what our music does for them, that's the greatest honor," Riddle said. “The true indicator of music is chill bumps on your arm. If it gives you chills you’re stepping in the right direction and that comes straight from the church. It’s the same honesty and emotion that good gospel has that’s found in our music.”

Preacher Stone combines elements of gospel — this is praise drummer Josh Wyatt's first rock band — with southern rock guitar licks by lead slide guitarist Marty Hill.

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“Working with Marty has been an absolute blast,” Riddle said. “He plays guitar like no one else. I'm a guitar player myself and to sit back and try to learn his riffs is a man's job. His music ability with my ability to put a story to it, we got a group of musicians that is absolutely dangerous.”

Preacher Stone garnered attention after its music appeared on two seasons of the FX hit series “Sons of Anarchy,” which led to several overseas tours including a European run across five countries last year and an invitation to play the Lynyrd Skynyrd Simple Man Cruise.

The band will be joining the 2018 Southern Rock Cruise again with Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker, 38 Special and more. They just wrapped up a show in their hometown with 38 Special that drew a crowd of 30,000, Riddle said.

“We always look forward to the one that's coming up and that's The Outpost in Kent. We play every show as if it was in front of 50,000 people. We love what we're doing. We're just excited to play. I think that's why we've had some steady climbing success because we're into it. We enjoy playing.”

Preacher Stone recorded its new (fourth) album “Remedy,” during which it was signed by NoNo Bad Dog Productions, and they currently have more than 1 million YouTube views.

On Saturday, the band will play songs from its last four records as well as some covers, ranging from a redneck version of Led Zeppelin's “Kashmir” to Lynyrd Skynyrd's “Sweet Home Alabama," Riddle said.


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