Making a Scene presents an Interview with Indie Blues artist and New Orleans own Keith Stone!
A first-time visitor to New Orleans looking for directions, finds himself more confused after the explanation than before. The Compass, with its North, South, East and West delineations doesn’t exist here. You have to know the language to find where you’re going. No matter where Keith Stone’s journey has taken him, he’s always found his way home to the Crescent City.
Keith grew up learning to play music on the streets of the French Quarter, from jamming with street musicians, to working his way up to Bourbon Street’s most popular “Show Band,” back when that actually meant something. Jazz Fest appearances, tours, and thousands of gigs honed his guitar playing and singing chops.
The lifestyle of “New Orleans Musician” has left many broken souls in its wake. In 1994, Keith discovered a higher calling, and left the city of his boyhood, and his demons, in the rearview mirror. Soon, Keith was Pastor Stone for a large Church in South Carolina.
And then, in 2005, Katrina hit.
Keith organized the sending of food and supplies into New Orleans, but realizing that he could only do so much from afar, he soon headed for home. Back in New Orleans, he began a non-profit organization that recruited thousands of volunteers and raised millions of dollars for Katrina relief and recovery.
Once home, the old familiar pull of New Orleans music was too much to ignore, and led Keith to sitting in and playing with friends old and new. In 2011, he capped off his ministerial career officiating the funeral of New Orleans icon Coco Robicheaux, and 2015 saw the release of his solo record “The Prodigal Returns.” The disc sounds like an evening stroll down Decatur to Frenchmen Street, and featured cameos by many of the city’s most well respected players, including the great Dr. John.
With Red Gravy, Keith once again pays homage to the city that has given him so much.