Ham Jam House -Concert
The Scones will play a fine acoustic concert on Saturday, August 27th, 2016, at 7:00 PM.
This will be an original show with lots of vocal harmony, upbeat numbers, and songs with strong melodic content … what Jim Beal called it in the SA Express New the last time we played Gruene Hall: "Rock' n' American for adults".
Expect some very well written songs, superb vocals and harmony, flashy pickin’,and some sounds you’ve probably never heard coming out of an acoustic guitar or banjo. Calling their musical style “Rockin’ Americana” the group draws from folk, rock, country, blues, jazz, and shades of ’60 pop. A fun and upbeat show!
Rio Grande Valley native Rick Stockton initially picked up the guitar to play rock and pop music as a kid and later while attending UT fell in love with the sound of the acoustic guitar and was inspired by the outstanding performers and unique fusion of music of the Lone Star State.
Moving to Colorado he added banjo and quickly got full time work performing in the western states region sharing the stage with such artists as Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, John Prine, and the Country Gazette.
During this time Rick wrote the music for his first theatrical musical which had several successful runs in the Denver area.
More importantly there, he met singer and Chicago native Helen Highwater. Recognizing a magical vocal blend they became a team and soon went on a 2 year tour of the southern and southwestern states.
Taking a break from the road and back in Texas, Rick attends Jackie King and Herb Ellis’s Southwest Guitar Conservatory in San Antonio, which emphasized jazz styles. Also during this time he became a 2 time Kerrville New Folk Songwriting finalist.
In the meantime Rick and Helen shared the stage with other Texas music notables such as Lyle Lovett, Rusty Weir, Hal Ketcham, Robert Earl Keen, Darden Smith, Tish Hinojosa, the Grandmothers (with Ex-Mothers drummer Jimmy Carl Black), and even Shiva’s Headband.
Now based in Colorado again the two have landed gigs with Joe Cocker, The Subdudes, John Cowan (from the New Grass Revival), Otis Taylor, and others and have toured all over the western states and a little on the east coast. Also awhile back they started a music and arts festival which is still growing and thriving. Check out www.mountainharvestfestival.org. Teaming up with veteran drummer Harry Knipe (past 1st chair drummer for the U.S. Air Force Band and now an award winning boot and saddle maker - HK Boot and Saddle) the couple formed The Scones.
Rick recently collaborated with playwright L.E. McCullough (former Austin American Statesman Entertainment staff writer now based in New York) on a rock & roll musical called Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s the Strolling Scones - a farcical play about a British Invasion band that was accidentally frozen in 1969 and cryogenically brought back to life in the new millennium. The first successful theatrical run of the show was in the fall of 2013 and The Scones are having fun incorporating a few of the numbers from the play into their live performances.
Beyond the realm of music, The Scones are passionate supporters of solar power. They have a solar rehearsal facility and a sun powered recording studio. Also believing that strong communities make for a better world.
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Sleeping In The Midday Sun
Something Happening In The Air
May This Be Love - Banjo
Break On Through
Doors open at 7:00 and the concert is 8:00 to 10:00.
$20 suggested admission donation
BYOB and hors d'oeuvres are welcome!