This is more of an album “preview” than an album review. Gordon Thomas Ward has been sharing stories through song for many years, throughout the Valley and beyond.
I’ve had the opportunity to see Frank Porter perform live on a few occasions and, in fact, had the pleasure of sharing the stage with him once a year or so ago. With that in mind, I already knew what Frank had to offer in the form of musical talent. I was anxious to get a taste of his latest project “I Can Win,” and I was certainly not disappointed in what I heard.
Stoney Run Group’s self-titled album, released in October 2017, has a definite 70s vibe with a few twists, for a sound that can be described as psychedelic indie rock. There a some hints of reggae (“All the Reasons”), jazz (“Only Waiting For You”) and blues (“Red Car”). You can hear the influence of jam bands like Little Feat, The Grateful Dead, and Phish, without the long, drawn-out 20 minute delivery of a 5-minute song which is often pretty cool live, but not necessarily ideal listening in the recorded version.