The Scones’ sound has been described as “rockin’ Americana for adults” (Jim Beal - San Antonio Express News) and it does invoke many of the qualities one hears in classic rock and good ‘ol Americana music. Along with their melodic/memorable songs, passionate guitar playing, 21st century sensibilities, and musical experimentation, lots of 2 and 3 part vocal harmonies rule the day with this group. Working mainly as a trio, The Scones feature two lead vocalists, Rick Stockton (guitar & banjo) and Helen Highwater (bass), with veteran drummer Harry Knipe providing harmonies.
The Scones originally began in 2005 as the Strolling Scones, doing music of the 1960s... Stones, Hendrix, Beatles, Doors, and the like ... going through many incarnations and performing all over the western states and Texas playing concerts, festivals, club dates, and even doing a stadium show with Woodstock legend Joe Cocker. Garnering a lot of press, the band got national recognition through a feature article and reviews in Vintage Guitar Magazine exhorting their “glorious harmonies and first class guitar work”. Much has been made of the music of the 60s era and sure enough it’s influence started sifting into the band’s original compositions. Pretty soon they had more original compositions than covers and breaking away from their previous sound, started using acoustic guitar and banjo. So to avoid confusion, the new more acoustic version of the band has simply became The Scones. Now with a new wholly original sound, the band is performing in concert halls and more intimate venues.
How the Musical came to be......
During the early years of their existence, the Strolling Scones live show was musical theater. The band performed as an imaginary British Invasion Band with each member creating their own character with a distinctly English sounding name and story. New York playwright L.E. McCullough discovered their story online and wrote a hilarious musical play using the band’s original music and centering around their fictitious “British” alter egos. It’s a fun filled romp through time, space, and styles involving a band that was accidentally frozen in the late 1960s and cryogenically brought back to the 21st century. You may go here to see clips from the original Colorado production done in the fall of 2013.
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Beyond the realm of music, the Strolling 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, Stockton and Highwater created an annual four day festival showcasing the food, wine, and talents of residents of western Colorado. The Mountain Harvest Festival is now in it’s 14th year and attracts visitors from all over the country. It is one of the area’s biggest events.
Visit the Mountain Harvest Festival website