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The Strolling Scones’ sound invokes many of the qualities of the music that you might have heard had you turned on the radio in the summer of 1967. Musical experimentation and passionate guitar playing was in the air and melodic, memorable songs and vocal harmony ruled the day. All of these qualities can be heard in their music, infused with 21st century consciousness and sensibilities.
Although the name Strolling Scones may have a familiar ring to it, they are no clone or tribute band. Still, you may hear echoes of the Stones, Hendrix, or the Beatles wafting through their groovy, guitar driven sound. When performing live, the Scones’ friendly warmth can make an audience of strangers feel like old friends in a matter of minutes.
Founding members, Rick Stockton and Helen Highwater formed the Strolling Scones in 2005 and have since taken the band all over the western states playing concerts, festivals, club dates, and even opening for Woodstock legend Joe Cocker. During that time, the band released 4 full length albums and 1 EP and gained the respect of peers and music publications alike. Strolling Scones CDs not only have their share of catchy tunes but are filled with “glorious harmonies and first class guitar work” (Vintage Guitar Magazine). With their latest release, “Like Ripples Across The Pond”, their signature sound has expanded and evolved while still centering around their core musical values.
In the first year of their existence, the Strolling Scones performed as an imaginary British Invasion Band with each member creating their own character with a distinctly English sounding name and story. Although the band members now perform as their real selves, a hilarious musical play has been written about the original Strolling Scones and 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 world of today. Written by New York playwright L.E. McCullough with music & lyrics by Rick Stockton, the musical Ladies and Gentlemen, It’s the Strolling Scones!, is set for production in 2014.
Beyond the realm of music, the Strolling Scones are passionate supporters of solar power. They have a solar rehearsal facility and are presently installing photo voltaics so they will soon have 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 13th year and attracts visitors from all over the country. It is one of the area’s biggest events.