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Viva Phx Q&A: The Stone Foxes

The Stone Foxes interview

The year 2015 marks 10 years since The Stone Foxes formed in San Francisco. For its fourth full-length album, Twelve Spells, the rock ‘n’ roll band created the #FoxesFirstFriday project in which one song from the album is released the first Friday of every month. See the rockers perform live on March 14 at Viva PhxCrescent Ballroom (21+) at 10 P.M..

Read our interview with The Stone Foxes below and purchase Viva Phx tickets here
*For more interviews with Viva Phx 2015 performers, visit here.*

Very first concert you attended and a memory from it.
My dad bought my mom tickets to see Bob Dylan in Visalia, Calif. for her birthday and brought my brother and I when I was 11. She hated it, and all the bass made me think my pacemaker was going wonky (I have a pacemaker and heart issues, but the ticker works just fine right now). Despite the bass, I loved it. Give me that “gravel stuck in your throat” voice any day of the week.

If you could have any musician (dead or alive) as a mentor, who would it be?
Levon Helm. Jay Z would be my second choice, but I feel like Levon would treat me like his nephew and we would drink sweet tea on porch swings in Woodstock together.

Very first concert you played and a memory from it.
My brother and I were hired to play our church ice cream social when I was 13 for $40. That’s like 40 candy bars! Whoo hoo!

Artist you would most like to collaborate with or have produce your music?
I’d love to work with Nick Cave, Tom Waits, Questlove, Larry Campbell, or Danger Mouse. That’s the dream list right there.

Personal truth that fans would be surprised to know about you.
I’ve had 11 heart surgeries/procedures. I run around like a mad man all sweaty and stuff on stage now because I wasn’t able to before. My doctor kicks ass. Cheers to you, Doctor Allison Meadows!

How do you spend a typical day when you’re not touring or busy recording?
I love to shoot hoops. I continuously get my ass whooped and I shoot like a frog, but I love it anyway. Then I’d play some tunes, watch some Netflix, and go to my favorite jazz club in SF, Club Delux.

One artist or album you could never get tired of listening to?
Wilco,  Sky Blue Sky. Actually, I’m gonna put that on right now.

Earliest music-related memory you have?
I asked to play snare drum in the school band when I was 10. I quit shortly after. I didn’t like playing rat-a-tat-tat over and over like a chump!

Nicest thing a fan has ever said, or given, to you?
Right after the World Series, we were playing in LA, and a Dodger fan game me a Buster Posey (Giants catcher) jersey. Now if that’s now keeping the peace, then I don’t know what is!

Interesting fact about your newest release.
We’re releasing one brand new track on the first Friday of each month for FREE, and we’re gonna do it ’till August, when the final collection comes out! It will include live recordings, pictures, videos, and will chronicle the sound of the band as we added three new members over the last year and a half.

Xperience you will never forget.
We were filming at a homeless shelter in San Diego for a documentary centered around our non-profit, the Goodnight Moon Project. Men from the shelter were singing one of our songs with us and a man named Walter told me how the song really hit home for him. The song is about being left in the cold to sleep on city streets, and his friend had just died under a freeway from freezing to death. That hit me like a ton of bricks. So we collect non-perishable canned foods at each and every show and donate them to local shelters and food banks. We give a special merch gift back to those who are generous and donate. Please check out what we’re doing at www.goodnightmoonproject.org.

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