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Allen Stone is set to play his very first set of headlining Australian shows while visiting from the US for Byron Bay’s Bluesfest 2013. A self-described “hippie with soul”, Stone mixes a little Southern soul with pop sensibilities for an uplifting and accessible sound.
Drawing comparisons to the likes of Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers from The New York Times, Stone grew up on gospel music before delving into classic soul albums as a teenager. As Stone explains, his attachment to soul comes from the music’s involvement in social change.
“Soul music from that time wasn’t just about bumpin’ and grindin’ at the club- it was a huge part of a cultural movement. That’s where my inspiration comes from,” Allen explained.
Allen Stone – Bluesfest Sideshow Dates
Thursday, 28th March
Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Saturday, 30th March
Blue Beat Live, Sydney
(Photo By Lonnie Webb)