Soulive and Lettuce founder Eric Krasno has released his solo album Blood From A Stone via FEEL Records.
Kraz shared a video on his YouTube about how the album came to life:
He also shared a statement with with Jambase:
This new record is a side of my music that many people haven’t heard, especially the vocals... Most of the album was recorded in Maine with my co-writer Dave Gutter, Jon Roods (both from Rustic Overtones) and Ryan Zoidis from Lettuce. We set up a studio in their barn / rehearsal space and just started recording. What we thought were going to be demos became the actual album. That the relaxed environment helped the creative flow and enabled us to push each other to new places. I’m really looking forward to getting out on the road with the new band and playing these songs for everyone.
The album also includes a few special guests including Derek Trucks on "Curse Lifter," Alecia Chakour on "Wicked This Way," and musicians from bands he's been in and worked with. In addition to releasing this album, Kraz will be hitting the road with his newly minted band which includes Danny Mayer (rhythm guitar), Alex Chakour (bass), Eric Kalb (drums), DeShawn Alexander (keyboard), and Mary Corso (backing vocals).
Blood From A Stone demonstrates Eric Krasno's wide range of influences and his many styles of guitar playing, which range from rock and blues to jazz, funk, soul, hip hop, and latin. This is also the first album to feature Eric on vocal duties.
The opening track, "Waiting On Your Love," grabs you with its thick sound and radio-friendly chorus before shifting into the next song, "Torture," with a blues-rock feel. "Jezebel" changes the album's feel with a Latin rhythm. "Unconditional Love" feels like a throwback to the pop rock sound of the '60s with its upbeat energy and positive reinforcement of the lyrics "unconditional love" towards the end.
One of Krasno's many talents as a guitarist is being able to explore the complexities of jazz guitar playing one minute, then shift to heartfelt, soulful guitar playing the next, as evidenced in "Please Ya." The slow jam allows Eric to stretch out his playing while being accompanied by backup singers, thus reinforcing the song's message.
Having played with many members in the Grateful Dead and jamband circuit, it should come as no surprise that "On The Rise" touches Eric's psychedelic side with spacey effects and a hypnotic bass line. Krasno enlists the help of guitar virtuoso Derek Trucks for a Santana-influenced instrumental of "Curse Lifter" that is heavy with percussion and thick with grooves. "Wicked This Way" shifts the spotlight to Alecia Chakour, whose passionate vocals settle nicely with the song's relaxed, dreamy vibe.
Blood From A Stone is available on Amazon. You can also stream the full album above, via Spotify.
For more music, news, and tour information about Eric Krasno, check out his Zumic artist page.