The Stonecoats: Poor Boy Blues Review

The Stonecoats are a young blues rock band out of Brandon, Mississippi. The group features guitarist/vocalist Brandon Barnett (25), guitarist Carson Bristow (18), drummer/bassist Leighton Bristow (20), and bassist Ashten Frisella (21). Poor Boy Blues is the debut full length album and is sure to get The Stonecoats on the radar of blues rock enthusiasts.

“Another Thought For Today” kicks off the album and is a good indication of what the band is about infusing rock, blues, and a southern tinge. “Blues Boogie” follows and is pretty much what the title says. “Cross That Bridge” is the standout track from the album and is about chasing your dreams no matter what. There are definitely some nice hooks that will stick in your head for a while.

The Stonecoats definitely wear their influences proudly. “Roll It Over” is a Derek and the Dominos cover and “Can’t Live Without You” would fit perfectly on a Tom Petty album. Things steer towards a country infused sound with “Cheated Heart” and the album wraps up with the bluesy swing of “When You’re Down.”

Poor Boy Blues is a promising release from a young band sure to have an exciting future on the blues rock scene. Let’s hope this is just the beginning because this a band that could have some staying power. Fans of good old fashioned rock and roll and blues ought to check out The Stonecoats because they’re one of the best discoveries of 2016.

The Review: 8.5/10

Can’t Miss Tracks

– Another Thought For Today
– Cross That Bridge
– Poor Boy Blues
– Can’t Live Without

The Big Hit

– Cross That Bridge

Review by Pete Francis

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Pete Francis

Pete Francis is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Blues Rock Review. Pete founded Blues Rock Review in 2010 because he felt there was a major void in how the blues rock genre was covered. Pete is the host of Blues Rock Weekly and a co-host on the Blues Rock Show.

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