“Cliffie Stone, was a connoisseur of the Double Bass, sang, and he was one of Capitol Records most essential personnel for recording sessions and musical arrangements. To many the multi- award winning Stone is unknown, and this album explores the impact he had upon music and his legacy. Atomicat concentrates on the up-tempo recordings and offer a broad overview of his career with our album Cliffie Stone the Legendary Capitol Records Double Bassist and more! Atomicat (ACCD049). The thirty featured recordings takes you on a Hillbilly musical voyage enhanced with panache which also showcases his extraordinary impact upon Country and Western music.”
The album looks at Stone’s contribution to Country and Western music and his main involvement with Capitol Records. The albums sound is predominantly in the Country Boogie style with a smattering of Rock ‘n’ Roll and some electrifying instrumentals. Stone’s roots were in Country and Western and his musical skills have embellished countless recordings throughout his career, and this album concentrates on the up-tempo recordings he is associated with.
The presence of the 300 pounds in weight Stone in the studio or on recordings is immeasurable. He was the leader of five bands, formed his own record and publishing companies, appeared on networked televised music shows and his gregarious personality brought out the best of every musician he performed alongside.
The album covers the years 1947 through to 1958 and concentrates on the up-tempo titles and omits the corny hayseed songs he often performed. Eight of the titles feature Stone as the named artist and the remaining twenty two have him involved in the recordings and additionally the publishing through his music company. The crème de la crème of artistry based on the west coast utilised his skill and the array of artists is mouth-watering and includes; Merrill Moore, Jimmy Bryant, Speedy West, Tex Ritter, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and Merle Travis aka Shug Fisher. The lesser known who can give the famous a run for their money comprise of; Jeanne Gayle, Ramblin’ Jimmie Dolan, Bob Roubian, Helen O’Connell and The Farmer Boys, and as always there are more artists to hear on the album.
Cliffie Stone was inducted into; the Academy of Country Music Pioneer (1972), the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame (1979), the Western Swing Society Hall of Fame (1987), the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Hollywood Walk of Fame (both in 1989). The anthology perfectly complements many of the previous Atomicat Hillbilly centred albums which the public have been purchasing and continues a winning formula.
Our albums have; stunning design, sleeve notes, songs mastered for the best possible sound. The disc is housed in an attractively designed cardboard sleeve, specially designed to avoid the use of plastic and be environmentally friendly. You are listening to music from the past and preserving the future!