I know that you're supposed to judge art on its own merit, but sometimes an artist's backstory makes for good reading. And it makes their work that much better. Tedo Stone's debut album, Good Go Bad, is one of those works.
According to the press materials, Stone's whispy voice and obvious adulation of '70s rock captured the ears of famed producer Matt Goldman at a late-night recording session. The rest, as they say, is history.
But that's not what's compelling about Tedo Stone's story (though I'm glad it happened.) To raise money for the record, Stone worked at his brother's medical supply company, delivering oxygen tanks to elderly people coming home from the hospital. The side job led to the nuanced perspectives on youth and mortality presented on Good Go Bad.
This is a hell of a debut album. The songs sound great, sure. But unlike most '70s glam rock, Stone's music is smart and will make you think about Things. And that's a great place to start.
Good Go Bad
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