Out today! From Americana Highways for Bob's new album "Hello Out There", by Melissa Clarke (find the full write-up at https://americanahighways.org/2022/02/22/song-premiere-bob-davoli-sam-stone/):
Americana Highways is hosting this premiere of Bob Davoli’s interpretation of John Prine’s song “Sam Stone.” The song will be on Davoli’s new album, "Hello Out There", due out on April 8 via Gutbrain Records. "Hello Out There" was produced by Bob Davoli; engineered and mixed by Eric Kilburn of Wellspring Sound; and mastered by Toby Mountain of Northeastern Digital. Bob Davoli plays a James Olson guitar, Model SJ.
This version of “Sam Stone” is Kevin Barry on dobro; Bob Davoli on lead vocals and guitar; and Jesse Williams on bass. It’s a lovely tribute, with Davoli’s vulnerable and lovely vocals.
“Sam Stone” is a quintessential John Prine narrative song. It poignantly tells the story of a troubled veteran ravaged by a senseless war. His use of imagery and metaphor are exemplary, enabling the listener to feel and imagine the plight of the veteran. What’s more, John told this complete story in only four minutes with only three verses. The power of simplicity has always been a hallmark of Prine’s writing. — Bob Davoli