Interview: Drew Druckery of Stone Soup

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Stone Soup are blues rock at its best, with a classic style and solid chops. They’re also smart enough to have been patient with bringing the band along. Over the past couple of years, they have methodically gone from cutting a demo and digging up gigs to steadily building a following while working on their CD Roots. The whole thing is paying off handsomely. Instead making a common mistake—pushing a rushed product to market and then trying to hustle up an audience before the disc is obsolete—the guys have something to show for themselves and a faithful core of fans to show it to.

Also in the Daily Planet, read Dwight Hobbes on Roots.

Not that everything has gone smooth as silk—every group in the business hits bumps in the road—but Stone Soup, led by Drew Druckery, has persevered. The CD release show for Roots is May 9 at Mayslack’s in Northeast Minneapolis.

How’d you pull Stone Soup together?
Stone Soup started as a three-piece with myself, bassist Nate Fowler, and drummer Brett Behrens. As we continued to grow together, we decided to bring in our good friend and former bandmate Mark Nicpon to further strengthen our sound. Next was the addition of keyboardist Derek Rohlf. This lineup continued for about two years. The decision was made to bring in bassist Chris Hunnicutt, and this is the lineup that exists today.

Why did you do it?
When I put this band together I really wanted to bring all of my favorite sounds together. Bands like the Allman Brothers Band with their two-guitar interplay, mixed with the power of Led Zeppelin and the groove of Bob Marley. I was also interested in vocal harmonies like those of the Beatles and the Eagles. A lot of Stone Soup’s sound comes from these sources.

How did you start out in music?
I come from a very musical family. Everyone plays some kind of instrument, or they sing. I just remember always being around music. It just seemed right, so naturally I decided to make it my life.

It took two years and more, from the demo until now, to put an album on the market. Were you guys ascribing to a better-right-than-just-right-now credo? Lazy? Distracted? What took so long?
Part of the reason it has taken so long to release the album was personnel change. We had already finished up work on our first CD, Zen For Primates, when the decision was made to replace our bassist. Some of the songs on the album where written by him, so we decided to scratch the album and start over. It also gave us a chance for Derek Rohlf to have some input into the writing process, as well as to bring Chris Hunnicutt’s talents out front.

Has your fan following held fast over that time?
It has been interesting, to say the least. We have not been doing as many shows because we wanted to really tune things up so we can give our best to the audience. The shows we have done have been really positive.

What’s next for Stone Soup?
To continue to grow as a band, and to give the audience a great live experience.

Dwight Hobbes is a writer based in the Twin Cities. He contributes regularly to the TC Daily Planet.