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Allen Stone, right, accompanied by Trevor Larkin perform for a Field Recordings video backstage at Sasquatch! Music Fest (NPR)

Allen Stone: A Rollicking Moment, Performed On The Wind

Nov 1, 2012 (KEXP-FM)

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Stephen Thompson

"I feel like Zeus," Allen Stone announces with a laugh as gusts of wind whip his long hair in dramatic fashion. With a mountainous vista behind him, he's found himself in the kind of majestic rock 'n' roll moment that requires a callout to Kenny Loggins' "Danger Zone" — is there ever a bad time to invoke The Log? — seeing as how it takes place during the 2012 Sasquatch! Music Festival in rural Washington state.

Usually, Stone performs his bluesy soul with the aid of a crack band, but here, we got the 25-year-old belter to perform his single "Sleep" — usually a big, rollicking rave-up — with just a guitarist (Trevor Larkin, performing unplugged) to supplement Stone's voice. Channeling Stevie Wonder in all but appearance, Stone demonstrates here that his sound can withstand just about anything, even as it's stripped down to its skeleton and performed on the wind.

Credits

Producers: Mito Habe-Evans, Saidah Blount; Videographers: Jim Beckmann, Mito Habe-Evans, Scott Holpainen; Audio Engineers: Matt Ogaz, Kevin Wait; Production Assistant: Nick Michael; Special Thanks to: Sasquatch! Music Festival, Live Nation; Executive Producers: Anya Grundmann, Keith Jenkins.

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