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Now Hear This: G.E. Smith & LeRoy Bell | Stony Hill

I'm still getting caught up on all the good albums I missed last week. Like this one.

THE PRESS RELEASE: “Considering their prodigious respective careers, the upcoming release of legendary G.E. Smith and LeRoy Bell’s Stony Hill sets the bar high. Between them, first call blues/rock guitarist Smith and revered soul/R&B singer songwriter Bell have crafted a uniquely compelling rock ’n’ soul record that’s poised to attract all music loving audiences. Why the name Stony Hill? It signifies the struggle of ‘pushing that rock up the hill,’ muses Bell. The collection chronicles an in depth look at where we stand as an American democracy without prejudice or presumption. LeRoy delves into the pulse of the American culture with his wise tone and delivers the eleven co written songs with conviction. “I’ve been looking for a great singer for 30 years, at least not just a good singer, but a great singer,” Smith recalled of first hearing Bell in 2018. “I said: ‘That’s the voice that’s the one I’ve been looking for.” Perhaps best known for his decade as the distinctively ponytailed musical director for Saturday Night Live (for which he won an Emmy), Smith’s career has also included six years with Hall & Oates at the height of their multi-platinum powers; NET (never ending tour) with Bob Dylan and Rogers Waters. Smith also was sideman to David Bowie, Mick Jagger, and Tina Turner, and bandleader for everything from the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Museum concert to Dylan’s 30th anniversary show at Madison Square Garden Meanwhile, Bell was carving out a career as a hit songwriter for the likes of Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Teddy Pendergrass and The Three Degrees, while also releasing records with duo Bell and James — including successful single Livin ’ It Up (Friday Night) — and a string of solo albums. Today the leader of his own band, LeRoy Bell and His Only Friends, Bell earned legions of new fans as a finalist in the inaugural season of TV’s smash reality music competition The X Factor in 2011 “It really intrigued me to do something that’s a little bit different and to bring my talent with his talent,” said Bell of his coming together with Smith. “[To] try to make something new; make something happen. And I think we accomplished that.”