Capitol Theatre to present Allen Stone

Capitol Theatre to present Allen Stone

Photo courtesy of ATO RECORDS
As a songwriter, soul artist Allen Stone explores intensely personal matters on “Radius Deluxe.”

CLEARWATER – While on tour with Daryl Hall & John Oates and Tears For Fears, Allen Stone will make an exclusive solo stop in Clearwater, headlining on Thursday, June 8, 8 p.m., at Capitol Theatre, 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater.

Stone is on the road in support of “Radius Deluxe,” his latest album release. For a complete list of tour dates, visit www.a­llens­tone.­com.

Tickets start at $15. Call 727-791-7400 or visit www.a­tthec­­m.

On his third full-length album, the soul artist proves himself deeply devoted to making uncompromisingly soulful music that transcends all pop convention. Made in collaboration with Swedish soul singer/songwriter Magnus Tingsek, “Radius” captures the warm energy of that creative connection and transports the listener to a higher and more exalted plane. Just last year, ATO Records released “Radius Deluxe,” which includes a second disc of seven bonus tracks that didn’t make the original record release.

“Radius” marks the follow-up to the Chewelah, Washington-bred 28-year-old’s self-released and self-titled 2011 sophomore effort that climbed to the top 10 on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart.

Culled from several dozen songs penned through a year and a half of constant writing and refining, “Radius Deluxe” bears a title that reflects both its scope and intimacy.

“I am very excited for ‘Bed I Made’ to finally be released to the public,” Stone said in a press release in reference to the new bonus tracks added. “It’s a song that has long been a favorite of my audience and I’m glad that they will finally have a studio version.”

“Radius” first began to come to life back in the fall of 2013, when Stone headed to Sweden to join in a writing session with Tingsek, according to an artist biography provided by ATO Records.

Along with immersing himself in a songwriting approach that involved unflinching examination of “some very dark and negative moments in my life,” Stone shaped the sound and feel of “Radius” by pushing himself to “get past the boundaries of what I felt comfortable with, so that I could progress into a whole new level of creativity.” Despite that sometimes daunting process, “Radius” wholly reveals Stone’s easy grace in blending everything from edgy soul-pop and earthy folk-rock to throwback R&B and Parliament-inspired funk.

Equally introspective and outwardly searching, Radius also finds Stone exploring intensely personal matters, such as depression on the acoustic guitar-woven ballad “Circle.” Showing his skill at crafting a killer love song as well, Stone looks at heartbreak and regret on the electric piano-infused “I Know That I Wasn’t Right,” slips into hopeless romanticism on the R&B pastiche “Barbwire,” and unleashes some starry-eyed affection on the dance floor-ready “Symmetrical.”

“I think you really grow as a musician when you’re playing right in front of people, and for me constantly growing and progressing and getting better is really the most important thing,” Stone said. “There’ve been times in my life when records were my saving grace and really helped me to figure out who I am, and I’d love for my music to have that kind of impact on a kid who’s looking for his or her own place in this life. Because I absolutely believe that if you’re going to stand at a microphone and say something, you need to recognize that as a privilege. You’ve got to be incredibly careful about it, and really put all your heart into the message that you’re sending out into the world.”

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