Biography

Brian Stoltz…played in a funky and blistering way…and he had articulate schemes…Brian’s licks were thought out like piano patterns. He could play James Booker piano licks on the guitar.”  – Bob Dylan, Chronicles, Vol. 1

Brian Stoltz has released four solo albums, has toured and recorded with Rock ‘n Roll Royalty and has performed on a string of recordings – playing, producing or writing for various artists. Basing his art on street virtuosity, raw emotion and a stinging signature style, he is becoming known as New Orleans’ premiere guitarist and songwriter extraordinaire.

While touring, writing and recording throughout the 80′s with the world-renowned Neville Brothers Band and for fourteen years with The funky Meters, Brian has created unique, original bodies of work. In addition to being in demand as a phenomenal guitarist, his skill as a songwriter has caught the attention of artists like Aaron Neville, The Neville Brothers, Coco Montoya, The Wild Magnolias, Zydeco artist Zachary Richard and writer/film director’s John Sayles and Alex Lemay.

Never satisfied with the stereotype of a funk guitarist, and being a chameleon by nature, Brian’s unmistakable sound has been featured on recordings by artists as diverse as Dylan, Edie Brickell, Linda Ronstadt, the Neville Brothers, Dr. John, The funky Meters and Aaron Neville.  His panoramic career also includes the release of four solo albums including Up All Night/Live (2007), God, Guns & Money (2005) and East Of Rampart Street (2003) and the now out-of-print Starving Buddha (1999).

His television appearances include The Tonight Show (with Jay Leno & Johnny Carson), Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, Austin City Limits, Cinemax and Showtime specials, and concerts with the Grateful Dead. Ever socially conscious, Brian toured, along with the Neville Brothers, U2, Peter Gabriel, the Police and Lou Reed as the torch-bearers of the first Amnesty International Tour in 1986 to raise consciousness of the fate of political prisoners around the world.

Stoltz has received awards from CMJ (College Music Journal) and the New Music Corporation for Lifetime Achievement.  His co-written Healing Chant, performed by the Neville Brothers, won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental in 1991. Brian was nominated for a 2004 Grammy in the Best Traditional Blues category for his solo rendition of You Gotta Move on Telarc Records’ Preachin’ The Blues: The Music Of Mississippi Fred McDowell.

He has performed in numerous music videos and his songs and performances have found their way to film soundtracks such as John Sayles’ City of Hope, Alex Lemay’s Desert Bayou, nominated for the 2008 Image Award (theatrical and television) and the film, The Mighty Quinn.

Brian is currently promoting his latest CD, Up All Night Live. His next solo CD, tentatively titled Fast Changing World, is scheduled for release in early 2010.

On his latest, Up All Night…Brian Stoltz proves his worth among the ghosts and current spirits roaming the halls of the blues world… Stoltz proves to be among the more accomplished and masterful blues guitarists in America.” – Glenn Alexander, Jambands.com

He’s been labeled as just a funk guitarist. This recording will change your mind. “– www.Dustmybroom.com

And, though it may be sacrilegious in some circles to compare anyone’s lyrics with Mr. Zimmerman, the title track deserves a place next to Dylan’s greatest protest songs — or any other American’s for that matter. “– Karl Kukta, Jambands.com

It is a terrific CD…it’s good to know there are sane, decent, gutsy and talented people like you on the frontlines of fighting for truth and a better world. “- Katrina Vanden Heuvel, The Nation Magazine

The record review section is no place for political discourse. And, some would argue, neither is the record bin.” Robert Fontenot, Offbeat Magazine, New Orleans, La

Brian Stoltz…has stepped up with a shot across the bow of the status quo.”  – Derek Halsey, Gritz Music Magazine.

Brian Stoltz has more to offer than just the funk. East Of Rampart Street succeeds because of Stoltz’s versatility as a songwriter.” -  Jason Songe-Where Y’at Magazine, New Orleans, LA

East Of Rampart Street is a fundamentally funky CD with smart, catchy songs that will last, a groovy disc that will sound good today, tomorrow and ten years from now.” – H. Andrew Schwartz – Offbeat Magazine, New Orleans, La

Brian thankfully concentrates on the groove first, then attacks the ears with his hot, electric solos. 7 out of these 13 cuts would get any street party off to a good start! Derek Halsey” - Gritz Magazine

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Tracks from 'Up All Night LIVE'

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