S T O K E S
AN AMAZING DREAM COME TRUE STORY
FROM WOUNDED WAR VETERAN
TO ROCK STAR GUITARIST AND SONGWRITER
HEAR BILLY'S AMAZING STORY ON A EXCLUSIVE ZOOM TV EVENT ON INTERVIEWING THE LEGENDS
Billy Stokes is a rock guitarist & songwriter from Tucson, Arizona. He went to So Cal and tried to make it but ended up in the military... the army to be exact. He traded his guitar for a gun and found himself in Germany. In 1997, Billy Stokes was injured in the line of duty. When he was released from the hospital he decided to pick up where he left off decades before and began writing the songs that appear on his powerful album Muscle & Blood. The album features rock legends … Frank Marino, Pat Travers, Les Dudek, Barry Sparks, and Marc Storace of the Swiss rock giant Krokus. The album received the Producers Choice Awards 2020 Best Rock Album.
Pat Travers plays lead guitar on the songs “Firestorm” and “Money Slave” while Les Dudek plays lead guitar on “Down On Me” and “Fort Stockton Boogie.” The amazing Frank Marino of Mahogany Rush plays lead guitar on “The Beast.” Storace sings all 16 songs including the Robin Trower classic “Twice Removed From Yesterday.”
Guitarist Billy Stokes has also worked with Legendary Drummers Carmine and Vinny Appice, Heavy Metal Bassist Rudy Sarzo and Drumming great Corky Laing.
Stokes recently teamed up with Mike Varney producer, guitarist, and label owner. They are scheduled to record a new album with such greats as drummer Ansley Dunbar and special guests. They are finalizing the song arrangements and are very excited.
On a personal note, Billy recently rescued his in laws from the Ukraine.
THE LATEST RELEASE
‘MUSCLE & BLOOD’
IT’S HARD ROCK EUPHORIA AT ITS VERY BEST! (5) STARS!
It’s like All the great hard rock bands of the 70s rolled into one album...
Shades of Humble Pie ...Nazareth...
Judas Priest... and AC/DC
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WEEK OF APRIL 17TH 2022
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The Rock Star Chronicles, by Ray Shasho, is a splendid book written by a music enthusiast who has poured their heart and soul into it. It’s a story of a boy who loved rock music, and his obsessive passion of it earned himself the name Rock Raymond. He went to school but instead was schooled in all matters of music while his peers were buried chin-deep in coursework. He then became a radio DJ and has now compiled a book on all interviews he held with Rock gods who raided the airwaves back in the 70s and 80s. It’s a compilation of interviews with outstanding vocalists, legendary guitarists and crazy drummers in the rock music scene. Each interview gives a reader an in-depth view into their personal lives and the philosophies that guide their lives which all serve to humanize these great icons. For readers who are old enough to call themselves baby boomers this book will bring old memories back to life. Millennials, on the other hand, may think of this book as a literal work of the Carpool Karaoke show.
The Rock Star Chronicles is a book I didn’t know I was waiting for. To come across a book that will talk me into trying something new. One brave enough to incite me to venture into new frontiers. This book made me a believer- I am now a bona fide Rock and Roll music fan.
Ray Shasho masterfully gets the interviewees talking. He smartly coaxes answers from them with crafty questions designed to get a story rolling out of them. The artists talk about diverse issues ranging from music, politics, and their social engagements. Having been on the music seen all his life, Ray Shasho knows the buttons to press, how to get them comfortable about talking about their lives.
The book’s cover is befitting of its subject matter with the leather look offering a royal background to the golden letter print. It speaks to how high a level rock music holds in the pecking order- arguably, modern music as we know it has originated from blues and rock music. The second noteworthy thing is the use of high-definition pictures to reference the musician being interviewed in every sub-chapter. This ensures that the book is for both original rock and roll lovers and aspiring new ones. Together is makes for a refreshing and consistently enjoyable read.
I recommend this book to rock music enthusiasts, aspiring musicians wondering what it takes and all readers curious to learn new things by going back in time.