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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Stonefield Rocks!


And now, Weekend Update

with Chevy Chase!

 Why don't we try 
 that thing with 
 the blindfold, 
 whipped cream 
 and a flock of 


 gotta go! 

 Hello, I'm Chevy Chase and you're not. 

 Our top story tonight... 
 Generalissimo Francisco Franco is still dead. 

 And now, in keeping with our policy 
 to present responsible opposing viewpoints, 
 here with an editorial reply is Emily Litella. 

 What's all this fuss I keep hearing... 
 about Seinfeld playing rock music? 
  Doesn't he make enough money as a comedian? 
 Does he think he has to be a rock star, too? 

 Uh, Miss Litella... 

 Why should Seinfeld have all the glory? 
  Elaine, George and Kramer aren't 
 good enough to join his band? 
 And what about Newman?... 

 Miss Litella... 

 Does Seinfeld sing songs about nothing? 
  Not that there's anything wrong with that! 

 Miss Litella... 

 What? What?... 

 The up-and-coming rock band that 
 everybody's talking about is Stonefield
 not Seinfeld.....Stonefield

 Oh...well that's very different... 

 Never mind! 

They've been called the female equivalent of Deep Purple.
Stonefield is an Australian band made up of four sisters, 
Amy, Hannah, Sarah, and Holly Findlay.

 "Black Water Rising" (June 2011 single, 
  double A side with "Yes Master") 

Born in a small rural town in Victoria, the Findlay girls
grew up listening to the music their parents loved - 
old school classic rock of the 70s.

The sisters became avid fans of edgy bands
that included Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix,
Fleetwood Mac and Frank Zappa.

 "Put Your Curse On Me" (July 2013 single, 
 track from October 2013 album Stonefield) 

The girls learned to play instruments
and in 2006 formed a band.

  "Love You Deserve"  
 (track from Oct. 2013 album Stonefield) 

The Findlays developed into a sensational act
with a soulful, psychedelic, glam rock sound.

 "Yes Master" (June 2011 single, 
 double A side with "Black Water Rising") 

Calling themselves Stonefield, the sisters played
locally and won battle of the band competitions.

They progressed to making records and
cultivated an international following.

  "Through the Clover"  
 (track from Nov. 2010 EP Through the Clover) 

The Findlay girls write most of their own material
and flavor their rock recipe with killer kovers.

All of the songs you are listening to in this post are
originals written by the gifted sisters of Stonefield.

  "Ruby Skies"  
 (track from May 2012 EP Bad Reality) 

And there you have it, Stonefield (not Seinfeld)... of the best bands in the land down under
or any other... four sisters who are keeping
classic 70s rock alive by performing it
authentically to the delight of their
many fans around the world.

 And now as a public service to those 
 of our viewers who have difficulty 
 with their hearing, I will repeat the 
 lead story of the day aided by the 
 headmaster of the New York School for 
 the Hard of Hearing, Mr. Garrett Morris. 
 Our top story tonight... 


 Generalissimo Francisco Franco 
 is still dead.


 Goodnight and have a pleasant tomorrow. 



  1. You're on a roll, Mr. Shady. This is another great parody. I never heard of Stonefield before but you're right, they do rock, and I hope to hear more from them.

    1. Hi, Kathryn! Thanks for being the early bird. Actually I had a different post scheduled for today but remembered that I had this one in the can and decided to run it to coincide with the SNL 40th Anniversary broadcast.

      I am completely sold on this band of Aussie sisters known as Stonefield. It always excites me when modern teenagers take an interest in the music and culture of the mid 20th century and these young ladies know their stuff and authentically produce the sounds of 70s classic rock.

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear Kathryn, and have a terrific Tuesday!

  2. Hello from the frozen north...I swear it's never going to end! At least the music here is hot enough to melt my keyboard so I can comment! They are an amazing group of kiddos...with sweet looking faces and voices that just don't match sweet! I've never heard of them, but that's not surprising from this music school dropout! However they do have the 70's flavor but they keep it very fresh and new. The song "Put your curse on me" really screamed 70's to me more than the rest. Great way to help celebrate SNL Anniversary...I forgot how young Chevy Chase was! But then weren't we all 40yrs ago??? Have a great sunny, warm day down there..and maybe if you put a fan in your yard you could blow a little warm air up here? My brother Greg is visiting my brother Phil in Florida for the next couple of weeks...I'm so jealous..dang it!

    1. Hi, dear YaYa! Thank you very much for coming! I'm thrilled to know that you enjoyed the sounds of Stonefield, a band described as the female equivalent of Deep Purple. This is no karaoke act. These gals are for real and they really rock. It amazes me how they learned to play instruments at such an early age and perform such an enjoyable style of updated classic rock.

      Yessum, we were all young 40 years ago. In fact, I was minus 10 at the time!

      Mrs. Shady says I'm full of hot air so maybe I can simply speak in a northerly direction and warm things up for you. Please be patient. There are only a few more months.. uh...I mean WEEKS of winter remaining and soon you, Jack, the grandkiddos and the Yeti will all be floating around in that backyard pool of yours.

      Thank you again for coming by, dear friend YaYa. Keep warm and have a fabulous day!

  3. Chevy Chase didn't look like that the other night, live. I didn't recognize him.

    I like this band. Definitely not your normal genre!

    1. Hi, Susie-Q! I'm delighted to see you and to know that you enjoyed Stonefield. You're right. This girl band has found a niche that's a far cry from the pop pablum many teenage singers perform these days. It's refreshing!

      I've been watching Chevy on Community in recent years and he certainly does look different now but, then again, don't we all?

      Thank you very much for your visit and comment, dear friend Susie!

  4. Wow! Can those girls ROCK, Shady!
    I really enjoyed these sisters Downunder. It's hard to pick a favorite, I really loved them all! The Singer's voice had the harshness of Joan Jett. The riffs were reminiscent of my some of my fav 70's rock bands, Heart,Nazareth, Bad Co. etc. It's hard for me to pick just one today but, I really loved, "Yes Master" !
    What has happened to Rock? Is it a dying phrase? Electronic/rave music seems to be the big thing right now for our youths! Thank God you dug down deep and found these lovelies!
    Now, for your opener, How Clever to use Chevy and Emily! They (and you) are soooo funny! What a great reunion NBC showed on SNL on Sunday night! Maybe Chevy was the first Mr. Grey--a er. . . never mind!!!!
    Toni Deroche

    1. Hi, dear Toni! Wow, what a wonderful comment from you, my special friend! I'm thrilled to know that you and other readers see and hear the greatness in this Stonefield band. The sister that sings lead has powerful pipes and the girls all do a great job on their instruments and performing in these videos. I already own their full CD and one of their EPs and have been searching high and low for their other EP but it doesn't seem to be available anymore. Every track of theirs is first rate rock and very refreshing in this era of synthetic machine made drum beats and droning trance music.

      I'm also very happy to know I gave you a chuckle or two with my Chevy and Gilda bit, plus the Garrett Morris thing at the end. I had fun putting this post together and I'm glad you had fun reading it and listening to these rockin' songs, all of which were penned by the sisters down under.

      Thank you again for dropping in, dear friend Toni, and enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

  5. I'm loving this group! And I had never heard of them till this post, but baby they are on my radar now!

    The first song Black Water Rising reminded me of Heart, for some reason. I have a tendency to associate groups with the sounds of other groups, ha ha. Couldn't you just see the Wilson sisters wailing on that one?

    Then I listened to Put Your Curse on Me - I'm all over that video. Love the sound, the visual imagery and WOW! That is a keeper.

    But no wonder these singles rose to the top - these are great tunes. And I'm thrilled to see they are alive and well right NOW, singing down under. Awesome.

    Through the Clover sounds like something that could have been on the stage at Woodstock or Altamont.

    Ruby Skies is also good, but my least favorite of the bunch, but it is still a fine piece.

    Wonderful post, Shady! I love to hear music that is totally new to me; that is once of the truly great things about your blog. Thanks, dear friend!

    1. Hi, dear Cherdo! Thank you for popping in. I'm very happy to know that you also give a thumbs up to Stonefield. I agree that their material could have been performed by the early incarnation of Heart and other girl bands of the 70s. I am most impressed with the fact that young Findlay sisters wrote all of these instant classics themselves, the mark of a great band.

      Stonefield was new to me, too, until a couple of months ago when I discovered their videos on YouTube. I hope they continue to break internationally because they are very deserving of mainstream success stateside. For years, 1950s and 60s nostalgia has been rampant. Perhaps the time has come for the 1970s to take the spotlight for a while and Stonefield should lead the charge.

      Thank you again for your visit and generous comments, dear friend Cherdo. Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday!

  6. Hi Shady, I really liked Deep Purple, especially their early albums. I never heard of this group, but enjoyed all the selections. Might even buy their CD if I can find it among the Rap junk.

    1. Hi, Jerre! Thanks for dropping by, good buddy. I'm delighted to see you again and pleasantly surprised to discover that you enjoyed the sisters from Oz - Stonefield. I own their 5-track EP, Through the Clover, and their eponymous CD. Their other EP, Bad Reality, is very hard to find right now, but I will keep searching because I love the sounds these ladies make. Be careful if and when you purchase a Stonefield CD because there is also a male band called Stonefield that sounds like Ronnie James Dio during his stint with Rainbow (not that there's anything wrong with that).

      Thank you again for checking in, Jerre. I hope your year is going well and I look forward to you next visit. Take care!

    2. I do like more than just doo-wop. Example being Deep Purple. I rarely miss a post, just don't comment just to comment. Doing well, but can't wait for this winter to end. Can't take the cold and shoveling snow like in my younger days. Later, Jerre

    3. I've been down here 31 years so all that is just a distant memory for me, good buddy, but I do remember scraping my windshield and digging out from inches of snow when it was time to leave the Dell some winter nights. John was always on hand for an assist if needed.

      I'm glad you're still with me, good buddy. Believe it or not I have at least three more years of fresh new material in the pipeline so please stay tuned!

  7. Wow, dear Shady, another amazing post. I have never heard of Stonefield before and glancing at others' comments it looks as if I am not alone, so it's all good. :) They have a unique sound, too. (giving them a thumbs up). :)

    1. Hi, dear Linda! Thank you very much for taking time for a visit today. Stonefield was brand new to me, too. It was only recently when I started getting interested in millennial rock and heavy metal bands that I discovered these gifted sibs. I'm thrilled to know that Stonefield earns a thumbs up from you and from everybody else who has commented thus far. It goes to show that we can all learn to appreciate different genres of music, produced in different decades and originating from different countries.

      Thank you again, dear friend Linda, for your visit and kind comments. Enjoy your evening and I'll chat with you tomorrow over at your place.

  8. Well, Shady here I am in Brisbane, Australia and I have never heard of the fabulous Stonefield!!!

    Thank you for enlightening me.

    Oh Shady these girls have IT!! Haven't they nailed the passionate, so talented...and so gorgeous!! Bravo Stonefield sisters!!

    Bet their parents are proud!!!!!!

    Molly Meldrum (our famous Australian rock guru) would just adore these girls!!! In the 60s and 70s Molly had a TV show called "Countdown"...fabulous. He showcased heaps of great bands e.g. Skyhooks, Madonna, Abba on Countdown...and the rest, as they say, is history! Molly is still doing longer hosting Countdown....but he's still a legend here in Australia!! Real rock royalty!

    Thanks again Shady.



    1. Hi, dear Robyn! thank you very much for coming up to see me today. Isn't it curious how you live in close proximity to the Findlays (much closer than the rest of us ) and yet somehow never heard of their band called Stonefield. I am very happy to learn that you enjoyed listening to their psychedelic glam rock sound and that you also like the way they present themselves visually. I think they've got a great thing going and hope their fame continues to spread around the globe.

      Thank you for telling me about Molly Meldrum and his Countdown show. I just got on YouTube and glanced through a few of clips from the show. It seemed to be more loosely structured than American and British music programs of the period.

      Thank you again for your visit and wonderful comments, dear friend Robyn, and enjoy the rest of your Wednesday in Brisbane!

  9. Like the other commenters before me, I've too never heard of Stonefield but then I guess that's hardly surprising as I have a habit of switching off to most modern music. I particularly enjoyed 'Put Your Curse On Me', and I love how well they match their visuals to the decade that inspires them.

    1. Hi, dear Faye! Thank you for staying up late to comment on my post. I appreciate it. I suppose for the time being Stonefield is limited to an enthusiastic cult following and have not yet become well known throughout the civilized world. I hope that soon changes because the band is doing a great job of making classic rock fresh and relevant again. If you examine the clothing styles the girls are wearing in the pictures and in their performance videos you will get a good idea of how fashionable, trendy young people dressed in the 70s.

      Thank you again for making time for me tonight, dear friend Faye. Good night to you and enjoy your Wednesday in England!

  10. I love Black Water Rising. Rock out with me Sir Babe Of The Night. Do you ever play super loud music to try to frighten away the relatives? I remember someone--Pablo Escobar?--and the U.S. wanted him to give himself up so they played very loud music non-stop, especially You're No Good, sung by Linda Ronstadt. Of course, I might be wrong about the whole thing. What day is it? My tummy still hurts.


    1. Hello and good morning, dear Janie Junebug! Thank you very much for coming. I'm sorry you still have a tummy ache. Were you and WDW playing Fear Factor and he got you to swallow one of those dead lizards whole? Your wild hallucinatory ramblings lead me to believe that delirium has set in. I'm never sure of what day it is. All I know for sure is that I'm Baby Del Knight and you're not. I used to play my music super loud but discovered that Lawrence Welk's Champagne Orchestra sounds better at medium volume. I'm very happy to know that you enjoyed at least one of the songs by Australia's Stonefield.

      Thank you again for the visit and please get well soon, dear friend Janie!

    2. You made me laugh. Hard and out loud. Oh, no, the hard is WDW.

    3. Hi again, dear Janie! I hope your laughing fit didn't trigger another episode of incontinence. I'd hate to be responsible for soiling your knickers!

    4. You're not supposed to tell about that. I trusted you, dude.



    7. You're not supposed to tell about that. I trusted you, dude.

    8. Never trust a man named Shady. I'm sorry I let the cat out of the bag, dear Janie, but the good news is it yielded four additional comments from you.

      (This is the reply to the first of your additional comments.)

    9. Never trust a man named Shady. I'm sorry I let the cat out of the bag, dear Janie, but the good news is it yielded four additional comments from you.

      (This is the reply to the second of your additional comments.)

    10. Never trust a man named Shady. I'm sorry I let the cat out of the bag, dear Janie, but the good news is it yielded four additional comments from you.

      (This is the reply to the third of your additional comments.)

    11. Never trust a man named Shady. I'm sorry I let the cat out of the bag, dear Janie, but the good news is it yielded four additional comments from you.

      (This is the reply to the fourth of your additional comments.)

  11. Really reminded me of other rock groups from the late 60s and 70s that I couldn't understand half the words to then, either--LOL! These girls really have the sound down, though. Unusual to have the drummer as the main singer of the band. She is definitely the featured artist on every video. I was wondering if she was the oldest and writes the songs, too?

    1. Hello and welcome, dear Rita! Thank you for bringing Karma over to my Stonefield concert in the park. Yessum, these girls capture the authentic rock sound that millions loved in the 70s before hip hop and rap took over the airwaves. In every song and on every video, Stonefield proves that old school is cool.

      It is my understanding that all four of the Findlay sisters contribute to the songwriting.

      Thank you again for being here for me, dear friend Rita. Please give Karma a hug and have a wonderful Wednesday!

  12. Hey Shady,

    Love the post including Chevy Chase :) go the Griswalds and i haven't heard of the Stonefields but they're lookin' pretty funky. It's so funny to hear you mention Countdown hahaha:) truly part of our vernacular and quite a cultural institution here. Nice to see you picking up readers in the great southern land :) keep safe cheers Allie-Millie

    1. Hello, dear Allie-Millie! Thank you for coming. I especially thank you for acknowledging my SNL bit featuring Chevy Chase and for referencing his hit movie, National Lampoon's Vacation, one of my all time favorite comedies.

      "This is crazy, this is crazy, this is crazy."

      I only mentioned Countdown because your Aussie neighbor Robyn in Brisbane told me about it first. Were you a fan of the show? It seems hard to believe that the two Australian followers who left comments so far never heard of their native Stonefield band. Yessum, I have a nice little collection of followers in Australia, five in all at last count. Perhaps one of the others will report in and reveal that they know about Stonefield.

      Thank you very much for spending part of your Wednesday in the Shady, dear friend Allie-Millie. Enjoy the rest of your day!

    2. Hey Shady,

      Yes a Countdown tragic LOL - and Molly is a living treasure :) cheers Allie-Millie

    3. It's good to know he's still living. It makes me sad to think about Dick Clark, Hy Lit, Lloyd Thaxton, Buddy Deane and other hosts of American music variety TV programs who left us too soon. Thank you for the follow-up, dear friend Allie-Millie!

  13. Thank you for the laugh.................that is all I have today, Tim keeps wanting me to help him with stuff and I want to blog can't do both.........bugga.........well not at the same time

    1. Hi, dear Jo-Anne! I'm glad I made you laugh with my spoof of Saturday Night Live. I have found that blogging is one activity that does not lend itself very well to multitasking. It requires complete concentration.

      Thank you very much for your visit and cheery comment, dear friend Jo-Anne!

  14. you're hilarious by the way.
    what a great group of gals! and so very impressive that they can play and sing and write. and it's the really good stuff! i really enjoyed 'Put your curse on me', and the clover one was great too.
    they also reminded me a little bit of Haim. have you heard of them? though i think they lean towards the indie and alternative rock side, they grew up inspired by the greats, too.
    thanks for sharing this group, i think i found another favorite!
    -Abigail and Daisy

    1. Hi, dear Abigail and Daisy! I am very excited and happy to have you over this evening, especially knowing that you enjoyed Stonefield, a band that has totally won me over. To b honest, I never heard of Haim, but I just came from YouTube where I watched portions of half a dozen of their videos including their live performance on SNL. I also did some reading on them and appreciate the similarities between them and Stonefield. Both bands are sister acts, both sets of sisters were born into musical families, learned to play their own instruments and write their own songs (a far cry from traditional 50s and 60s "girl groups" that merely sang songs provided by their record label and were backed by session musicians). I think it's interesting that Haim performs in a more pop style on their studio albums and in videos but rocks out to a greater extent in live shows. If I was their manager I'd steer them away from pop and let them become a more edgy act.

      Thank you again for your kind visit and generous comments, dear friend Abigail. Please smooch little Daisy for me and I'll be connecting with you again soon. (Thank you for the compliment, too. I am delighted to know that you appreciate my humor.)

  15. Hi Shadey. I always see your entertaining comments over at YaYa's and a few others blogs and thought I'd stop by.

    Admittedly, I only listened part way though the first video but I'm hearing something of a Stevie Nicks sound. Sto(why can't I make that interesting little O?)nefied sounds like a group worth noting. Thanks for this. And I love the entertaining Gildaesque way in which you introduced them. Thanks also for that.


    1. Hi, Hilary! Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories! I am delighted to see you and I thank you very much for paying me a visit. For quite some time I have been noticing your comments on the blogs of mutual friends. It's a pleasure to meet you!

      I am very happy to know that this post resonated with you, Hilary. The Findlay sisters were undoubtedly influenced by Stevie and Fleetwood Mac both in their music and in their style of dress.

      It also pleases me to learn that you enjoyed my version of the classic Emily Litella sketch on SNL.

      I'm going to end this sentence with a proposition. Why don't you and I become friends and followers? I would be very grateful to have you join YaYa and our other friends here for music, memories and laughs. I promise that you will always receive a warm welcome and a personalized reply when you are kind enough to leave a comment.

      Thank you again for your visit and thoughtful remarks, dear Hilary. I hope to see you again soon. Enjoy the rest of your Thursday!

  16. Ooh theses girls are great! I'm really loving their sound and style - thanks so much for sharing, Shady! Shall be keeping an ear out for these lovely ladies.

    1. Hi, dear Lucy in the Sky! Thank you very much for popping in today. You are the third Australian friend to tell me that you enjoy the Stonefield band but never heard of them. I hope their fame continues to spread across Australia and around the world because they've got the authentic look and sound of the rockin' 70s.

      It's was so nice of you to come, dear friend Lucy. If I don't make it over to your blog tonight then I will surely do so in the morning (my time). Meantime have a wonderful Friday, dear Lucy!

  17. Findlay girls. I haven't heard of them. I'm missing a loooot! Thanks for keeping me in the loop. :D

    1. Hi, dear SuperLux! It's good to see you, my friend. Don't worry about it. Until very recently I never heard of the Findlays or their Stonefield band. Moreover, my Australian followers never heard of them either. I'm happy to introduce them to you and I hope you enjoyed listening to them and watching their video performances.

      Have a wonderful week ahead, dear friend SuperLux!

  18. I was here earlier but had to leave so I finished the songs today.

    You said, "Every track of theirs is first rate rock..." I totally agree. I like to see young women like this playing the instruments and writing the songs. It isn't my taste in rock music but they are terrific.

    I liked 'Love You Deserve' and 'Ruby Skies' the best. Thanks for introducing them to all of us.

    1. Hi, dear Belle! Thank you very much for visiting my back pages. It is exciting when young people, especially siblings, learn to play musical instruments, write their own songs and perform a specific style of music convincingly. Stonefield brings us the authentic look, sound and feel of classic rock of the late 60s and 70s.

      Thank you for giving Stonefield a look and a listen, dear friend Belle. I hope you and your family are doing fine and I will connect with you again soon. God bless!


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