Brian Stoltz… played in a funky and blistering way… more laid back 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. This 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 (2002) and the now out-of-print Starving Buddha (1999).
His television appearances with various artists 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, Cyrus: Mind of a Serial Killer by Mark A. Vadik.
Brian’s song Last Kiss, co-written with and recorded by Zachary Richard as the album’s title track recently entered the Canadian charts at #18. Brian is currently promoting his latest CD, Up All Night Live and is in the studio putting final touches on his next solo CD, tentatively titled Fast Changing World, scheduled for release in 2010.
Additional artist history and discography can be viewed at www.brianstoltz.com.