Stone Stedman's "3 Nights in Vegas" CD is like that old Donny Osmond hit, a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll. More than that, though, the 13 songs this venerable bandleader (known for decades of work on the Vegas strip,) plies his trade in songs that dabble in Cajun, Tex-Mex, mainstream country and rock, and even contemporary Top 40 pop. It is an eclectic mix but convincing in its various aspects. The multi-lingual Stedman smoothly sings in French on the John Denver-like ballad, "J'aimerai Toujour," Spanish on two songs (an Enrique Iglesias-styled Top 40 song) "Donde Vas" and the pure Mexicana of "Middle," but in English on the Freddy Fender-styled Tex -Mex-meets Cajun-concoction, "Come Home." The rest of the CD features varied textures, with the mainstream country swing of "3 Nights in Vegas" and "Ready to Try," a synth-drenched pop song called "Pride," and the country-rock of "Victims." While the range of material may at first glance seem a stretch, the versatile Stone Stedman proves his mettle by pulling it all together on the CD, "3 Nights in Vegas."
-Rice B. and the RadioIndy.com Reviewer Team
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