Source:The La Jolla Light
La Jolla native Carlos Rodriguez, whose band Stone Horse’s album “Grit” is nominated for Best Rock Album at the 2014 San Diego Music Awards, attended Gillespie Cottage, La Jolla Elementary, Muirlands Junior High and La Jolla High schools. His family migrated to Pottery Canyon in the mid 1930s, following his grandfather, master potter Cornelio Rodriguez.
“My little sister and I used to hike up and down in the canyon hills when we were young,” he said. “I got into trouble in my youth, which made the front page of La Jolla Light (Seven boys in trouble), so I decided against a life of crime, opting instead to learn how to play guitar.”
Growing up during the Vietnam War-era, he hung out with his cousins listening to British blues/rock and the music of the era. He was influenced by Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Muddy Waters. His mother bought him his first guitar at La Jolla Music. Teacher Robby Lawrence taught him songs by Cream and Jimi Hendrix. He loved King Bisquit blues and Ruby and the Snakes, “my friends and I followed and hung out with these bands.”
In the late ’70s, his group “Salty Dogs” played concerts and parties. The band was comprised of sons of prominent local families. The Rolling Stones influenced their music. They started writing originals and received airplay on 101.5 KGB.
San Diego Music Academy has nominated Stone Horse’s “GRIT” as Best Rock Album of the Year!
Winners will be announced at The San Diego Music Awards Monday, October 6th at Humphrey’s By The Bay.
Special thanks to Greg Wadsworth, Bill Ray and Gene Beavers for their hard work on this album and our engineer Sven-Erik Seaholm from Kitsch & Sync productions!
Also to our band mates Arthur, Al and Dave whom we love dearly and play these songs with class and style!
And our fans who believe in us……
Danielle and Carlos
Stone Horse appears on DC Hathaway’s internet show “Coast To Coast” as “Independent Artist Of The Week”. Founders Danielle Spade (Vocals) and Carlos Rodriguez (Guitar) talk about the band and their CD “Grit” released February 2014.
Saturday, April 5 at 4pm Stone Horse will be heard on DC Coast to Coast with host D.C. Hathaway. We’re super excited to have our music heard by D.C. and the world! Please tune in to his excellent show.