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Allen Stone performs four songs on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert

UPDATED: Tue., March 31, 2020

Singer-songwriter and musician Allen Stone of Chewelah sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” before an NCAA basketball game between Gonzaga and North Carolina in Spokane on Dec. 18. (Young Kwak / AP)
Singer-songwriter and musician Allen Stone of Chewelah sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” before an NCAA basketball game between Gonzaga and North Carolina in Spokane on Dec. 18. (Young Kwak / AP)

Chewelah-born soul and R&B singer-songwriter and musician Allen Stone’s four-song Tiny Desk Concert performance on NPR was posted on npr.com today, and NPR writer Bobby Carter had nothing but praise for Stone.

“I can’t recall an artist so committed to making their Tiny Desk Concert memorable. I’d met with Allen Stone weeks prior to go over priorities, expectations and the usual formalities, but this was different,” Carter wrote.

“His questions about how to prepare for the Tiny Desk signaled to me that he held this platform in the highest regard and that this wasn’t just any appearance.”

Carter also wrote of the Washington state native: Stone “has a voice that we simply don’t come across often. The old saying goes, “He could sing the phone book and make it sound good.”

Stone, who turned 33 on March 13, was equal in his praise for Tiny Desk: “It’s a breath of fresh air for me that this is the way people want to hear music.”

Stone’s four-song setlist was “American Privilege,” “Give You Blue,” “Brown Eyed Lover” and “Consider Me.” Stone was scheduled to headline Knitting Factory Spokane on March 23 before the coronavirus pandemic hit. His latest album, “Building Balance,” was released on Nov. 8.

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