Tip! *2022 stock.* Maine’s finest lonesome folkie back in the days of Woodstock was Bill Stone, who released one album on his own back in 1969. This classic ballad structure sounds like the voice of Tom Rapp and the quiet desolation of Leonard Cohen with more elevated psych guitar moves oscillating in and out of the mix.
"The psychedelically inclined folksinger Bill Stone recorded his lone album, “Stone,” in 1969, singing through a walrus mustache inside a Maine pottery studio. It may seem as if all young men dwelling under that era’s existential clouds spent 1969 recording folk albums in pottery studios, but Stone casts his own kind of wintry haze on this album, singing, at times, as a guitar solos alongside him in cool discordance. Released regionally in an early-seventies micro-pressing, the record reached only a few ears—not exactly lost, but never quite found—and Stone soon shifted his focus to a career in education. Now his LP gets its first major pressing through Galactic Zoo Dossier, a Chicago magazine and recording imprint that specializes in such psychedelic excavation jobs. The album exudes its era’s warmth and weirdness; though now sanctified with a proper release, it maintains the air of a secret." - Jay Ruttenberg, The New Yorker