Blue Oaks is an American indie/rock project fronted by Brendan Stone founded in 2007.
Brendan has been described as one of “Certain singer-songwriters who soak up so many influences that they transcend genres.” Through infusing his love of lyrical folk music, porch blues, alternative and rock music, from solo singer-songwriter, to a full band that once had upright bass and even a musical saw player, down to just a duo at times with Cody Walker on Drums, Blue Oaks has taken many forms in it’s over 10 year span.
Working with producer Jack Shirley (Deafheaven, Joyce Manor) Blue Oaks self released a debut vinyl "Hit By A Train From New York City Blues” on December 7th, 2013.
Stone made a move to Austin, TX in 2014. With a storybook of songs in tote spanning his life from 2005-2014. Studio sessions for a debut full length album began between Texas and California in January of that year.
Through numerous incarnations from home reel to reel demos to session work throughout 2015, songs took final form when Brendan moved back home to Sacramento in early 2016. Gaining a full band lineup to span tracks of the new LP, with Cody Walker on drums and Seneca Barr on keys “To Be Kind is Sin” was finished at Gold Standard Sounds in Sacramento with producer/mixing guru Matt McDermott at the helm in December of 2016.
“To Be Kind is Sin” was released in October of 2017. Expertly mastered by Emily Lazar, Chris Allgood at The Lodge NYC (Brand New, The Shins, Foo Fighters, Morrissey).
Currently featuring a live full band line up with Stephen Hendry on Guitar and Tom Weeks on Bass.
Listen to the new album on all major media platforms today and catch Blue Oaks on tour in 2019!