The Stone Foxes

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The Stone Foxes
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The Stone Foxes at Folsom Live in 2017
Background information
OriginSan Francisco, California, United States
GenresBlues rock, hard rock, soul, rock and roll
Years active2005–present
LabelsBuff Records, Kaleidoscopic Wondersound Records
Associated actsThe Black Keys, Cage the Elephant
MembersShannon Koehler
Spence Koehler
Vince Dewald
Ben Andrews
Brian Bakalian
Elliott Peltzman
Past membersAaron Mort
Avi Vinocur

The Stone Foxes is an American rock and roll band based in San Francisco, California, United States.


The Stone Foxes originated in the sleepy foothills of California’s Central Valley where founding members Aaron Mort and brothers Spence Koehler (guitar) and Shannon Koehler (drums, vocals) grew up.[1] After high school, they went to college at San Francisco State University.

A couple of years later, after living with the three founding members and discovering their similar musical tastes, Avi Vinocur (guitar, bass) joined the band.[2]

Formed in late 2005, The Stone Foxes spent their first few years together working on balancing out their musical style. The end product (for now) is a style infused with country, rock, blues, and a touch of San Francisco.[3] The group’s songs are full of classic blues structures and shout-along moments.[4]

In April 2011, keyboardist Elliott Peltzman joined the band. Later that year, they opened for Cage The Elephant and Grammy winners The Black Keys at Mesa Amphitheatre in Phoenix, Arizona. Their cover of Slim Harpo's "I'm A King Bee" was featured in the national ad campaign for Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey.[5]

In 2013, following the departures of Aaron Mort and Avi Vinocur, the band underwent a major change in personnel marked by the additions of multi-instrumentalist Brian Bakalian, singer/guitarist/bassist Vince Dewald, and guitarist/violinist Ben Andrews.[6] The new lineup released the album Small Fires that same year, featuring the singles "Everybody Knows," Ulysses Jones," and "Cotto."

On their fourth album, The Stone Foxes took a different approach to releasing their new music, launching Foxes First Friday.[7] Beginning with "Locomotion" on September 5, 2014, the band detailed plans to release a new song for free on the first Friday of every month. Coupled with live versions, bonus tracks, and photos from the road, each song was compiled into an album titled Twelve Spells, which was released in August 2015.[8][9] That same year, the band was covered in Forbes for their DIY success that came without the help of a record label.[10]

In February 2016 The Stone Foxes embarked on their first UK tour with Bath-based, Zambian brother duo Bite The Buffalo. Most dates on the tour sold out.[11]

In 2017, the band released the Visalia EP, a collection of songs they created while camping in the town of the same name.[12] Singles included "Fight," "Shake Like Buddy Holly," and the autobiographical "If I Die Tonight," about lead singer/drummer Shannon Koehler's lifelong struggle with a congenital heart condition.[13]

On September 18, 2018 the band announced members Elliott Peltzman, Brian Bakalian, and Vince Dewald would be leaving the band. The band will continue with a new lineup.[14]


The Stone Foxes have founded the Goodnight Moon Project[15] to combat homelessness.[16][17] The band has also partnered with SuperFood Drive to collect and donate healthy food at their shows to those locally in need.[18]

The Stone Foxes in 2017

Current members[19][edit]

  • Shannon Koehler // Vocals, Harmonica, Drums
  • Vince Dewald // Vocals, Bass, Guitar
  • Ben Andrews // Guitar, Violin, Vocals
  • Brian Bakalian // Drums, Bass, Guitar, Vocals
  • Elliott Peltzman // Keys, Vocals
  • Spence Koehler // Guitar, Vocals

Past members[edit]

  • Aaron Mort // Guitar, Bass
  • Avi Vinocur // Guitar, Bass

Appearances in Media[edit]




Video Games[edit]


The band was featured on NPR's "World Cafe: Next" in July 2010.[23] "Mr. Hangman" off Bears & Bulls was in Power Rotation on X103.9 Phoenix,[24] and Bears & Bulls peaked at No. 4 on FMQB's Sub Modern albums chart, with single "Stomp" coming in at No. 7.[25]



  • Black Rolling Thunder (2006)
  • The Stone Foxes (2008)
  • Bears & Bulls (2010)
  • Small Fires (2013)
  • Twelve Spells (2015)
  • Visalia EP (2017)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • New Tales to Tell: A Tribute to Love and Rockets (Justice Records) (2009): "Fever"


  • "Stomp" (2010)
  • "Mr. Hangman" (2010)
  • "Psycho" (2011)
  • "Everybody Knows" (2012)
  • "Eye for Love" (2015)
  • "Fight" (2017)
  • "Shake Like Buddy Holly" (2017)

Cover versions[edit]


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  5. ^ Chapman, Mike (2011-04-27). "Ad of the Day: Jack Daniel's Tennessee Honey". Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  6. ^ "The Unlikely Evolution of the Koehler Brothers - The Bay Bridged - San Francisco Bay Area Indie Music". The Bay Bridged - San Francisco Bay Area Indie Music. 2015-06-25. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
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  8. ^ "The Stone Foxes Announce New Album, Offer Up First Track, 'Locomotion' « LIVE 105". 2014-09-05. Retrieved 2015-06-05.
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  11. ^ "Stone Foxes confirm debut UK tour". TeamRock. 2016-01-11. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  12. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: The Stone Foxes Keep The Garage Rock Dream Alive On New EP, "Visalia"". L4LM. 2017-09-14. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  13. ^ Missoulian, Brian D’Ambrosio for the. "Fragile perspective uplifts The Stone Foxes' Shannon Koehler". Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  14. ^ "The Stone Foxes". Retrieved 2018-09-18.
  15. ^ "Music Video". Everyone Has a Voice. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  16. ^ Danton, Eric R. (2013-12-18). "Stone Foxes Combat Homelessness in 'Goodnight Moon' Video". WSJ. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  17. ^ "Stone Foxes' "Goodnight Moon Project" humanizes the homeless". Mother Jones. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  18. ^ "Home". Leah's Pantry. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  19. ^ "SXSW 2015 Reviews: Screaming Females, Julianna Barwick, The Stone Foxes, and The Skull". Consequence of Sound. 2015-03-22. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  20. ^ Alexandra, Rae. "The Stone Foxes: How One SF Band Made it Big Without Even Having a Label". SF Weekly. Retrieved 2018-03-24.
  21. ^ Archived from the original on 2015-01-28. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  22. ^ "» The Stone Foxes". Retrieved 2018-03-08.
  23. ^ Stone, The (2010-07-05). "The Stone Foxes On 'World Cafe: Next' : World Cafe". Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  24. ^ "Radio that plays The Stone Foxes - Listen Online". Retrieved 2015-06-05.
  25. ^ "Mitch Schneider Organization". Retrieved 2015-06-05.

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