Some might say Ty Stone is tempting fate with a concert on the day the Mayans supposedly said would be the end of the world.
But the singer-songwriter from Lincoln Park has been through something even tougher -- what could have been the end of his career.
Stone, 35, says the failure of "American Style," his debut album, to ignite was "an epic disappointment." But he's already working on his next album and acknowledges that he's excited to have the opportunity to make another record" with Kid Rock's Top Dog and Atlantic record labels.
"So many artists get dropped right off the bat, but they're supporting me making this second record," says Stone, who's getting married on Valentine's Day. "On ('American Style') I felt like we were poised for a great success and I hoped we'd get more out of the situation, but now I'm hoping we get a chance to go through it again."
Stone says he's winnowed a list of about 65 possible songs down to 25 that he wants to consider for the album, and he's confident the results will show off the "Jedi songwriter training" he went through while working on "American Style." "I feel like I've learned a lot over the course of the last 10 years" -- including some time spent living and working in Los Angeles -- and he's certainly that he's not making a clone of his first effort.
"I think 'American Style' sounded a lot like an authentic 70s record, with the tones and all that stuff," explains, who plans to preview some of the songs at this weekend's show. "This time I want to do something with a little more of a modern feel to it, especially sound-wise. I'm experimenting a little more with the electronics that are available to you in the studio and see how I can use them, but still write great songs.
"I'm just experimenting and growing as an artist. I don't think I'd ever want to just do the same thing that I did the last time, you know?"
Ty Stone's End of the World Party, with Matt Dmits, Brandon Calhoon, Paulina Jayne, members of Kaleido and the Infatuations and more, takes place Friday, Dec. 21, at the Magic Bag, 222920 Woodward Ave., Ferndale. Doors open at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10. Call 248-644.3556 or visit www.themagicbag.com.
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