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The other guitar player, Brian Stoltz, also played in a funky and blistering way, but he was more laid-back and he had articulate schemes...been playing with the Nevilles for years. Brian's licks were thought out like piano patterns. He could play James Booker piano riffs on the guitar.
-- Bob Dylan, Chronicles: Volume 1
Brian Stoltz is a New Orleans guitarist who spent years touring with, writing and recording for the Neville Brothers and the Funky Meters, in addition to recording with Dr. John, Bob Dylan, Aaron Neville, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Edie Brickell, Linda Ronstadt, Jimmy Buffett and many others.
His songs have also been recorded by the Wild Magnolias and Coco Montoya, and his playing can be heard in the films City of Hope, The Mighty Quinn, Make It Funky, and Desert Bayou.
He's produced Sonny Landreth, Bo Dollis & the Wild Magnolias, Bonerama, Art Neville, Theryl “Houseman” de Clouet, and Irma Thomas.
Mr. Stoltz goes beyond the funk, but the hoodoo is always there.
His television appearances include The Tonight Show (with Jay Leno & Johnny Carson), Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, Austin City Limits, Cinemax and Showtime specials, and concerts with the Grateful Dead. Brian toured, along with the Neville Brothers, U2, Peter Gabriel, the Police, and Lou Reed on the first Amnesty International Tour in 1986 to raise consciousness of the fate of political prisoners around the world.
Stoltz's co-written Healing Chant, performed by the Neville Brothers, won a Grammy for Best Pop Instrumental in 1991, and he was nominated for a 2004 Grammy in the Best Traditional Blues category for his solo rendition of You Gotta Move, released on Telarc Records’ Preachin’ The Blues: The Music Of Mississippi Fred McDowell.
Mr. Stoltz has recorded four solo albums, Up All Night/Live (2007), God, Guns & Money (2005), East Of Rampart Street (2003), and the now out-of-print Starving Buddha (1999).
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