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What they say

Here are a few things people are saying about Donovan Stokes:

Here’s a nice little bit from Gary Karr at the beginning of his interview with Jason Heath of Contrabass Conversations: Click Here to hear the interview

Donovan Stokes laid down some wicked jam today, followed by a serving of “POW”! If you haven’t had a chance to hear or see this innovator of the bass rockabilly world, I recommend finding his CD or going to see one of his shows in the near future. What a phenomenal performer and musician…the bassist takes you by the throat and doesn’t let go.  He ended the show with … “Purple Haze”. Nothing could top the two of them playing the bass behind their backs, in a guitar position, on the floor, and standing on the bout.—Alex Bainbridge Retrospectia

…an eye-popping display of technical wizardry and showmanship– – Bob Kerwin – Madison Jazz

Your technical strengths in crossing over so many styles of music has me absolutely gobsmacked (as they say in England). I don’t know how you do it and I thank you for bringing the bass into yet another dimension of capabilities. You’re a master and I thank you so much for sharing this outstanding CD with me.”
— Gary Karr,

I marvel at the virtuoso playing and creative imaginative gifts of Donovan Stokes… Donovan’s virtuosity is amazing. I have … always been amazed at his discipline and ability to perform circus type bass maneuvers with effortless efficiency. He has demonstrated left hand movements that I have never witnessed yet they appear as a natural innovation to the music. So get used to his name, buy his CD and don’t miss a chance to hear him live…You will be thrilled. — Barry Green

Here are some reviews from iTunes customers

This is quite honestly one of the most stunning albums I have ever come across. The way Donovan crosses over so many genres ranging from classical to celtic to bluegrass is simply amazing. And when you factor in that he is comepletely unaccompanied it becomes even more awe inspiring. Add on top of it all a musical prowess that is unrivaled by other bassists alive today, and even those not alive, and this album quickly becomes one that you find yourself listening to over and over because there is always something new and captivating.


Donovan Stokes isn’t a single download artist. You really must hear the entire album to even begin to fathom what an artist Donovan Life of O

This is one of my favorite albums that I own! I like Sofdu, Sofdu, Godi the most of all the songs on this album (I even learned how to play it on double bass!). To me, one thing about this album is that unlike other albums it keeps a consistancy of good music, not one or two good songs with a load of crud in between them. Overall I highly recomend it By the album, its worth it!by Bass_Playr314
Donovan was my bass instructor at the Schwob School of Music in Columbus, GA. When he gave me a copy of this after a lesson one day, I was HOOKED. A true inspiration, Thanks Donovan! —by KushReefer G