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D.C.-Based Band Stone Driver Releases Unique Cover of Billie Eilish’s International Hit “Bury A Friend” on

Stone Driver, a critically acclaimed rock band from Washington, D.C., and Neenah Gee, a singer-songwriter, just released a collaborative music video covering Billie Eilish’s internationally record breaking hit song “Bury A Friend” on

Founded by Avik Ray and Rich Russman in 2018, is a musical intersection featuring unique collaborations with local DC artists on YouTube. Previous musicians include Black Dog Prowl & Maryjo Mattea, Johnny Grave & the Lauren Calve Band, Olivia and the Mates & the Virginia Southpaws.

“The DMV has a great music scene, and we wanted to create a platform for artists to showcase their original material,” said founder Avik Ray. “We also wanted to do something different, which is where the concept of bringing two bands together to ‘cross over’ to create unique interpretations of other artists songs came from. The results have been great, and we’re excited to grow the subscriber base on the YouTube channel as we do more shows with artists from the area.”   

Stone Driver consists of Chad Lesch (lead guitar, producer), Faith Hayden (vocals), and Larry Joseloff (bass). The band released their third full-length album “Chasing Demons” in May 2018 and were voted as “The Best Original Band in 2018” by readers of the Washington City Paper. Stone Driver harnesses grunge, blues rock, progressive, and psychedelic influences to create powerful and soulful rock music. They are partnering with John Seymour (Grammy win for work on Santana’s Supernatural album) again for their upcoming fourth full-length album that is set to release early next year, with the addition of Nirvana and Soundgarden veteran Jason Everman on rhythm guitar.

Neenah Gee–a keyboardist, ukulele player, and vocalist–performs with several bands in the D.C.-area including Haircuts (post-pop punk), Space & Time (funk-jam-dance), and JT & The Old Soul String Band (folk). In addition to playing, she is a fierce supporter of the local D.C. music scene and curates a weekly article of area shows. team has created a program that acts as both an accelerant in bringing diverse musicians from the DC scene together, and a launchpad to share the new music that comes out of that collaboration far beyond the beltway,” said Chad Lesch, Stone Driver founder and guitarist. “The whole is truly greater than the sum of the parts when it comes to music creation, and this program has both championed and repeatedly proven that philosophy works. It’s been an honor to collaborate with Neenah Gee, and we are thrilled to share the new music we’ve cooked up together with the growing community.”

About Stone Driver

Stone Driver is a critically acclaimed rock band from Washington, DC, that harnesses grunge, blues rock, progressive, and psychedelic influences to create powerful and soulful rock music that resonates with fans both on the stage and from the studio. In addition to writing, recording, and performing original music, Stone Driver continues to be actively involved in supporting multiple charitable organizations in the DMV community (Per Scholas, Lever Fund, Rolling Thunder, Joe Strummer Foundation, etc).

The band released their third full-length album “Chasing Demons” in May 2018. Mixed by Grammy award-winning engineer John Seymour (prior clients include Santana, U2, Alice In Chains, Jimi Hendrix, and the Dave Matthews Band) it is an explosive follow up to their prior two LPs, Rocks (2016) and Descent (2015).

2018 and 2017 were breakout years for Stone Driver, which included being voted as “The Best Original Band in 2018” by readers of the Washington City Paper, being endorsed by Rolling Thunder, Inc for their album release and veterans charity fundraiser at Union Stage, winning the local New Belgium Brewing Co. battle of the bands to open for Vintage Trouble at the Tour De Fat outside Nationals Park, organizing and headlining the Joe Strummer Foundation charity benefit concert at the Black Cat, being selected as one of the bands to represent DC at the 9:30 Club at the first DC Rocks Festival, and sharing the bill with the Gin Blossoms, Sugar Ray, Good Charlotte, Everclear and Bush at the Celebrate Fairfax 2018 & 2017 festivals.


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