Song Premiere: Lee DeWyze Casts His 'Stone'

As Season 15 of American Idol approaches this week, it’s time to look back at the once-maligned and misunderstood Idol Season 9. That season not only brought us future stars Tori Kelly, Todrick Hall, and Katie Stevens, but it of course launched the credible career of winner Lee DeWyze, who has since developed into a true Americana idol, forging his own indie-rock path. And as the singer-songwriter prepares to release his fifth full-length studio effort (and first for Shanachie Entertainment), Oil & Water, Yahoo Music’s Reality Rocks is delighted to exclusively premiere a new track from the album, “Stone.”


(photo: Sascha Knopf)

While not the lead single from Oil & Water – “Stone” will actually be the instant-gratification track for those who pre-order the album via iTunes – “Stone” is an impressive preview of the new LP’s lush but hushed sound, with its hymn-like vibe, majestic orchestration, and introspective lyrics.

“‘Stone’ encompasses what this album is about: honesty, self-realization, and emotions demonstrated through lyrics and harmony,” DeWyze says.


Oil & Water is available for pre-order on PledgeMusic, with exclusive offers and content, at Look for DeWyze on Wednesday’s American Idol Season 15 premiere; look for his album in stores and online Feb. 12; and look for him on the road at the following shows:

Jan. 20 - University of Maine, Orono

Jan. 21 - University of Maine, Farmington

Jan. 22 - Springfield College, Springfield, MA

Jan. 23 - University of New England, Biddeford, ME

Jan. 25 - Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT

Jan. 26 - Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ

Jan. 27 - American International College, Winchendon, MA

Jan. 28 - Merrimack College, North Andover, MA

Jan. 29 - Dean College, Franklin, MA

Feb. 11 - Cafe 939, Boston,

Feb. 12 - Cutting Room, New York City

Feb. 13 - Assumption College, Worcester, MA

Feb. 14 - Mexicali Live, Teaneck, NJ

Feb. 15 - World Cafe Live Upstairs, Philadelphia

Feb. 17 - Musica, Akron, OH

Feb. 18 - Lee’s Palace, Toronto

Feb. 19 - Magic Bag, Detroit

Feb. 20 - Q Bar, Glendale Heights, IL

Feb. 21 - The Hi-Fi, Indianapolis

Feb. 22 - Hard Rock Cafe, Pittsburgh

Feb. 24 - Jammin’ Java, Vienna, VA

Feb. 25 - Stage One, Fairfield, CT

Feb. 26 - The Wonder Bar, Asbury Park, NJ

Feb. 27 - Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT

Feb. 28 - Colby Sawyer College, New London, NH

March 1 - SUNY Orange, Middletown, NY

March 1 - University of Scranton, Scranton, PA

March 2 - Western New England College, Winchendon, MA

March 3 - SUNY Orange, Newburgh, NY

March 3 - University of St, Joseph West Hartford, CT

March 6 - Keene State University, Keene, NH

March 29 - Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

March 30 - Seton Hall, South Orange, NJ