When you think of Modern Country Music, chances are you think the genre sprang from the heart of the American South. And sure, there’s a lot to be said for the denizens of Tennessee, Kentucky, West Virginia and so on all putting their stamp on the style, but there’s just as much of a debt owed to the traditional music of European immigrants (Americana for instance can trace much of its sound to Irish folk songs).
Now, Stokoff, from Miami, injects another sound into the mix, with his sound full of fresh, fiery, South American passion. His star is still on the rise in the US, but he’s found a whole lot of love from major radio stations in Colombia, where he was raised, and first discovered that he was best able to express himself through song. Stokoff is a real united nations of music; he was born in Germany, and made a few stops along the way sonically before he found that sound which helped him relate to his roots and culture, and enabled him to find a real love for songwriting.
Stokoff’s writing and singing are filled with a contagious emotion; carving for himself a unique niche in the country music genre. Singing in Spanish, he makes it seem as though it was designed for American Country, just like the lovers in his single, ‘Embrujo’.
His most recent album was produced by the late great Dan Warner, the Grammy and Latin Grammy winning guitarist and producer who was integral to many of the biggest albums in Latin music. His presence is certainly felt in ‘Embrujo’, with Stokoff singing of being hopelessly in love, caught under the spell of a woman who’s got him so smitten he doesn’t know if it’s a blessing or a curse. He and the band certainly play as though they’re possessed. There’s slide guitars, acoustic, even Celtic-inspired fiddle, and Stokoff’s rare talent to belt out a melody in such a way as to make this star crossed love song into a full blown cowboy anthem.
The video for ‘Embrujo’ was shot entirely in the legendary Nashville Palace – where else? It’s a slow night at the Palace, and the bartender and waitress take some time out, and decide to liven up the place with a two-step. This is the cue for Stokoff and his band to come to the stage: soon the floor is filled with line dancers, and before too long, the place is hopping. We can guarantee you’ll be wanting to do the same well before the end of the video!
Find out more about the extraordinary Stokoff on his official website. You can watch the video for ‘Embrujo’ below: