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Tribute to Ryan Preston: "Sail On" by Nick Teale and Skipping Stone

Sail On: A Power Metal Homage to Louisville's Legend Ryan Preston
Cover Art: Nick Teale and Skipping Stone -  'Sail On,' a tribute to Ryan Preston
Cover Art: Nick Teale and Skipping Stone - 'Sail On,' a tribute to Ryan Preston

In a heartfelt tribute to the late Louisville metal icon Ryan Preston, progressive folk artist Nick Teale made the decision to collaborate with alt-metal band Skipping Stone to create a powerful collaboration. As a result, the song titled "Sail On," acts as an ode to Preston's enduring influence in the music world.


Ryan Preston, was a loved member of the Louisville metal scene who left a mark on the genre and the hearts of his fans alike. His passing on June 23, 2021 as a result of cancer

remains a devastating and significant loss to the community. Preston's legacy as a musician and individual has not been lost and continues to inspire those in and around the community that he loved.


So, what's the verdict? "Sail On" stands as a power metal masterpiece, weaving the emotive depth of folk with the raw energy of metal. Simple thoughts arose upon the first couple of seconds - wow. beautiful. clear and clean tone. The effect of the tone when combined with clarity compliments the rawness of the piece.


It gets louder, it thrashes with classic metal, screamo, and beyond. In the background the folk tones intricately weave their way around the clashing waters of electric guitar solos, making this a standout piece.



Band Photo: Skipping Stone
Band Photo: Skipping Stone

The collaboration between Nick Teale's progressive folk sensibilities and Skipping Stone's alt-metal expertise results in a track that is both a celebration of Preston's life and a testament to his impact on music. This song not only honors Ryan Preston's musical prowess but also his personal influence, encapsulating the respect and admiration he garnered in the music community.


One thing's for sure, and that is this - the amount of pure emotion that exudes from this piece is undeniably moving. The way in which folk and metal have found their place within the song is both unique and inspiring. For me, 'Sail On" is a MUST listen for guitar lovers everywhere!


The collaboration for "Sail On" exemplifies how music transcends genres and unites artists in expressing shared emotions and experiences. It's a poignant reminder of the power of music in commemorating and celebrating the lives of those who've made a lasting impact. This tribute to Ryan Preston by Nick Teale and Skipping Stone is not just a song; it's a beacon of his enduring legacy in the hearts of many.


Genres: Power Metal, Progressive Folk, Alternative Metal

Moods: Reflective, Poignant, Empowering




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