Turn it On was the only full-length album released under the name 49 Stones.
Following the release of The Indigo Sessions, Emma Jo & the Poets Down Here became the Poets Down Here. Soon, though, they realized a complete rebranding was necessary to prepare for the change in their sound. The band became 49 Stones, and their style became more focused.
They spent 10 days in Dallas, TX recording a new album. Most of the songs were re-recorded from The Indigo Sessions, but the whole album feels fresh with new energy from a new name.
- Turn it On was recorded, mixed, and mastered by Bill Westfall.
- The album release party was held at Aftershock in Mission, KS. The opening act was The Lost Colors.
- Although Emma Jo continued to write lyrics for all the band’s songs, Turn it On was composed collaboratively by all four members of the band.
- Some have said that the populist frustration in “Are You Listening” foreshadowed the rise of populist politicians on both sides of American politics, like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.
“Rising above the fray, lead vocalist/[rhythm] guitarist Emma effortlessly shifts from hypnotic near-whispers to face-melting outbursts without losing a note. She unleashes expressive power vocals with big league status. I haven’t heard a female rock vocalist with this much swagger and range since Pat Benatar or the Wilson sisters of Heart. Yep, believe it.” -Pete Dulin