In the Bay area he took a job in a steel refinery, but became trapped inside a tank and suffered carbon dioxide poisoning. For two years he lapsed in and out of a coma. When he had finally recovered he chose to focus on his passion, country music.
He was discovered in 1970 during an era when record labels were looking to discover "the next Charley Pride". Stoney proved to find some success on the charts, but he never reached the level of Mr. Pride. Sadly, he is largely forgotten and rarely discussed these days. It's a shame because he put out some quality recordings and offered a truly unique perspective to the world of country music.
He was deeply influenced by Bob Wills and his vocal style owes much to Lefty Frizell. That's why I've chosen this song as my Record of the Day.