“Great Stone Face”
Grammy nominated Songwriter Rick Lang and friend Evan Richert recently collaborated to offer a musical tribute to celebrate the legacy of New Hampshire’s “Old Man Of The Mountain” with a their new composition “Great Stone Face”. The story line of the song was inspired by the acclaimed novel by author Nathaniel Hawthorne. The track features the stellar vocals of two-time Grammy winner recording artist Josh Shilling.
The release of the song is timely as the state is planning to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the “Great Stone Face” on May 3rd of this year. The song, and accompanying video, will be featured in the event. Also, Rick has been invited to perform the song live at the NH State House at an official ceremony May 3rd. The governor and several dignitaries will be in attendance.
Overlooking Profile Lake, the “Old Man” profile has served as one of New Hampshire’s most treasured landmarks, featured on license plates, road signs, and even the State quarter.
Known as “The Great Stone Face” by the Abenaki, the iconic stone profile of the old man was named the NH state symbol in 1945. On May 3rd 2003 it tragically collapsed, to the dismay of those who treasured the beloved symbol.