While Al Stewart has come a long way from his days of flowing 1970s locks and tight jeans,
he still has the same ability to captivate an audience with his hauntingly beautiful ballads and upbeat, laugh-at-yourself
pop medleys that have you swaying in your seat. His career spans more than three decades, and it doesn't seem to be stopping
any time soon. His latest tour is a celebration of his impressive body of work and his newest project, Uncorked, which not
only showcases his amazing guitar and vocal skills, but highlights the skills of guitar genius Dave Nachmanoff. The two musicians,
who have co-written several of Stewart's hits like the mega hit "Year of the Cat," are back together and performing in a stripped
down, lo-fi setting that has audiences eating out of the palms of their hands.
Stewart's tour includes music from his
latest album, Uncorked, which is an acoustic compilation of classic songs and some new favorites. Each performance is a well-choreographed
dance between Stewart and Nachmanoff that allows each musician to take the spotlight. Stewart and his right-hand man will
be touring all over the US, and could be coming to a concert venue near you.
Al Stewart is one
of the most famous musicians to come out of the 1970s, and his musical career and life story are interwoven into the history
of rock and roll. He was part of the British folk revival of the 1970s, and was a part of many important events that made
the era what it was. He performed at the first-ever Glastonbury Festival, was friends with the infamous Yoko Ono before she
met her future husband John Lennon, he shared an apartment in London with the legendary Paul Simon and even hosted at the
Les Cousins folk club in London. He has also worked with some of the biggest names in music including Peter White, Jimmy Page,
Van Morrison, Cat Stevens and Tori Amos.
About the Artist
Al Stewart's life began under the cloud of tragedy.
His father, who was a flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force, died in a plane crash during a training exercise in 1945.
His song "Post World War II Blues" touches on the subject of losing his father before he was born. But, he didn't let his
troubled beginning distinguish his dreams. At the age of 19, he moved to London with not much more than the clothes on his
back and his guitar. He had purchased the guitar from future Police guitarist Andy Summers, but later traded in the electric
guitar for an acoustic one. In 1965, he took up residency at the Bunjies Coffee House in the Soho neighborhood of London.
It wasn't long before he was performing at the legendary Les Cousins folk club, performing alongside future music stars like
Cat Stevens, Van Morrison and Roy Harper.
A year later, Stewart released his first album, The Elf, which included guitar
work from the legendary guitarist Jimmy Page, who later played for Led Zeppelin. Although Stewart didn't strike it rich with
chart-topping songs, he developed a devoted following of fans who were interested in more than a flash-in-the-pan, one-hit-wonder.
Stewart's songwriting spoke to them, and they appreciated his craftsmanship.
While his first four albums were well-received
in the UK, they were not given a proper US release. It wasn't until Stewart's fifth album, Past, Present and Future, that
American audiences really got a taste for the talented artist. His single "Nostradamus" became a hit in the early 1970s on
college and university campuses, who were more flexible with long running times. The track was more than nine minutes long
and included information about the famous seer and his predictions for the future. The album reached No. 133 on the Billboard
album chart, and put Al Stewart on the map.
Stewart continued to have success throughout the next three decades, gaining
more fans at every performance. His albums became the ruler to which all other revivalist folk music was measured. Stewart
still commands the stage like he did all those years ago, and with a stripped down, acoustic-style new album, the seasoned
musician shows fans that he can still surprise them.
While Al Stewart had found
moderate success in the late 1960s and early 1970s in the UK with his first four albums, it wasn't until his fifth album hit
the air waves and the record store shelves in 1973 that the world really got to know Stewart for him musical genius. The album,
Past, Present and Future touched on subjects like the future-seeing Nostradamus to American presidents like Warren Harding
to Joseph Stalin's purges. It was an eclectic album with a signature folk sound and Americans couldn't get enough. With the
British invasion winding down, American music fans were eager to hear something new. This unique sound made Stewart a legend,
and he continues to surprise audiences, decades later.
In the 1970s, when Stewart was playing
the part of a rock star, his concerts were energetic, over-the-top and full of background sound. But, today, as the musician
is paring down his extravagant live shows and creating a laid-back, Sunday evening, porch-swinging, acoustic set that has
a more intimate feel than concerts of yesteryear. With the addition of Dave Nachmanoff as his on-stage counterpart, Stewart
injects each song with an anecdote, a joke or a quip that makes every audience member feel as though they are hearing Stewart
sing just to them. But, even though the music isn't as loud and rock and roll, it is still just as entertaining and enjoyable
as it was in the 1970s.