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Gary Stewart


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Gary Stewart (May 28, 1945 – December 16, 2003), a country musician known for his drinking songs, was one of the first so-called „outlaw“ country performers of the 1970s.

A singer, songwriter, guitarist and pianist, he was born in the Letcher County, Kentucky town of Jenkins, the son of a coal miner. In 1958 his father sustained an injury while working in the mines, and shortly after the family moved to Fort Pierce, a city on Florida’s Atlantic coast.

Stewart began recording at twelve, moved on to songwriting, and married Mary Lou Taylor when he was eighteen. While playing a Honky-Tonk club in Okeechobee, Florida, known as the Wagon Wheel, he met country singer Mel Tillis, who advised Stewart to travel to Nashville to pitch his songs. He recorded songs for the small Cory label in 1964. In Nashville, Jerry Bradley, the son of record-producer Owen Bradley, worked with Stewart and collaborator Bill Eldridge to refine their songs, and in 1965 Stonewall Jackson’s recording of their „Poor Red Georgia Dirt“ made the country charts.

Signed to the Kapp label in 1968, Stewart made several unsuccessful recordings. But Carl Smith, Billy Walker and Nat Stuckey had hits with Stewart’s songs. Dropped from Kapp and then from Decca, Stewart made a series of demo tapes that found their way into the hands of producer Roy Dea, who signed Stewart to RCA Records.




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  • BallerCraig

    Is it Rainin' here dis mawn-ninn?

    25. Feb. 2013 Antworten
  • GrindFreakMike1

    i got into garys music back when i was about 14 or so my father had one of his albums. i thought it had some great songs which i still listen to today at the age of 44. he had a lot going on in his life,with his son and wifes death.to bad he went out the same as his son,but as i grew up i can totally relate to all in life that would have made him end his. RIP ,gone but always remembered.

    19. Jul. 2009 Antworten
  • mattcalico

    Someone should bring on the original tunes! He surely was a great honkytonker.

    29. Mai. 2009 Antworten
  • TheHagMan

    Not really sure but at the moment [2009/04] all the Gary Stewart tracks appear to be from the Live at Billy Bobs album - not bad but not as good as the originals. Gary was a master!!

    16. Apr. 2009 Antworten
  • Leuchtenburg1

    nicht schlecht....

    4. Mär. 2009 Antworten
  • OleHitman

    Some1 got Half Alive And Still Drinking ?

    21. Feb. 2008 Antworten
  • OleHitman

    His the best !

    21. Feb. 2008 Antworten