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The Blues Highway - Classic article on the Blues

The year was 1974, Bristol Colston Hall, Van Morrison's epic Too Late To Stop Now tour of England. The support act was a trio from San Francisco, Alice Stuart and Snake. Alice had fuzzy hair and played electric bottleneck and lead guitar with a passion for the blues. She rocked the place. Nearly thirty years later, electric or acoustic, band, duo or single, she is still doing it. - Miscreant Mike reminiscin' in tempo . . .
Big Boss Man - (Can't Find No Heaven)
  The opening track from Alice's latest album, a stonking version of the Luther Dixon classic associated with Jimmy Reed. Some fine piano and a band that rocks in tune with the passionate vocals of Alice Stuart.
I Don't Want You Hanging Around (Crazy With The Blues)  In her sleeve notes Alice tells how she learnt this from Patrick Sky just after he wrote it in 1965. Patrick Sky, a native Indian is another lost folk legend from the sixties. Sky's girlfriend at the time was Buffy St. Marie.

I've Ruined Your Life (Can't Find No Heaven)  Written by Alice Stuart and Greg Davidson this is a slow searing electric blues to curl the wallpaper.

Statesboro Blues (Crazy With The Blues)   Alice's beautiful interpretation of the Blind Willie McTell classic, you can hear why she is in demand in guitar workshops on the West Coast of America.

Live in San Francisco
Natural Woman
-   A rare segment from San Francisco Radio in 1977 featuring Alice and her six piece funky soul blues band. Includes an interview with Alice Stuart and two of her own songs.
Everyone Knows -   This is a beautiful poignant lament sung with a passion. By the end of the 1970s Alice Stuart had hung up her guitar to raise a family. She stayed off the road for fourteen years.

Hard Time Killing Floor (Can't Find No Heaven) A powerful reworking of Nehamiah Skip James (left) song steeped in the mud of the Mississippi Delta.

Crazy With The Blues - (Crazy With The Blues) Alice Stuart's love of the blues began with this old blues song she found on a 78 in her parents closet. It led her to the earthy blues of Bessie Smith and the Delta poets like Mississippi John Hurt and Skip James and the man from Atlanta Blind Willie McTell.

New York City -  When she returned to playing in the 1990's Alice Stuart teamed up with double bassist and guitarist Prune Rooney. Here they are featured at the Siren's Music Festival in Port Townsend, Washington with an Alice Stuart original that whips up the crowd.
I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight -   When Alice Stuart hears a song she moulds it and gives it her own interpretation. Her version of Texas songwriter Chris Wall's classic is a cracker with inspired arco bass from Prune Rooney and Alice herself letting the song pour out of her. Live from the Strawberry Music Festival in California.

Ragamuffins Brian and Mike still crazy for the blues