|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 . . .
Boss Man - (Can't Find No Heaven) Alice
Stuart 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.
Don't Want You Hanging Around (Crazy With The Blues) Alice
Stuart 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.
Ruined Your Life (Can't Find No Heaven) Alice
Stuart Written by Alice Stuart and Greg Davidson
this is a slow searing electric blues to curl the wallpaper.
Blues (Crazy With The Blues) Alice
Stuart 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.
in San Francisco
Natural Woman - Alice
Stuart 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 - Alice
Stuart 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.
Time Killing Floor (Can't Find No Heaven) Alice
Stuart A powerful reworking of Nehamiah Skip James (left) song
steeped in the mud of the Mississippi Delta.
With The Blues - (Crazy With The Blues) Alice
Stuart 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
York City - Alice Stuart
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 - Alice
Stuart 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