|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
Ragamuffins Brian and Mike still crazy for the blues