Thursday, September 20, 2007

Free Locals Appreciation Concert

This ought to be a great night!


Now Open in Key West, Guy Harvey’s Island Grill is hosting a locals appreciation night featuring Al Stewart on Sunday, September 23rd. Guy Harvey’s General Manager, Mike Finnerty said “we are quickly making a name for ourselves as a premier music venue in Key West. Al Stewart performing in the Key West area is a big step forward for quality music in the Keys”. The concert which is free to both locals and visitors will begin at 7:00 pm with a special opening set by Larry Baeder and his Rhythm and Blues band. Finnerty said “In the short time that Guy Harvey’s has been open in Key West we have experienced overwhelming support from the community this free concert is a way of showing our appreciation to the local community who have welcomed Guy Harvey to Key West”. Guy Harvey’s is located at 511 Greene Street in Key West. For more information call 305-295-0019

Born on September 5, 1945, in Glasgow, Scotland, Al’s family moved to Bournemouth, in the south of England, when he was very young. Growing up in the seaside town, he bought his first guitar from Andy Summers (The Police) and learned his first guitar licks from Robert Fripp (King Crimson). Other contemporaries in these early years were Greg Lake (ELP), Lee Kerslake (Uriah Heep), and the infamous George “ZOOT” Money.

At the age of 16, Al aspired to become a musician. He promptly began this journey by playing guitar in various bands (one in particular with disc jockey Tony Blackburn), but after hearing Bob Dylan, he decided to pursue songwriting.

Past, Present and Future, his first USA release become a cult album which has now sold close to a million copies worldwide. His next album, Modern Times, cracked the US top 40 album chart which sent Al and his band on a US tour.

Year Of The Cat, released in 1976, became Al’s first platinum album in the United States. It featured two top 20 singles, “Year Of The Cat” and “On the Border”. Buoyed by this success, he moved to Los Angeles and released Time Passages in 1978 which also sold platinum and featured the singles “Time Passages” and “Song On The Radio”. In 1980, the hit single “Midnight Rocks” scored when Twenty-Four Carrots was released.

Touring and releasing more great music during the 80s and 90s, Al enjoyed the freedom of performing the songs acoustically and, on his return to the States, recruited long time musician and songwriting partner Peter White to perform a series of shows in both the USA and Japan. It was during these shows that the album Rhymes In Rooms was recorded. It features some of Al’s most well known songs performed in an intimate live setting.

Between The Wars, released in 1995, marked Al’s sixteenth album. He teamed with former Wings guitarist Laurence Juber to create a snapshot collection of songs musically and lyrically inspired by the turbulent ’20s and ’30s. With both sharp wit and tender compassion, Al so brilliantly captures the mood of the period that fans of all ages will no doubt be inspired to crack a history book or two after just one listen. For a singer and songwriter whose work is suffused with history and detail, Al Stewart follows no creative timetable. over 30 years since his "Year of the Cat" single and album became unforgettable international hits, almost 40 years since his first album was released. Al Stewart is not afraid of time and its passages.

Al’s latest release, “A Beach Full of Shells”, Al's Appleseed debut finds Stewart in timeless form, presenting a baker's dozen new songs that span centuries and continents, autobiography and fiction. As he nears the 20-album mark, Stewart remains a distinctively literate and vivid storyteller, time-traveling and teleporting himself and his listeners from World War I battlefields to Sixties bedrooms, from ships to airplanes to ice floes, from the specific to the mysterious.

Musical settings that encompass electric folk-rock and acoustic ballads, colorful dabs of classical and Eastern music, and even a touch of Little Richard-style piano pounding, are as varied and imaginative as Al's subject matters. The CD's producer, Laurence Juber, formerly of Paul McCartney's Wings, has enhanced Al's elegant Scottish drawl, nimble acoustic guitar-work and keyboards with his own Grammy-winning guitar playing, string arrangements and percussion and a flexible rhythm section.

In the spellbinding tradition of his signature songs "Year of the Cat," "Time Passages," "On the Border," and "Nostradamus," among many others, Al's latest musical short stories are both lyrically meaningful and insidiously catchy.

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