On Top Of the World (RGF/BSCD 068)
Bill Stewart had just been a familiar face around the local music venues, until he performed at Pete Dodds’s 65th birthday party in May this year, and surprised me with the intensity of his work, particularly on ‘Sittin’ On Top Of The World’, the opening track on this excellent debut solo album. Bill used to be part of a band known as Ushna, who were signed to Fellside Records, and he was also a member some time ago of a band known as The Gaslighters.
Turns out that as well as being an ace guitarist, Bill’s a pretty impressive songwriter, as will be evident when you, dear reader, play this CD. His selection of “outside” songs is also interesting, as Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson & Co mingle with The Louvin Brothers and Mark Knopfler. There’s a lot here to digest, but please don’t stop listening before ‘Northumberland’, or you’ll miss something special.
A cross between Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton, Bill Stewart is a master country blues guitarist and a thought-provoking singer/songwriter.
- Sittin’ On Top Of The World (Chester Burnett)
- Who Do You Think You Are ? (Stewart)
- Feel Like Going Home (Charlie Rich)
- Gimme All The Love You Can (Stewart)
- Your Own Sweet Way (Mark Knopfler)
- Forgotten Memories (Instrumental) (Stewart)
- Crossroads (Robert Johnson)
- Do What You’re Told (You’re Doin’ Fine) (Stewart)
- 10,000 Men (Stewart)
- Rollin’ & Tumblin’ (McKinley Morganfield)
- A Good Night Tonight (Now That You’re Here) (Stewart)
- Dirty Old Tramp (Stewart)
- Northumberland (Stewart)
- Weapon Of Prayer (Ira & Charlie Louvin)