Gary Stewart 

Best of the Hightone Years

Gary Stewart almost became a superstar in the '70s. He had songwriting success with tunes like "When a Man Loves a Woman (The Way I Love You)" for Billy Walker, and hits like "She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)," which he didn't write. After a solid four-year run of hits, personal and financial problems laid him low until Hightone signed him in 1988. Stewart's raw vocals (think Jerry Lee Lewis after smoking a couple cartons of Marlboros) are the real deal, and his songwriting chops are impressive, but he can be infuriatingly uneven. While "Bedroom Battleground" -- a look at an imploding marriage -- is full of real insight and real pain, rockers like "Let's Go Jukin' " and "I Get Drunk" are full of manic humor. Other times Stewart comes across as a macho clown, mouthing clichés that would make anyone but a drunk, intoxicated with his own cleverness, blush.

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Anonymous and pseudonymous comments will be removed.

Latest in CD Reviews

Author Archives

Most Popular Stories

Special Reports

The Beer Issue 2020

The Decade in Review

The events and trends that shaped the Teens.

Best of the East Bay

2020

© 2020 Telegraph Media    All Rights Reserved
Powered by Foundation