John Stewart has been singing about America for over 45 years. From his connection with the Kingston Trio, on through his illustrious, if limitedly appreciated solo career, John has been following his own drummer and cranking out golden music about the Heartland and its people. With but one major radio hit in 1979 "Gold", John Stewart's vast body of work has nonetheless been inpirational to a vast array of singers and songwriters.
Here are just a few of John's songs:
Daydream Believer July You're a Woman Never Going Back (To Nashville Anymore) California Bloodlines Chilly Winds Armstrong Strange Rivers Survivors Lost Her In The Sun Midnight Wind Gold Dreamers On The Rise
Following is a video from You Tube of John Stewart singing MOTHER COUNTRY. He 69 yrears old now, but still going strong. (I first saw him live in 1969, when he was but 30 years old.) I guess that kind of dates me, but John Stewart's music remains timeless.
I was listening to some John Stewart and feeling kind of melancholy. His music was part of the soundtrack of my life and now, I'll never be able to see him in concert again. It's a sign that I'm growing older and it makes me all too keenly aware of my own mortality. Seeing a singer/composer that you practically grew up with pass away is like another chunk of yourself gone. I guess it's bad for you too, Greg, because you seem to appreciate some of the old warhorse singers and musicians. Add the passage of time to that, plus a gloomy, drizzly day and you might be feeling a bit melancholy, yourself.
RIP, John. I started listening to you when you were only 29 years old and now, I'm fast approaching twice that age.
(Oh and as to the ROLLING STONE critic's poll? John Stewart's album, CALIFORNIA BLOODLINES was voted #32 on a list of the top 200 albums of all time. You could certainly do a lot worse than to invest in this CD.)