Al Stewart came to stardom as part of the legendary British folk revival in the sixties and seventies and developed the combination of folk-rock songs with delicately woven tales of the great characters and events from history.
Al continues to tour extensively around the U.S. and Europe. He is perhaps best known for his hits’ Year of the Cat” from the Platinum album of the same name and the Platinum follow-up album “Time Passages.” But his career spans four decades as a key figure in British music. He played at the first-ever Glastonbury Festival in 1970, worked with Yoko Ono pre-Lennon, and shared a London apartment with a young Paul Simon.
This is a replay of the 21st episode of the JOURNEYS Webcast—Adventure & Discovery In The Time of Corona. Allan Karl and W. Scott Koenig chatted from two separate locations in San Diego when this show originally Livestreamed on October 12, 2020.
Al has worked with Peter White, Alan Parsons, Jimmy Page, Richard Thompson, Rick Wakeman, Tori Amos, and Tim Renwick. More recently has played with Dave Nachmanoff and former Wings lead-guitarist Laurence Juber.
To call Al simply a singer-songwriter would be an understatement; he is a world-class performer, gifted storyteller, and passionate historian. His songs take queues and inspiration from the pages of history featuring characters from World Wars, British pop and politics to explorers, literature, and more.
Our Conversation Touched On Some of These Topics & More:
- History as Inspiration and Source for Songwriting Ideas | How did Al first start writing about history and who are some of the characters that color his songs.
- Stories From Four Decades On The Rock & Folk Scene | From Dylan and The Beatles to Paul Simon, Yoko Ono and Jimmy Page, Al has seen and heard everything.
- Life and The Reality Facing Touring Musicians In A Covid World | The changes forced by the pandemic and the future of touring, venues, and live music.
- Wine and History and Getting Into The Music Business | We discuss how wine and its history found its way into Al’s songs, but how it helped him get into the music business.
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