Alice Stuart

Alice Stuart

 Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C., USA
BandBluesFolk

This is a band that other musicians come to hear. Their original music is a pure American mix. According to one reviewer, Alice has a voice that "could melt the Polar Ice Cap". She has won many awards for her songwriting and guitar playing.

Biography

Alice Stuart has been performing since 1962. She made her first record in 1964 for famed Blues & Old Timey label, Arhoolie. Originally from Washington State, she lived and performed many years in California. In 1999, she returned to Washington and to performing, after a 20 year hiatus. In 2008, Alice Stuart was again honored by the Washington Blues Society. She was given two awards this year: Best Solo/Duo performer and a Lifetime Achievement award. These awards came on the heels of Alice's appearance at the International Blues Competition in Memphis, TN in 2008 representing the Cascade Blues Society in Portland, OR. She will be appearing at the IBC again in 2009, this time representing the Washington Blues Society.
Alice Stuart has been a solo performer since she first took to the stage at Seattle's Pamir House in 1961. Her first professional appearance was at the Seattle World's Fair in early 1962.

By 1964, when Alice was asked to perform at the Berkeley Folk Festival, Alice's repertoire was already very diverse and included Appalachian folk ballads, country songs, and rural Blues. She played autoharp, banjo, and guitar.

Her first record "All The Good Times" (Arhoolie Records 1964) was re-released on CD in 2002. The CD contains 7 songs that were recorded at the original recording session in 1964 and were previously unreleased. This album demonstrates the breadth of Alice Stuart's musical tastes and abilities. The album contains 21 songs, including the self-penned ballad, "Once I Had A Sweetheart".

Today, Alice Stuart in a solo performance is a reflection of her entire career. Part folkie, part rocker, and part blues woman, Alice is all entertainer when she "unplugs" for a solo show.

Alice was one of the first women of rock to front her own band, write her own songs, and sing and play electric lead guitar. Many of Alice's fans still like her best as a solo acoustic performer, where her shy humor shines and her song interpretations and her song writing ability are well displayed.

Alice has the ability to make any song her own. Two songs that aptly demonstate this ability are Statesboro Blues (Willie McTell) and I Feel Like Hank Williams Tonight (Chris Wall) . On Statesboro Blues, Alice's guitar skills are on full display and when she sings "Hank" there is seldom a dry eye in the house.

Discography

1964 All The Good Times on Arhoolie Records
1970 Fulltime Woman on Fantasy Records
1972 Believing on Fantasy Records
1996 Really Good on Country con Fusion Records
1999 Crazy with the Blues on Country con Fusion
2002 Can't Find No Heaven on Burnside Records
2005 Live at the Triple Door on Country con Fusion
2007 Freedom on Country con Fusion Records

Set List

My sets can range all the way from 25 minutes to 90 minutes - whatever the occasion calls for
Original Songs & Covers of Country Blues Songs

Blues in the Bottle - Alice Stuart
James Alley Blues - Rabbit Brown
Stackolee - Mississippi John Hurt
Wild Bill Jones - Traditional
Down to Earth Man - Alice Stuart
Sugar Babe - Alice Stuart
Highway Blues - Alice Stuart
Freedom - Alice Stuart
I Won't Bleed - Alice Stuart