Throughout the month, be sure to return regularly and check out continuing coverage of Blogcritics' Featured artist for April, Al Stewart.
In defiance of economic theory, A Beach Full of Shells offers increasing returns with each listen. ... [I]f you have yet to discover the talents of Al Stewart, whatever your age or genre of choice, [here is] a perfect opportunity.
It is clear from page one that [the author] is passionate about music and about singer-songwriter Al Stewart in particular. Thank goodness for the novice writer's enthusiasm: His passion is what carries the reader through 312 densely packed pages of often-amusing anecdotes, free-flowing factoids, and the occasional surprise from the life story of the only artist from the '60s British folk-roots scene to score two LPs in the US Top Thirty.
April 12: Backstage with Al Stewart, New York City, 1998: A peek at the gifted singer-songwriter before the resurgence of his popularity - self-doubting and unaware of how appreciated he is.
"...[Y]ou were fine out there tonight."
"Be honest. I was better Tuesday." It must be noted that he didn't look or sound petulant - he wasn't seeking stroking or fishing for compliments. He was genuinely angry with himself — happens when an artist holds standards that exceed his or her admirers'. Al looked up from his dark thoughts and, remembering why we were there, gestured toward the dressing room. "Please come in. Have a seat."
April 17: Interview with Al Stewart, Sept. 2005
Part One: Thoughtful, intelligent and funny as hell: Singer-songwriter Al Stewart talks about his latest LP and word games.
Part Two: Folk-rock legend Al Stewart waxes nostalgic about rock and roll (but not about Doris Day) while reminding us that size matters, talks sense about nonsense poetry, and delightfully bends words to his will.
April 24: Al Stewart Discography
Part One: From 1966 to 1982, folk-club emcee, musician and songwriter Al Stewart travels from a lonely London bedsit to full-blown American pop stardom.
Part Two: From 1982 to the present,
Stewart deals with life changes, lawyers and continuing a path toward artistic growth, a career resurgence and a widening audience of appreciative, devoted listeners.
April 29: Al Stewart on the 'Net
Thank technology for Al Stewart's resurgence as an appreciated singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Using the Internet as a pathway, increasing numbers of people have been able to rediscover his literate, melodic works or to hear and fall in love with them for the first time. And if top honors are to be awarded for pushing the renewed interest in Stewart's work — beyond the primary credit of course due to the artist himself — the most deserving would be two individuals: webmaster and newsletter editor Kim Dyer and Stewart biographer Neville Judd.