The Jared Stewart Band got their start around 1994 in the Billings Montana area. You might not think of Montana as a place to start a blues band, but Jared and his crew prove that you can make a mighty fine blues sound at altitudes of 3000 feet and much higher! High altitude and high energy to boot! This is a very accomplished blues band with a previous release entitled, "No Color In The Blues". Their recent release, "Indian Summer" showcases their hard work in the past years. They rock the blues! I hear quite a few influences in the Jared Stewart Band from blues greats to Redbone!
     Jared and Band have won many local awards and been claimed the best blues act in Montana. I think we can expand that scope to include a much wider audience. I became a fan at my very first listen. The band's present line-up is:

  • Jared Stewart: lead and harmony vocals, rhythm and lead Guitar
  • Randy Moore: bass and harmony vocals
  • John "Horse" Culbertson: drums
  • Steve "Monster" Melia: lead and harmony vocals, rhythm and lead guitar
You can read more about the band's accomplishments at their web site at  www.jaredstewart.com.
     The opening track, "
Sweet Home Chicago", opens with Jared's spanking stratocaster laying out the blues backing for this classic Robert Johnson tune. Jared sings the tune with gusto and dives into a great bit of solo work with the solid backbone of drummer John "Horse" and bass of Ern [bass player on this recording].

     "Every Time I Roll The Dice" is a rocker that does justice to it's country blues roots. Jared proves himself as a great rock and roll vocalist then strutting out a terrific rock and roll guitar solo in between verses proves he can rock out a lead as well.
     The original instrumental tune, "
Reflections", is a melodic blues based tune with lead guitar work a little reminiscent of Carlos Santana's guitar tone and sustained leads.
     The Temptation tune, "
Just My Imagination [Running Away With Me]", has been adapted to the band's blues origin. They do a nice job of adding their stamp to this classic tune. Guest Hammond B3 player, Dave Heidt, fills in the backing band and the answering vocals. Anyone for a slow dance?
     
"Indian Summer", is another original instrumental by the Jared. It allows the guitarist to stretch out and play some beautiful blues rock leads.
     "
High Gate Shuffle", shows off Jared's ability to Texas Blues rock with the best of the bluesmen. He gets that big fat sound of the SRV crowd.
     "Roadhouse Blues" opens with Jared asking if he can turn this guitar upů This classic Doors tune is given a rocking blues drive Jared Stewart style. Thick snarly guitar and driving bass and drums rule this version.
     I urge you to support this Montana blues band--they are terrific! You can find their music for sale by clicking on the art work of their CD. Keep enjoying! ~Steve Ekblad--audigrid.com

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