January 21st, 2018

CR Stewart

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Syracuse Bands - CR Stewart

Thanks for taking the time to visit my on-line resume:

To begin with, I'm completely self-taught at playing drums - I started learning how in 1965 and played my first 'paid gig' over 50 years ago (Nov 12,1966 at age 16). Since that time I've worked with numerous bands and artists from all around Central & Northern New York, performing all sorts of styles: Classic & Southern Rock, Blues & R&B, Rockabilly, Oldies, Swing and Classic & Modern Country, along with plenty of good old 'fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants' jamming too! I've been described as an "old-school, FEEL drummer", which I take as a compliment! I can sing lead &/or backup and I have song-writing and studio experience too --- Drums on KYOTE's SAMMY-nominated debut album in '98 --- Drums & Vocals and Co-writer of THE JAM BONES' two SAMMY-nominated CDs: 'Shake and Bake' in '06 and 'New Recipe' in '08.

Whenever I'm playing I try to remember: the Drummer is NOT the Lead instrument, but a team-player & steady time-keeper who keeps the groove movin' along smoothly, providing the 'foundation' that solidly supports the 'rest of the house'; Don't approach every song as an opportunity for a drum solo, but do enjoy stretching a bit when & where it FITS, and always remember: 'Louder' doesn't ALWAYS make the Music, the Band OR The Drummer sound better!

I've played with so many people over the years that I'm sure I've probably forgotten a few. However, here's at least a PARTIAL list of groups I've worked with:
(1960's) - The Pale Blue Light
(1970's) - Night Train
- Skydog
- Third Wish
(1980's) - Free Country (w/Barbara Ray)
- Firelight (w/Ken Harms)
- The Roundup (w/Spence Montague)
(1990's) - Familiar Faces
- Lesego (w/Kevin Barrigar)
- Kyote
(2000's) - The Jam Bones (w/Rich Walikis)
(2010's) - JD & Rollin' South
- The Oddz
- Poker Face
- Rockinspiel
- Smooth Cruisin'

..... in the new year ahead, I'm looking forward to work with several different groups including POKER FACE, ROCKINSPIEL, SMOOTH CRUISIN' and possibly the Auburn-area Tom Petty tribute band THE PETTY THIEVES. When gigs are booked with any of these groups I'll be sure to post them both here and on Facebook!

Keep Rockin'! CR...