April 26th, 2018

CR Stewart

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Syracuse Bands - CR Stewart

Thanks for taking the time to visit my on-line Music 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 including: 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 do 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 past 50+years that I'm sure I've probably forgotten a few, but here's at least a PARTIAL list of CNY-area groups/artists I've worked with since I started:

(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 (w/Pam McCann)
(2000's) - The Jam Bones (w/Rich Walikis)
(2010's) - JD & Rollin' South
- The Oddz
- Poker Face
- Rockinspiel
- Smooth Cruisin'

I've been working with a few different groups lately, including a new version of The ODDZ and Auburn-area Tom Petty cover band "The Petty Thieves", and you never can tell what else might come along! When gigs ARE booked I'll immediately engage in plenty of shameless self-promotion and post them both here and on Facebook!

And just a reminder, I DO occasionally do fill-in's, so if your Drummer can't make a show MAYBE I can help! Simply message me here or on Facebook. ~CR...