Stewart Re-Invents Himself Yet Again On His Third Country Outing

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Dave Stewart has done it again.  The former Eurythmics star has re-invented himself once again on his latest record, Lucky Numbers.  The third of his Nashville records, this record comes across as the culmination of Stewart’s journey into the country music world.  And it goes without saying that if this is the last of his country records, it is his best yet.  The record offers a little of something for everybody over the course of eleven tracks.  The album’s opener, ‘Every Single Night’ is quite the interesting way to kick off this album.  That’s because while it does boast a country element, it’s also slightly tinged with an 80s sound, too.  The addition of country superstar Martina McBride doesn’t hurt the record, either.  And its radio edit, is little different.  It’s just one of the songs that listeners will enjoy on this record.  Just as enjoyable is the semi-bluesy ‘Drugs Taught Me a Lesson.’  This song doesn’t necessarily have a country vibe about it.  But its theme of past drug use set alongside its mid-tempo musical side make it another of the album’s high points.  Speaking of high points, the album’s third track, ‘How To Ruin A Romance’ is one more of those high points.  Its playful energy and equally comical yet true lyrical side will most assuredly have anyone smiling as they sing along.  These are just a few of the most notable of the songs from Stewart’s new album.  For those that want something a little softer, Stewart has a relatively good offering of softer material, too.  Along with the more up-tempo songs, they put Dave Stewart into this critic’s list of the year’s best new records again.’

‘Every Single Night’ opens Lucky Numbers.  This mid-tempo pop country tune is a good re-introduction for Stewart.  It’s quite the interesting opener, too.  It’s light pop/rock vibe conjures thoughts of Phil Collins and certain other well-known acts from the 80s.  That’s thanks to the keyboard and drums that largely drive the song.  Ironically, it’s that same solid drumming that is sure to have audiences at Stewart’s live shows raising their hands and clapping together in time to the song.  Guest star Martina McBride actually serves to make the song feel even more like a pop song straight from the late 80s with her vocal prowess.  It adds a certain charm as the pair sings, “That’s why the rain came/Every single night/Every single night/Like a ball and chain/Every single night/Every single night/I’m never gonna cry again/Every single night/Every single night/Don’t ask me why again/Every single night/Every single night.”  The charm of the duo singing together along with the song’s musical side makes it so easy to close one’s eyes and actually see them singing.  Even images of the pair singing together will come across to some just like a music video from the 80s.  Is that bad?  Not necessarily.  It’s actually somewhat endearing.  And that endearing feeling is the heart of the song.  Stewart and McBride have hit an emotional nerve with listeners that will lead to the above mentioned reactions.

After the feel good vibes created in ‘Every Single Night’, one might wonder how Stewart could possibly follow up that song.  He follows it up by changing things up in every sense of the term.  Instead of offering more of that endearing classic rock vibe, Stewart turns bluesy on the album’s next song, ‘Drugs Taught Me A Lesson.’  He was joined by Vanessa Amorosi and The Ringmaster Chorus on this song.  This is another of those songs that make it so easy for audiences to envision Stewart live on stage, performing the song.  It’s so easy to see the Ringmaster’s Chorus behind Stewart, swaying back and forth, smiling as they sing and clap in time.  The song’s laid back piano riff mixed with its infectious groove laid down by Stewart’s bassist make the song even more fun.  And one can’t forget the incredible guitar work in this track, either.  All three elements together make the song’s lyrical side hit even harder, believe it or not.  That’s because Stewart is singing from the vantage point of someone having gotten past drug addiction.  He sings, “Drugs taught me a lesson/How to lose control/Drugs taught me a lesson/Just how I lose my soul/And that’s one hard lesson to learn.”  It would have been so easy to take a more somber road on this song.  Stewart took chose otherwise.  And it paid off, too.  It shows that there is hope for those struggling to get past drug addiction, and the joy that can result in living a clean life.  So for that, kudos is in order for Stewart and company.

Stewart and his band mates maintain the light hearted vibe established in the album’s second song with the very next piece, ‘How To Ruin A Romance.’  This song just cries country.  It is really the first pure country style song on this record.  Stewart and guest musician Vanessa Amorosi sing playfully about all the ways that people—particularly men—ruin a romance.  From not taking a cue from a woman to passing up the chance to talk to a woman or even kiss her, he and Amorosi outline rather well all the things to not do.  They offer up even more ways that a romance can be romance can be ruined.  And there are a lot of ways to ruin a romance, too, as listeners will find out.  Add in some nice guitar solos and solid drumming, and listeners get yet another enjoyable song from Stewart’s new album.

As one can hopefully tell by now, there is plenty of reason for audiences to applaud Dave Stewart on his latest LP.  He offers much more from which listeners can choose as their own favorite songs.  There is more light hearted material throughout the record as well as more heartfelt material for those wanting to hear Stewart’s softer side.  Altogether, it works to make Lucky Numbers another hit from Dave Stewart, and another album from Stewart that makes this critic’s list of the year’s best new albums.  Fans will get to hear these songs and even more of his material in just a couple of months when he performs at “VaVoom…A Rock and Roll Circus” in Los Angeles, California on Thursday, January 30th.  Tickets for that show are available now and can be ordered online at http://goldenvoice.com/shows/details/?id=245809.  All of the latest information on more upcoming shows and news from Dave Stewart is available online at http://www.facebook.com/davestewart and http://davestewart.com.  To keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news, go online to http://www.facebook.com/philspicks and “Like” it.  Fans can always keep up with the latest sports and entertainment reviews and news in the Phil’s Picks blog at https://philspicks.wordpress.com.

Dave Stewart Set To Release Eighth Solo Album This Fall

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Courtesy: Kobalt Label Services

Dave Stewart’s new album, Lucky Numbers, will be released this Fall, just over a year since the release of his most recent album, Ringmaster General.   It is the third release from Stewart in as many years, and will be the eighth full length solo release for Stewart, who is most well-known for his role of half of the 80s pop act, Eurythmics alongside Annie Lennox.

The first single from Lucky Numbers, ‘Every Single Night’ is currently playing at radio stations nationwide.  It can be downloaded via iTunes now at

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Courtesy: Kobalt Label Services

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/every-single-night-feat.-martina/id681124293?ign-mpt=uo%3D4.

A lyric video for the single is set to debut Monday, August 19th.  Fans can expect more of the 60s infused rock sound that permeated Stewart’s previous pair of releases on Lucky Numbers.  Stewart was joined by guitarist Tom Bukovac, drummer Chad Cromwell, bassist Michael Rhodes, pianist Mike Rojas, pedal steel guitarist Dan Dugmore and multi-talented musician Kieran Kiely on Lucky Numbers.  Kiely’s talents included songs featuring her on accordion, flute, and the Irish bodhran drum, which can be heard on the album’s lead single.

Stewart pulled in some big names to provide their talents to his latest album.  One of the biggest of those guests was none other than Martina McBride.  She provided guest vocals on the album’s lead single.  Also joining Stewart this time out were:  Karen Elson (‘Nashville Snow’), Australian pop star Vanessa Amorosi (‘What’s Wrong With Me’), famed Broadway actress Laura Michelle Kelly and violinist Ann Marie Calhoun (‘You and I’), and Lynn Mabry joined by a gospel choir (Drugs Taught Me a Lesson’ and ‘What’s Wrong with Me’).

Stewart shared his insights on Lucky Numbers in a recent interview about the upcoming album.  “The two worlds collide in the most beautiful way,” he said.  “I’m singing one thing in my mind, and they’re playing something completely different, but it works.”

The track listing for Lucky Numbers is listed below.

Lucky Numbers Track Listing

Every Single Night
Drugs Taught Me A Lesson
How To Ruin A Romance
What’s Wrong With Me
Satellite
Why Can’t We Be Friends
You and I
Nashville Snow
Never Met A Woman Like You
One Step Too Far
Lucky Numbers

Stewart will kick off a tour in support of Lucky Numbers on Thursday, September 12th at the famed Troubador in West Hollywood, California.  From there, Stewart will head overseas to tour Europe beginning Saturday, September 28th in Cologne, Germany.  The most current slate of tour dates is available online now at http://www.facebook.com/davestewart and http://davestewart.com 

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Stewart Impresses Yet Again On New LP

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Dave Stewart still has it.  Every time that the former Eurythmics member has released a new album, he has reinvented himself to great success.  His new album, “The Ringmaster General” is no exception.  While his most recent album, “The Blackbird Diaries” (2011) had a touch of country in it, this new album seems more focused on country, even going so far as to include a song titled, ‘A New Song For Nashville.’  Of course, country isn’t the only style that Stewart covers on this release.  The album opens with the semi-psychedelic radio ready rock song, ‘I Got Love.’  He pairs up with Joss Stone for this song.  The pairing is no coincidence as the pair recently toured together.  And it makes for a fun start to the album.  They sing on this song, “I got love/but I feel so bad.”  The lyrics don’t seem like they’d go with the jamming, up-tempo music.  But all together, it works very well.  The addition of the sax part on this song adds an extra little flare, too.

‘I Got Love’ is followed up with a more mellow song in ‘Just Another Fall.’  Stewart is joined on this song by singer/songwriter Diane Burch.  And just as [Joss] Stone’s vocals were a welcome addition to ‘I Got Love’, Birch’s vocals make ‘Just Another Fall’ work just as well.  This song comes off lyrically as one centered on the topic of relationships as the pair sings to one another, “I could hardly believe it when you said you had an open mind/I was so excited/I was in love/I was so blind/cracks appeared in the ice/ but they were pretty/just like Venice lace/I could see what was gonna happen/as the lines/they appeared on your face.” 

“The Ringmaster General” has its share of fun up-tempo songs.  But it also has more deeply emotional songs such as his duet with country star Alison Krauss on ‘Drowning in the Blues.’  Krauss’ voice is as beautiful and powerful as ever even in its gentility.  Stewart expertly matches her take on the song, too.  The song’s music is a perfect emotional match for the pair’s sound.  It catches every nuance of the song, all while adding its own extra emotion, making it one of the album’s best songs.  It would be no surprise if this song becomes one of the album’s many singles.

‘Drowning in The Blues’, ‘Just Another Fall’ and ‘I Got Love’ are just a few of the songs that make Dave Stewart’s “The Ringmaster General” another great album.  The whole album is loaded with songs that every listener will find to be their own favorite.  Fans will also be excited to know that Dave will be running a UK tour in September.  And as part of that tour, he is giving fans the chance to be his opening act on the tour.  All the information on the contest can be found on his website, http://davestewart.com.  More information on his upcoming tour, his new album and more is also available online at http://www.facebook.com/davestewart, http://www.youtube.com/user/DaveStewartOfficial, http://www.myspace.com/thedavestewart, and http://twitter.com/davestewart.

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Dave Stewart Celebrating new release with mini-tour

British music legend Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) will release his new album, “The Ringmaster General” this Fall.  In celebration, Stewart will be performing four shows in the United Kingdom.  The mini-tour kicks off witha homecoming concert at the Empire Theatre in Sunderland.  That date will be followed by dates in Birmingham, Manchester, and London. 

“The Ringmaster General” was recorded and mixed by John McBride, who also had a hand in his previous album, “The Blackbird Diaries.”  It will feature thirteen brand new songs.  Among those new songs will be duets with Alison Krauss, Diane Birch, and Joss Stone. 

Stewart said of “The Ringmaster General”, “I called my trusted buddy and co-producer Mike Bradford and warned him we were going back into the vortex armed with nothing but a brand new guitar.”  He added, “All the appropriate circus rascals were summoned and thus began the five- day marathon madness that aptly describes a DAVE STEWART solo album/party.”

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The Business Playground is Child’s Play in a good way

Dave Stewart is most commonly known for his role as one half of the pop group, Eurythmics.  But what a lot of people probably don’t know about Mr. Stewart is that he is quite the intelligent businessman.  And his recent book, The Business Playground:  Where Creativity and Commerce Collide shows just how smart he is.  Stewart partnered with Mark Simmons to write what comes across as a textbook, but is easy enough for even a casual reader or even a business student to understand.  From the colors and cartoony characters, and simple writing style (and associated short chapters), it’s likely to become one of the next standards for understanding business success.  It will help businesses succeed both at the employee level, and that of the CEO. 

The Business Playground:  Where Creativity and Commerce Collide has a lot going for itself.  It’s written in the simplest possible terms for its readers.  The writing style used for the book is so simple that it would be no surprise if at least some colleges and universities across the globe were using it in their business management classes.  If not, they should be.  It even includes pre-highlighted sections that point out some important and semi-important facts.  Among those highlighted sections is one statement that expertly sums up the entire book.  It reads, “It’s likely that some people are in fact more creative than other people, but we all have the ability to think creatively and certain activities can bring out that ability”.  Stewart and Simmons attempt to bring out that ability by writing the book in layman’s terms, instead of business legalese that only a select group can grasp.

This may come across as odd, but the book’s simple terms are only a small part of what makes The Business Playground the innovation that it is.  Most books about businesses are as cold as the businesses about which they are written.  This work, on the other hand, is much warmer and more welcoming.  It’s not a standard hardback book with lots of big words in tiny print.  Instead, it’s a paperback book.  It’s not stiff and rigid, like said businesses, and their descriptive text books.  The chapters are relatively short.  And they’re explained in a way that not only students and businesses can understand, but that average readers can grasp. 

Still not enough?  Well how about the fact that it uses bright colors and cartoonish figures throughout.  Yes that’s right.  It incorporates lots of bright colors and cartoonish figures to grasp the rearder’s attention.  One would think it was written for children.  But adults are nothing but grown up children.  Most casual readers don’t want something overly difficult.  And if ever there was something difficult to understand, it’s how to get one’s innovations to be used in business.  By using the bright colors, and cartoony figures, the book is easier on the reader’s eyes.    In turn readers are more inclined to not immediately toss the book aside.

The Business Playground:  Where Creativity and Commerce Collide is one of the best books about the business world written in recent history.  Because of its ease in reading, and general assembly, it could become the model for businesses and business schools alike for many years to come.  And it could make Stewart and Simmons themselves leaders of the business world.