In the ’60s, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel shared an apartment in England with him.
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin fame played guitar on several of his songs.
Rick Wakeman of Yes contributed some stellar keyboard work on some of his material, too.
And if that wasn’t enough, he opened concerts for The Rolling Stones and helped jump-start Cat Stevens’ career.
But regardless of his Past, Present, and Future, Al Stewart will always be best known for his legendary 1976 album and single Year of the Cat.
The veteran folksinger will make his first Augusta appearance at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 1, at the Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center in Evans. Tickets are $35 and available from augustaamusements.com or by phoning (706) 726-0366.
IT WASN’T HIS FIRST ALBUM DEPT. Even though Year of the Cat was the seventh album from the Scottish folksinger, most folks in the States were unaware that Stewart had long enjoyed a successful but relatively low-key career in Europe.That all changed with the million-selling Year of the Cat and its equally superb 1978 follow-up Time Passages.
For those two albums, Stewart engaged the services of producer/musician Alan Parsons, who had worked with The Beatles, The Hollies and Pink Floyd. His international career changed literally overnight. Parsons’ immense commercial sensibilities helped transform Stewart’s vivid lyrical imagery for the masses in a way that never compromised Stewart’s passion for storytelling. Of course, Parsons did the same thing for Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, too. But then again, it’s quite rare to hear any musician name-check Hollywood icons Humphrey Bogart and Peter Lorre in addition to mentioning Nostradamus and U.S. President Warren G. Harding in his work.
Gee, not even Bob Dylan did that!
Sure, his hit-making days are behind him, but Stewart continues to tour all over the world featuring selections from his 16 studio offerings. His latest release is a superb DVD Carmel by the Sea recorded in the States with some of California’s finest session musicians.
Recently, promoters throughout the Augusta area have never been more aggressive in bringing top-flight entertainment to us. Support their faith in local audiences by getting out for an evening of unforgettable songs and some of the stories about them from the great Al Stewart.
As Stewart sings in his hit single Time Passages “buy me a ticket on the last train home tonight.” In this case, you don’t have to worry about the train, but I do strongly suggest that you get your tickets early for this concert. See you at the show!