Stuart McNair was recently called "one of the South's musical
treasures" by Maverick Magazine UK, for his ability to combine
Southern American Folk, Zydeco, Bluegrass, and Reggae traditions
and weave them into Earth-friendly, life-affirming, uplifting songs.
Maverick called his music a "cosmic musical jouney".
Stuart McNair is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and bandleader
from the American South. Born and raised on the Alabama and
Louisiana Gulf Coast, Stuart now lives in Asheville, NC. He combines
Folk, Country, Bluegrass, and Louisiana traditions for an iresistible sound and
joyous live show. His songs, called "dazzling", "uplifting", and
"glorious", deliver an Earth-friendly message and deal with love,
life, and communion with nature.
With a busy touring schedule both in the US and overseas,
Stuart wows audiences by playing guitars, piano, harmonicas, trumpet,
accordion, washboard, mandolin, and other instruments on stage.
He has a strong Zydeco influence, and he uses bayou and mountain
rythms, and unique tales to take his audience to new places.
Stuart McNair and his full band play major music and arts festivals in the States
(Shakori Hills Grassroots (NC), Spirit of the Suwannee Festivals (FL),
Elderberry Festival (MO), the Magic City Art Connection (AL), and the Festival of Spirituality
and Peace in Scotland (UK).
Stuart's songs have landed on AAA, NPR, and other charts. Stuart recently played in
London during the 2012 Olympics.
Stuart's latest release, a full band Zydeco-influenced romp called "Dance All Day",
has had great reviews in the US and the UK.
2004 - Building a Fire
2008 - Growing a Garden
2009 - Climbing a Mountain
2012 - Dance All Day
2012 - Alive in London
"McNair touches on elements of life, love, faith, and our communion with nature.
In simple, straight-forward fashion, McNair has created an album that should
establish him as one of the best young talents in folk music, bar none. Guaranteed
to get your feet moving, get you thinking, and even make you laugh"
"Destined for Alternative Greatness"
- Muse's Muse Online Reviews
"Sends a shiver down the spine. The gloriousness is downright outrageous.
An act whose career should be closely followed"
- Maverick Magazine, London, UK
"Cosmic thoughts and unforgettable, beautiful songs...a bit like Johnny Cash
singing the Upanishads."
- Mobile Bay Monthly
"Guaranteed to get your feet moving, get you thinking, and even make you laugh"
"Building a Fire is a much-needed reemergence of heartfelt, quality Southern music.
It's an impressive combination of folk, bluegrass, and alt. country....akin to the likes of
Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan, with a hint of Simon and Garfunkel."
"He could be on the airwaves in an instant. Or with the right support, he could be the next
alt-country darling, alongside Ryan Adams and Wilco"
- City Magazine, Tuscaloosa, AL