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“Talk about versatility! Singer-songwriter Stuart McNair plays several instruments, including guitar, accordion, trumpet, piano, washboard and harmonica. He performs as a solo act, in a duo and with a full band. His music style? It bears the influences of zydeco, reggae, and folk. "It's Southern roots music," McNair says. "I'm influenced by all of the folk traditions of the American South. It's intended to be positive, not just to represent Southern styles, but to uplift. The idea, through the message of songs and stories, is to bring some joy and happiness to people, in a new and fresh way." In conversation, McNair seems like a serious guy, but his ultimate goal is to make people dance. His latest record offers proof of that; it's called "Dance All Day." The 12-track album is McNair's fourth independent release, following "Climbing a Mountain" (2009), "Growing a Garden" (2008) and "Building a Fire" (2004).”

“New Orleans Songwriter Stuart McNair, a Mobile native, returns to the Port City on Wednesday for a show at the Alabama Music Box. His recent activities include multiple appearances at the Festival of Spirituality and Peace in Edinburgh, Scotland, and a side trip to London, where he performed during the summer Olympics. For a full story on that odyssey, click here. His Christmas homecoming show takes place Wednesday, Dec. 26, at the Alabama Music Box, 455 Dauphin St., with an advertised start time of 9 p.m. There is no cover for the 18-and-up performance, McNair said. Upload your music for free at ReverbNation.com”

“By the time you read this, Mobile native Stuart McNair will have finished up one adventure and moved on to another. He’ll have put the whirlwind experiences of August behind him and slipped away on a solo backpacking trip through the Netherlands, Germany and Italy. But in the bigger sense, he’ll probably never put August behind him. The inquisitive songwriter recently spent a few precious international calling minutes sharing his thoughts on the developments of the month. In terms of his efforts to broaden his own musical horizons, it was a great leap forward — and one that also put him into the elite ranks of Gulf Coast musicians who have become ambassadors to audiences not just outside the region, but outside the country. “The primary thrust of what I’m doing is”

“With its grand arrangements and vocal work, this album should find its popularity rocketing up to the moon and back. It is a travesty to see that Stuart McNair remains an unsigned artist. This being his third album, I thought by now that maybe a record company somewhere in the world would pay some attention to what he has to say, as this self-penned album consisting of fourteen songs sends a shiver down the spine due to how fantastic they are. Stuart isn’t the only person playing on this album, but is joined by his distinguished band on mandolin, banjo, fiddle, pedal steel, and horns. It is on Out of Your Mind that this collaboration between Stuart and his band is shown at its best. Played at such a frenetic sound, this gloriousness is downright outrageous. Ways of Nature has a stonking Americana sound to it. With some delightful mandolin picking and sublime fiddling, this is in fact the album”

Russell Hill - Maverick Magazine, UK

“A voice that makes you feel you are wrapped in a warm blanket and words that make you think about your place in this crazy world – that sums up Stuart McNair for me. While visiting Mobile, Alabama, I went to Stuart McNair’s annual Christmas concert at Callaghan’s Irish Social Club on 28 December, 2008. I had ‘discovered’ him when I was visiting here about 4 years ago and got his first album, but wasn’t about to make the concert. This year, I was determined to get to the concert. Being a native of New Zealand and still getting used to driving on the right side of the road, getting there was an adventure. But with the help of Google Maps (how did we survive without it?) I made my way the historic downtown district of Mobile. Tucked in amongst historic southern homes, complete with front porch rockers, is a small corner bar – known as Callaghan’s. It is worth a visit just for its charm and historic atmospher”

Vanillamist.com

“Stuart McNair explores Earth-friendly topics on his new CD, Growing A Garden. Recorded live, in-studio with just McNair, his guitar and harmonica, listening to Growing A Garden is like having McNair over for a house concert. The organic feel of the album and the honest, down-home songwriting and performance lend a certain charm to the 18 songs presented here. Growing A Garden opens with The Birds Were Like A Symphony, a song of appreciation for the beauty of nature, and the way that the Earth around us every day can surprise us when we simply take the time to notice. McNair’s voice is strong and clear and has a rugged beauty to it. Man On A Mission has an autobiographical element to it, explaining perhaps, why McNair makes music. There’s a great classic folk sound here and McNair reminds me heavily of David Matheson on this song. Somewhere In The Middle”

Wildy's World Online Reviews

“Stuart McNair returns with his latest creation, Climbing A Mountain. The gentle Country/Rock provocateur charms with 14 songs full of Country, Bluegrass, Zydeco, Rock and a bit of North Carolina picking. It’s the follow-up to McNair’s 2008 debut, Growing A Garden, and is guaranteed to get your feet moving, get you thinking and even make you laugh a little. Climbing A Mountain opens with the upbeat Country/Pop of Ways Of Nature, an imagining of what the world looked like without the influence of mankind stamped all over it. It’s a catchy melody wrapped around a bit of populist/Green poetry that is likely to have a lot of appeal. Somewhere In The Middle is a classic “opposites attract” song played in a classic-style Country arrangement. The song is fresh enough to maybe get some play from commercial Country radio, but would definitely play well to folks who still remember what Country music was all about before it becam”

Wildy's World Online Reviews

“Stuart McNair returns with his latest creation, Climbing A Mountain. The gentle Country/Rock provocateur charms with 14 songs full of Country, Bluegrass, Zydeco, Rock and a bit of North Carolina picking. It’s the follow-up to McNair’s 2008 debut, Growing A Garden, and is guaranteed to get your feet moving, get you thinking and even make you laugh a little. Climbing A Mountain opens with the upbeat Country/Pop of Ways Of Nature, an imagining of what the world looked like without the influence of mankind stamped all over it. It’s a catchy melody wrapped around a bit of populist/Green poetry that is likely to have a lot of appeal. Somewhere In The Middle is a classic “opposites attract” song played in a classic-style Country arrangement. The song is fresh enough to maybe get some play from commercial Country radio, but would definitely play well to fol”

Russell Hill - Maverick Magazine, UK

“With its grand arrangements and vocal work, this album should find its popularity rocketing up to the moon and back. It is a travesty to see that Stuart McNair remains an unsigned artist. This self-penned album consisting of fourteen songs sends a shiver down the spine. Stuart isn't the only person playing on this album, but is joined by his distinguished band on mandolin, banjo, fiddle, pedal steel, and horns. It is on Out of Your Mind that this collaboration between Stuart and his band is shown at its best. Played at such a frenetic sound, this gloriousness is downright outrageous. Ways of Nature has a stonking Americana sound to it. With some delightful mandolin picking and sublime fiddling, this is in fact the album's opening tune and it leads the audience on a path of musical discovery to an act whose career should be closely followed. This album is phenomenal from start to finish!”

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