Richard Axtell Stewart | Back in the Moat

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Back in the Moat

by Richard Axtell Stewart

Doom and gloom lyrics that are almost science fiction in nature mix well with musings on love and life, resulting in a compelling collection of songs revealing influences as varied as Black Sabbath, John Lennon, Van Halen and Bruce Springsteen.
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1. Back in the Moat
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2. Cain and Abel
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3. Flyin’
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4. Throw Your Love Away
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5. Change Your World
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6. Mountain Climbin’
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7. Thinner Than Air
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8. Electric Chair
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9. Some Things You Lose, You Can’t Let Go of
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10. The Rage of the Snake
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11. The Penalty of Love
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12. When the Rocks Cry Out
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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They say talent is inherited, and such is the case with the Stewart Family. Brothers Ritchie and Jason are the sons of Dick, lead guitarist of the legendary instrumental combo, The Knights. Born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Ritchie and Jason started playing music at a young age and spent some time in Austin, Texas in the early nineties where they pursued their craft. Ritchie went onto become a full-fledged member of the recently resurrected Knights, but continues working on other projects with his brother, where he handles lead vocals, rhythm guitar and bass.

Rounded out by Jason on lead guitar, keyboards and back-up vocals, the dynamic duo has just released their debut album, "Back In The Moat," which addresses many different tones, moods and styles to incredible effects. Heavy rock sounds, propelled by shredding guitars and pumping rhythms sit comfortably next to slower paced numbers designed of smart melodies and disciplined execution. Doom and gloom lyrics that are almost science fiction in nature mix well with musings on love and life, resulting in a compelling collection of songs revealing influences as varied as Black Sabbath, John Lennon, Van Halen and Bruce Springsteen. A touch of reggae and a pinch of good old-fashioned rock and roll are even slipped into the show. Ritchie and Jason wrote and arranged all of the tunes on the disc, and Jason engineered the sessions. Presenting an array of intriguing twists and turns, "Back in the Moat" is an immediate delight. May these two brothers reap the success they so rightly deserve. Says Ritch, “Subconscious writing is the key to the lock on the door of my mind’s eye. In fact, two of the songs were Jason’s compositions to which I merely wrote the vocals and melody line.”

Beverly Paterson
Reviewer, Staff Writer: Lance Monthly

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Some Excerpts from Chas Pikes' "Jyckin' Around" (October 2009 issue of "The Lance Monthly")

I folded my hulking frame back into the Tercel and headed for my hotel. I took the Jyck Monkey CD out of the player and stuck in one of the three CDs for the drive. Richard Axtell Stewart's "BACK IN THE MOAT." My mood immediately improved. I am a big fan of The Knights, and always found Ritchie to be a remarkable sideman. In the spotlight he proves no less remarkable. "BACK IN THE MOAT" contains twelve of Ritchie's own compositions, and underscores both his intelligence and the depth of his talents. Having been under the bushel for a long time, his light truly shines in this fantastic debut CD. His tunes are easy on the ear. Relaxing. He has a way of taking the old school country-rock outlaw sound of Joe Walsh and spinning it into harmonies and double tracks that bring to mind the John Lennon Elephant's Memory Band.

He ranges from poet to philosopher, and even manages to bring in a little prophecy with the Biblically inspired "Cain and Abel" and the CD’s closer "When The Rocks Cry Out."

Suddenly my mood was lightened.




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