Saturday, April 21, 2018

Country great Gary Stewart sings Motown for RSD!

Delmore Records dug up two unissued demos of Gary singing Motown classics for the perfect RSD single.
Here's the scoop from the Delmore label...
Anyone that knows the Delmore label knows that we are huge Gary Stewart fans. We've been working on a full length compilation of unreleased Gary for longer than some of you have been alive, and eight(!) years ago we rescued the headneck classic Grandma's Roadhouse from private press obscurity.  And now, we are ecstatic to announce the release of the rarest of all of Gary's previously unreleased recordings as a limited edition 7" single for Record Store Day 2018.

Five years before "She's Acting Single (I'm Drinking Doubles)", Gary Stewart was paid $30 to sing on a demo of Motown hits country style. The session was arranged by publishing lifer Henry Hurt on behalf of Jobete Music, who was hoping to interest country stars in their catalogue.

Absolutely no one seemed to have a copy of the tape that blew the mind of record producer Roy Dea, sending him on a multi year crusade to get Gary a record deal and to produce his records.  As Dea told the writer Jimmy McDonough in the Village Voice in 1988, while discussing that first exposure: “I never knew anyone who blew me away like Gary, an’ I seen Elvis, Hank Williams – all of ‘em. You get hooked on Stewart. He’s like a damn drug.”  The legend of this recording has appeared in nearly every story written about Stewart, but the tapes were presumed lost.

Recently discovered after a ten-year search, and released for the first time ever, the Mowtown seven-inch single is an essential addition to your Gary Stewart jukebox. Available in smart record shops worldwide on Record Store Day, April 21st. Listen to Gary sing the Four Tops classic "Baby I Need Your Loving" below. Read about the single in Rolling Stone – who told them about Gary Stewart?

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