Jeff Stuart & the Hearts
Alternative, Indie, Pop, Rock
Unlike some alt-country that lifts its musical spirit from dusty ol’ saloon floors or gravel roads found only in books and movies, Jeff Stuart’s music is bona fide, resting in its natural habitat. He’s not putting on some hillbilly act; he’s using the heart-on-sleeve framework of roots music to construct an expansive sonic world built out of the music he loves. Stuart writes songs that wouldn’t sound out of place in 1971, at the birth of Big Star and the New York Dolls among the wreckage of the Beatles and Gram Parsons–era Byrds, striving for glory and redemption on the AM dial. Melodies, harmonies, and hooks, hooks, hooks abound.
All the Hearts are accomplished multi-instrumentalists, bringing strong musicianship and a healthy dollop of sonic experimentation to their performances, where they trade, layer, interpret and cohere beautifully, mixing some glitter with the grit.