Tribute to a legend
‘California Bloodlines’ tribute showcases work of late John Stewart
By John Sollenberger 05/29/2014
Forty-five years ago, former Kingston Trio member John Stewart released his first proper solo album, “California Bloodlines.” Saturday afternoon a stellar cast of players, some of whom worked with Stewart, perform a tribute to the late Americana legend in a matinee show at Coffee Gallery Backstage.
Topping the list is Stewart’s muse, soul mate, friend and wife, singer and instrumentalist Buffy Ford Stewart (buffyfordstewart.com). After his death in 2008, she set about preserving his musical legacy, resulting in her 2013 disc, “Same Old Heart.” The album includes her original songs and some by John Stewart, featuring performances by an all-star cast. In a sad twist of fate, one of those contributors was Davy Jones of The Monkees, who died in 2012. Jones sang on Buffy Stewart’s version of “Daydream Believer” in his last studio performance.
Others scheduled to perform Saturday include Americana heroes Carla Olson, Dave Crossland, Dave Batti, James Lee Stanley, Chad Watson, Duane Thorin and Mark McKinniss. Terry Roland is producing the show.
Music starts at 2 p.m. Saturday at Coffee Gallery Backstage, 2029 N. Lake Ave., Altadena. Tickets are $25. Call (626) 798-6236 for tickets and visit coffeegallery.com for information.