Toledo fixture Jeff Stewart can’t sit stillWritten by Paige Shermis | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Pop psychology asserts that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to make one a master. If this is true, Jeff Stewart certainly has obtained mastery status when it comes to his music.
“I’ve been playing since I was 11,” Stewart said.
Stewart is a longtime fixture on the Toledo music scene, playing in the past with The Flecks and The Starlings. He’s put out four CDs, two of them solo.
While a member of The Flecks, a band once a favorite of Toledo-area college students, the Start High School graduate was known as “Jeffrey Sunshine.”
When asked about his musical style, Stewart conceded that he doesn’t have one, but several.
“It’s country western. I call it ‘rock ’n’ roll folk.’ It’s pop, it’s American influenced, it’s British influenced. It’s rock ’n’ roll,” he said.
Stewart contributed “Little One” to the Red Cross benefit CD.
“I think it’s about the possibility of finding love again after it was gone, and the idea of opening up your heart for the possibility that you can dive down into it again with someone you care about,” he said.
“Chuck Mauk and Gregg Leonard produced [the track] with me and played on it also. They’re just as important in my world as I am,” he said.
Currently, Stewart is putting the finishing touches on a new CD, which he thinks will be called “Can’t Sit Still.”
Besides his successes and longevity as a musician, Stewart spends time making visual art.
His paintings, which can be seen on his website, www.jeffstewartmusic.com, are brightly colored, with musicians and nature as common subjects.