Jeff Stewart

Jeff Stewart

Musician, Artist


Whether he's playing music, creating art or taking in the local scene, Jeff Stewart is a man about town. A relentless Toledo supporter, Stewart is one of the affable creatives whose hard work and positive attitude is contagious. He's currently working on several projects this year, which he hopes  "is going to be me getting a lot
of things off of my plate." We caught up with Stewart to discuss his new album, what gives him inspiration and the ridiculous amount of potholes this weather left us. 

Tell us more about some of your past projects.

I'm excited about the now and future,  so I'm going to skip to question #2!

What current projects are you working on?

I am currently working on the final phases of mixing and mastering my soon to be released solo album, Can't Sit Still.  It's thirteen tracks long and I can't wait til' you hear it!  I have two other recording projects that are in full-on mode as well.  As for my visual art,  I paint or design most days of the week.  I have a coffee table book of all my past art work and photography in the works as well.  2014 is going to be me getting a lot of things off of my plate.  

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts? 

The best advantage of being a Toledo native and resident is the cost of living.  Live cheap and travel well, I say.  My studio/office is in the heart of downtown which is a quick ride to anywhere, including most of my friends and family.  I do not take this for granted.  

Tell us about one of your greatest success. 

Success is being able to produce the work you said you were going to do.  Getting my artwork signed, scanned and framed along with the albums I have released in the past is success.  I've had music in three motion pictures and a major cable network show,  Sons of Anarchy.  I also got a kick out of seeing one of my paintings blown-up on a massive scale adorning a historical building in Detroit while they were hosting the Superbowl.  A greater success world be figuring out how to not use run-on sentences so very often.  

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration.

I get inspired by seeing my friends and peers getting things done and moving on to the next possibility.  

Tell us about your background. 

I'm pretty blue-collar.  I've got my bachelors degree on the office wall.  My background is a work in progress.  

Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?

 "Be bold and mighty forces will come to your aid" —  author unknown, but said to me by Sid Leonard during a rough period in my life.  It's helped me to focus and breathe when I need to most.  

Toledo's best kept secret is...

Shhh…it's a secret.  Actually,  it's like Soylent Green…it's the people.  

My favorite place to chill locally is...

Any of our killer bars and restaurants with my dearest friends.  I usually know a bartender or two who take great care of me.  Our waterways and parks offer a lot of room to get your chill on, as well.  

My favorite natural space in Toledo is...

The Vista overlook by Walbridge Park.  During a snow storm,  a sunshine day or the greyest of days,  this place seems to center me.  A drive down the Maumee River is most definitely good for you.  

When I'm not working hard, I can always be found...

…in my studio,  working hard. 

If I could change the current landscape for progressive people...

I would somehow change the constant whining about how bad Toledo sucks.  These people are the definition of the word boring.  

Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about?

My current recording and art projects with my people.  I love working with driven pros who can help me get the sounds and colors out of my head and onto the workbench.  And, poet extraordinaire Joel Lipman and I are collaborating on something that is really cool.  I am taking apart his past poems and arranging them into a song format.  Keep watching please!

Name one person (living or deceased ) who you would love to collaborate.

First person who came to my head is the producer Danger Mouse.  I would love to do a song-cycle with his skills.  That being said,  I am working on my new album with one of my best friends,  Gregg Leonard.  He is a mofo.

Name an album, book or website you can't live without.

I enjoy the Chive,  and the great autobiography,  "Life",  by Keith Richards.  

3 words that best describe me and my work are...

Real.  Hardworking. Hardplaying. 

Give us five desert island album picks.

This is nearly impossible. I won't be pigeonholed by these, as they are only the tip of the iceberg.  

        1.  The Allman Brothers: Live from the Fillmore

        2.  The Rolling Stones:  Exile on Main Street

        3.  Miles Davis:  Sketches of Spain

        4.  Tom Petty:  Wildflowers

        5.  The Beatles:  Revolver

My biggest vice is...

Food!  Especially my moms.  Candy, beer and locally-grown greens.  Oh…and pencils!

I'd really like to see ______ in Toledo. 

Less potholes.  

What's the last dream you recall having? 

I can only remember them for moments after I awake when I can usually analyze the meaning.  I did just daydream about a Bomb Pop and a cheeseburger.  

The last lyric that really moved me was...

The Rolling Stones "Winter":  "It sure been a hard, hard winter.  My feet been dragging on the ground.  And I hope it's gonna be a long, hot summer.  And a lot of love will be burning bright."

The one movie character I identify with is...

Ferris Bueller.  

My most inspiring moment was…

Every time I'm recording or painting.  Live music in an intimate venue is crucial as well.  

I want my last meal to be...

The buffet during the Chinese New Year at the Bellagio in Las Vegas.  Easily the best $45 you will ever spend.  


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