Pick Of The Week: John Stewart & Darwin's Army
A musical journeyman who has toiled in the folk idiom for his entire career but reached his commercial apex by writing such indelible pop songs as "Daydream Believer" and "Gold," John Stewart is as qualified as any to make a definitive folk album. As the ringleader of Darwin's Army - which features him; his wife, Buffy; and guitarists John Hoke and Dave Crossland - Stewart revives such traditional fare as "Darlin' Corey," "Wild Mountain Thyme," "Twelve Gates To The City," "Santy Anno," and Lead Belly's "Good Night Irene." A believer in the all-encompassing definition of "folk music," Stewart also covers Bob Dylan's "My Back Pages," Paul Simon's "Boy In The Bubble," Tim Hardin's "Reason To Believe," Lerner & Lowe's "They Call The Wind Mariah," and Harburg & Arlen's "Somewhere Over The Rainbow." Warm, respectful production keeps the spotlight on the songs, the voices, and the instruments. Stewart, who was a member of the Kingston Trio in the early '60s, is audibly comfortable performing in a group setting again. Contact: www.appleseed.com.