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Classic Rewind: Gary Stewart – ‘Out Of Hand’

5 responses to “Classic Rewind: Gary Stewart – ‘Out Of Hand’

  1. Luckyoldsun June 28, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    An “acquired taste,” no doubt–which I have not acquired.

    • J.R. Journey June 28, 2013 at 6:48 pm

      I could never get into Gary Stewart either. And I could never pinpoint why until Ronnie Dunn recorded “She’s Acting Single” for the Country Strong soundtrack. Then it hit me: Gary Stewart sounds like a very pitchy Ronnie Dunn.

  2. Paul W Dennis June 29, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Actually I woud regard Gary’s voice as more arch than Dunn’s . Gary’s delivery contained probably contained the strongest sense of irony of any singer . Whereas I never really warmed up much to Brooks & Dunn, I was a big fan of Gary Stewart – I think I have everything he recorded commerically, and while there are some duds on some of the albums, there are also a lot of really great tracks. His voice might be an acquired taste – I’d heard hjim before “Out of Hand” but after tht song I’d absolutely acquired that taste

    If I were putting together a list of the greatest country honky-tonk songs, “Out of Hand” , “Drinkin’ Thing” and “She’s Acting Single (I’m Drinkin’ Doubles)” would all be in my top ten with “Out of Hand” in my top three.

    Unfortunately, country radio only had a very small window in which an artist like Gary Stewart could get airplay. Fortunately, the window lasted long enough for his big three to become top ten hits

    https://mykindofcountry.wordpress.com/2011/05/16/country-heritage-gary-stewart-a-short-life-of-trouble-1944-2003/

    • Luckyoldsun June 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      Stewart’s music is OK in small doses, but I wouldn’t put him near the top-10–or top 3???–of honky tonk songs or singers. His singing–with the exaggerated vibratto and his lyrics are just too contrived and forced.

      Restricting it to songs that explicitly mention drinking or barrooms, off the top of my head I’ll name Webb’s “There Stands the Glass,” Wills’ “Bubbles In My Beer,” Price’s “City Lights,” Charlie Walker’s “Pick Me Up” and “Who’ll Buy the Wine,” Merle’s “The Bottle Let Me Down” and “Swingin’ Doors,” Faron’s “Wine Me Up” and “Your Time’s Comin’,” and Jones’s “If Drinkin’ Don’t Kill Me” as songs that are better than anything of Gary Stewart’s.

      • Paul W Dennis June 29, 2013 at 7:37 pm

        I do like all the songs you listed – I’d have “There Stands The Glass” at #1, Ernest Tubb’s “Set Up Two Glasses, Joe” at #2 , Stewart’s “Drinkin’ Thing” at #3, Lefty’s “If You’ve Got The Money (I’ve Got The Time)” at #4, and Vern Gosdin’s “Set ‘Em Joe (And Play Walking The Floor)” at #5. The rest of your songs would be in my top twenty except for “Who’ll Buy The WIne” which I enjoy but wouldn’t make my top twenty

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