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Album Review

Singer/songwriter John Stewart's musical career reaches back to the early '60s with the Kingston Trio, and so a new collection of his songs, presented with fairly basic arrangements, must seem like something of a homecoming. Stewart's smoky, weathered vocals (with just a touch of reverb added) brings an authentic style to "Baby, It's You," "Jasmine," and the title cut. He's joined on a number of cuts by bassist Dave Batti, percussionist John Hoke, harp player Henry Diltz, and, in one instance, the background singing of Penny Roberts, Bianca Batti, Kate Wallace, and Cina Batti. With such a simple setup, what really stands out on The Day the River Sang are the singer and the songs, one man's interpretation of his own work. This gives songs like "Sister Mercy" an intimate, revelatory feel. Overall, the work here is fairly mellow, so it's nice when upbeat songs like "Amanda Won't Dance" and "Midnight Train" mix things up a bit. The album closes with the relaxed, bluesy "Slider," complete with some nifty electric guitar riffs by Stewart. For those who appreciate Stewart's gift as a singer/songwriter, The Day the River Sang offers a new chapter in an ongoing musical saga. ~ Ronnie D. Lankford, Jr., Rovi

Customer Reviews

Still Strong

I discovered John 37 years ago & his music still makes a grown man cry. He paints a lyrical picture with every song that all can identify with. Anyone who has been touched by memory loss will shed tears while listening to "Sister Mercy". This album is one of the last and it is special. John if you can hear, we mourn your passing. I won't stop until I own all your recordings. Thanks for the good times, Lonesome Picker.

real music

You should buy this because it's good. If you can only buy a song, I suggest "Baby, It's You", "Amanda Won't Dance" or "Jasmine". Pretty soon, you'll be back for the rest.

Fantastic Collection

This is perhaps my favorite John Stewart album of all time. An excellent and consistent collection of John's songs. My favorites are Sister Mercy and Golden Gate Fields. Not a mediocre song in the bunch.


Born: September 5, 1939 in San Diego, CA

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

John Stewart first gained recognition as a songwriter when his songs were recorded by the Kingston Trio. In 1960, he formed the Cumberland Three, which recorded three albums for Roulette. The following year, he joined the Kingston Trio, replacing Dave Guard, and stayed with them until 1967. His song "Daydream Believer" was a number one hit for the Monkees at the end of that year. Stewart traveled with Senator Robert Kennedy on his 1968 presidential campaign, an experience that affected him deeply....
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