Release Date: Mar 11, 2016
Record label: Fluff & Gravy Records
Dan Stuart was a founder member of Green On Red, who were at the forefront of the early 80s “paisley underground” credited with foreshadowing the alternative country movement now so appallingly buffed up by earnest men in sculpted beards. After releasing two solo albums in the 90s, Stuart retired for several years before returning in 2010 with producer JD Foster helming Love Of The Amateur, followed by The Deliverance Of Marlowe Billings, which also provided the title of Stuart’s “false memoir”. Both recounting his mental unravelling and flight to Mexico, they were conceived at his new home in Oaxaca, where he started the follow-up alone in a concrete bunker, accompanied by an engineer keeping time on an egg shaker.
Green On Red supremo trades blows with Mexican hotshots. The return of Dan Stuart has been one of the least expected comebacks in recent times..
Though he was seemingly everywhere from the mid ‘80s to the early ‘90s as the charismatic, raucous, notoriously hard-drinking frontman for proto-Americana wranglers Green On Red, songwriter/vocalist Dan Stuart subsequently dropped off the radar for a protracted period of time. You can attribute that to drugs, music industry vicissitudes, and an eventual self-imposed exile to Mexico. He gradually resurfaced in fits and starts—yours truly worked with him at one point in the 2000s on a couple of Green On Red archival releases (read an adapted version of my liner notes here as part of BLURT’s ongoing “The College Rock Chronicles” series)—and, in 2013, released a critically acclaimed solo album, The Deliverance of Marlowe Billings, which suggested that whatever the demons he’d battled, they hadn’t robbed him of his ability to turn a phrase or craft a memorable rock ‘n’ roll song.