‘Soulful’ ‘pure’ ‘haunting’ – these words are clichés often heaped upon the works of acoustic instrumentalists, but in the performance of Baltimore’s Jimmy Stewart they ring beautifully true. Watching Jimmy curl around the body of his customized acoustic guitar, knowing smile on his face, fingers prowling up and down the fretboard, you feel that you are in the presence of something sublime – a music so urgently alive, it eagerly escapes to wander the world. Through a love of simplicity and exquisite attention to detail, Jimmy’s music has no need to FILL space - it EXPLORES it. – Rob Hinkal (Focus Music and ilyAIMY)
Jimmy Stewart grew up on the waters of Tampa Bay, FL. He continued his exploration of the waters of the world through 21 years in the US Navy. As a submariner, he learned about the precision of the machine, the chaos of the ocean, and how the two interacted. You can hear and feel this learned interaction in the music that he plays.
Jimmy proves that a piece isn’t simply fingers on strings, but the sum of experience, wood, time, electronics, and even the air between the performer and the audience. His pieces sweep from broad, atmospheric tonal landscapes to intricate, arpeggiated runs, which viscerally conjures the natural scenery that inspires so much of his music.
Though the Navy showed him the world, Jimmy has happily settled in Baltimore, MD where he now quietly crafts his music. He feels most at home in nature next to a warm campfire. His time in nature, creating music has helped form a trait in himself that is truly rare in our world, optimism.