Singer/songwriter Mark Stewart – a.k.a. Stew – had an L.A. rock band called The Negro Problem. Cool people seemed to dig it.
Now Stew has a musical on Broadway. It’s called “Passing Strange.” It begins previews tonight. I thank Rob Fields at Bold as Love for turning me on. (Rob has a podcast chat with Stew you can download.)
Keith Josef Adkins also blogs about “Passing Strange” today at TheRoot.com.
Wish I was in New York.
I talked about Stew in a blog post last September. Now lemme hit you with a track from his 2000 solo album, “Guest Host.” Click here to hear “Re-Hab”; it’s barbed and clever. (It also happens to be a perfect counterpoint to another singer’s more recent and famous song called “Rehab.”)
As for “Passing Strange,” four songs from the show (co-composed by Heidi Rodewald, Stew’s longtime collaborator) are available online as FREE MP3 downloads. Just follow this link, click the words “SEE/HEAR,” then choose “Audio.” Wah-laa!
I’m streaming the best of those tunes – “Come Down Now” – on my Vox blog. Click hear to listen.