Growing up in the small town of Murphysboro, Ill, not too far from where the Ohio and Mississippi rivers meet, Brent Stewart was always a fan of songwriters. His first cassettes as a kid were Chuck Berry and Buddy Holly. When he was twelve, he bought his first Bob Dylan album. That’s when things changed. He’s been writing and performing his own songs ever since.
Brent began playing his first shows alone with acoustic guitar and harmonica at 15. At 16, he recorded his first album, a cassette-only release. At 17, he formed his first band, The Sympathizers, with whom he recorded four out of print records, the best of which is featured on a recently released compilation, Songs You Never Heard.
Through the years, Brent has been a journalist and writer, but has never strayed too far from his songs. Now living in St. Louis, he’s still writing and performing his original music regularly. In 2017 he released two new albums, The Restlessness, recorded with The Sympathizers and Haze, an acoustic album recorded with guitarist Daniel Tejada.