Dreams do come true as is the case when a legend the likes of Phil Everly––Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame, 40 million records sold with his brother Don as The Everly Bros. asks you to write songs with him. That dream happened to singer / songwriter & guitarist Brian Stewart when Phil heard the Gypsy Saddle Tramps EP which Stewart co wrote, produced and played on.
The 12 new songs Everly & Stewart co-wrote over a period of about a year have now been compiled on the album Get Your Phil. These songs stand as the last that Phil Everly, who passed away in January 2014, would ever write. “We started out,” says Stewart, “with the idea that we would get the songs to established recording artists.” But upon the elder artist’s sudden passing, Stewart was inspired to take the project to the next level “I realized we wrote an albums worth of material and I thought I should turn these songs into a full-blown record“.
Lost Coyote consists of top notch players –– bassist Dusty Wakeman, drummer Bill Stewart, steel guitarist Chris Lawrence and Brian Stewart on lead guitar and vocals. They recorded the album at East West Studios in Hollywood the in the rooms that produced classics for The Rolling Stones,Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and The Beach Boys, more recently home to hits by Linkin Park, Muse and Frank Ocean. The group brought the hook-driven Everly/Stewart co-writes to life, investing each one with just the right amount of bang and twang. The dozen diverse originals that comprise Get Your Phil are modern-edged melodic country-rock with classic harmonies. We’re talking guitar-driven songs made to be embraced by a wide audience. And, like all memorable material, choice cuts such as “Crying In Your Coffee,” “Love Is Like Money” & All I Need Is you are fresh and familiar at the same time, teeming with vivid evocative imagery, and thoughtful clever wordplay. “You gotta do it all yourself nowadays,” says Stewart of the work ethic that propelled Everly and himself. “We loved chasing the songs, man” and judging by the final results of this special project, all their hard work has paid off.
– Mark Nardone, Sr. Editor – Music Connection Magazine
Dusty Wakeman on bass has worked with Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams, Jim Lauderdale, Buck Owens, Michelle Shocked, Tom Russell, Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Anne McCue, Tony Furtado, Feel, Reacharound, Dieselhed and Gypsy Saddle Tramps among others. He also served as musical director for Gram Parsons: Return to Sin City featuring Keith Richards and the Sin City All Stars.
Chris Lawrence on steel & b-bender guitar has worked with a wide array of artists from touring the world with Mike Ness “Social Distortion”, which included playing Woodstock 99 and the Conan O’Brien Show plus touring with Country Star Gary Allen. Chris has performed session work with many diverse artists from Cool & The Gang, to Willie Deville along with being a member of The Sin City All Stars and Gypsy SaddleTramps.
Bill Stewart on Drums as a teenager was in The Daily Planet featuring Marc McClure and Jeff East from Superman 1 as well as being in the real backing band for actor Timothy Hutton’s first Disney TV series. Bill co wrote and played on the Fox 11 national TV show “Sports Wrap” and also performed on session work with various artists including Capitol Records 90’s act Revolver and more recently with Gypsy Saddle Tramps.
Brian C. Stewart on Vocals & Guitar had label deal as a teenager on United Artists, then was on MCA with Felix & The Katz touring with Santana, Rod Stewart, Gang of Four and many others, He had a solo artist deal on Universal in the 2000’s and had songs featured on national TV from Fox’s “Sports Wrap” as well ABC TV’s “One Life to Live” to the cult B –Horror movie’s Creep Van and Gag. More recently Stewart played guitar, produced and co wrote the Gypsy Saddle Tramps EP and that led to writing 12 songs with Phil Everly,which became the current project for Lost Coyote “Get Your Phil”.