The Knights (a.k.a. King Richard and the Knights) had their beginnings in 1961 in Albuquerque, New Mexico during a time when instrumental rock ruled with great bands like The Ventures and The Fireballs. Those days seem light years away now, but Dick Stewart is still going strong releasing classic rock instrumental albums year after year.
The most recent release is King Richard’s Red Hot New Mexican Chile Stew – Art and it’s now available on the Stewart family owned Lance Records. It is a spicy concoction of New Mexico culture, rock, country, instrumental, and surf music. Stewart has his longtime bass player Gary Snow, drummer Steve Hudgins, and his two sons, Jason on lead guitar, and Richard on bass to make the Knights a unit that is hard to compare.
Stewart’s ongoing love affair with the Southwest continues with each Knights release and the influence of the area is all over King Richard’s Red Hot New Mexican Chile Stew – Art from the colorful cover art to area specific tracks like “Surfin’ The Rio Grande” to “El Incendio de Los Alamos.”
Jason Stewart is an incredibly gifted guitar player; it is in his blood. He takes his fiery guitar lines and combines it with the old school of his father’s identifiable sound and the outcome is a rockin’ instrumental stew that will have you coming back for a second helping. Jason has some solo albums of his own that demonstrate his guitar virtuosity quite well. Like father, like son, it works out very well for the Stewart’s in every aspect from recording to the distribution of their music.
Instrumental and surf music have a tendency to be repetitive and the effect of the music wears off quickly. This is not the case with the music of The Knights. Stewart is well aware of the fact that he must produce something different to make a dent in the increasingly difficult independent music arena. By combining his many years of experience as a musician, producer, and recording engineer with the vibrant energy of his sons and the other band members, the crafty veteran of the music wars gets results that are unique and effective, while providing inspiration to others in the indie community. This is a brand of instrumental rock that you will not find anywhere other than Dick Stewart’s own backyard.
King Richard’s Red Hot New Mexican Chile Stew – Art is available from the Lance Records website and CD Baby.
Contact: Dick Stewart
Address: P.O. Box 613, Sandia Park, NM 87047
Telephone: (505) 286-0623
Fax: (505) 286-2550
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