He is a fiddle player, guitarist, banjo and mandolin player and singer-songwriter, occasionally listed on recordings with his first name spelt as “Stewart”, born in Southern California.
He started out by performing with many of his local bands in Los Angeles and then in 1985 he became a member of the Nashville Bluegrass Band, who he still performs and internationally tours with today. He also became a much sought after sideman and session musician, often in the field of traditional and bluegrass music, and has appeared with numerous artists that include Chet Atkins, The Bellamy Brothers, Clint Black, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Johnny Cash, The Chieftains, Billy Ray Cyrus, Bela Fleck, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Nanci Griffith, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Wynona Judd, Sammy Kershaw, Mark Knopfler, Lyle Lovett, Loretta Lynn, Mac McAnally, Reba McEntire, Ronnie Milsap, Aaron Neville, The Oak Ridge Boys, Orchestra Nashville, Dolly Parton, Charley Pride, John Prine, Dan Seals, Ray Stevens, George Strait, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Pam Tillis , Travis Tritt, Tammy Wynette and Trisha Yearwood among many others.
Albums he has featured on are countless and some of them include Beach House on the Moon by Jimmy Buffett , Somebody Like That by Glen Campbell , Live from Austin, TX by Guy Clark, LegacyHymns & Faith by Amy Grant, Brand New Dance by Emmylou Harris, Intersections 1985-2005 by Bruce Hornsby , I’ve Got That Old Feeling by Alison Krauss, Twenty by Lynyrd Skynyrd, Idletime by the Nashville Bluegrass Band, Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin’ by Willie Nelson, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 3 by The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Adieu False Heart by Linda Ronstadt & Ann Savoy, Love Like Ours by Barbra Streisand, October Road by James Taylor , Come on Over by Shania Twain, Stormy by Hank Williams Jr. and the soundtracks of Black Dog, Cold Mountain, Dead Man Walking, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Horse Whsiperer and O Brother, Where Art Thou? and hundreds more.
Recognised for his contribution to music he has won two Grammy Awards with the Nashville Bluegrass Band in 1994 and 1996 and has been named “Fiddle Player of the Year” and “Specialty Instrument Player of the Year” in 1999 and 2006 respectively and was named the “Fiddle Player of the Year” seven years running by the International Bluegrass Music Association’s. The double fiddle concerto “Long Journey Home” was commissioned for him to perform with Crystal Plohman by the Orchestra Nashville.
Here he is with the Nashville Bluegrass Band performing “Soppin’ the Gravy”…