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Clint Stewart Interview

Classic rock/blues player finds his true passion in solo guitar

By Jon Liebman
June 20, 2018

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Clint Stewart has gained a stellar reputation as a popular guitar instructor and solo acoustic performer in the Central Florida area, where he has been living since 1983. After first taking up the guitar at age 10, Clint began playing publicly at 14, gaining invaluable experience in a wide variety of styles and musical situations.

When he started giving guitar lessons in 1989, Stewart quickly discovered he had a knack for teaching, as his roster of private students climbed to as high as 50 in an average week. After recording two CDs with the duo Clint & Laila, as well as doing multiple tours of Norway, Clint discovered his true passion was playing solo acoustic guitar shows.

With his music rooted in classic rock and blues – he cites Jimmy Page, Steve Morse, and Eddie Van Halen among his primary guitar influences – Clint always injects his own “melodic yet intense” stylings into his performances, incorporating his trademark improvised guitar solos. His motto is, “It’s all about moving the listener and affecting people in the most positive way possible.”

FGPO’s Jon Liebman caught up with Clint on a recent visit to Ohio and Kentucky, in conjunction with the first U.S. distributorship deal of New Zealand-based Stonefield Musical Instrument Company.

Watch our interview with Clint!