Craig "Twister" Steward
Born: 3rd October 1949 in Marshalltown, Iowa
FZ: "... he sounds like Coltrane on the harmonica, and I mean fast like you won't believe. This guy is like the Al Di Meola of the harmonica."
FZ first saw harmonica player Craig "Twister" Steward in 1972 after a Petit Wazoo performance at the Century II Convention Center in Wichita, KS. He was playing with the band "Bliss" at a bar called Caesar's Palace.
After playing a "slow Blues in A", FZ told Steward he would be flying him out to LA to audition. Steward tried out with the band for the '73 tour.
After 3 days of auditioning FZ asked him what he thought. Steward replied 'Frank, I think I should go back home'. FZ graceously smiled and said, 'I think you are right!' I went home, practiced five years, called him back, and he flew me out to record on Joe's Garage."
Steward returned to his home town of Wichita and works as the City Arborist. Active musically in Wichita performing, writing and recording his own compositions. In 2006 Steward was planning the publication of his music and two books he was working on.
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