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August, 2014 — The New album is complete and it sounds awesome! Stay tuned for release details.

Album — EQUAL PARTS REASON AND MOONLIGHT

Released 11.18.11

"Equal Parts Reason and Moonlight is one of the best albums of 2011, a sweeping, silver-screen mix of ’60s psychedelic pop, folk-rock and atmospheric electronica with exquisite strings." - Edmonton Journal
  1. Apple Tree
  2. Pale White Lies
  3. Between March and May
  4. Swallowed by the Morning Sky
  5. I Was a Wolf
  6. Reason/Moonlight
  7. The Weight
  8. The City
  9. Driving in a Car, Flying on a Plane

Album — BLACK DOGS BLUE GIANTS

Released 11.11.09

Independently released in November, 2009 Jeff Stuart and The Hearts' debut record has quickly earned the attention of loving ears across Canada. After only weeks of being released, Black Dogs Blue Giants landed a spot on CKUA's overall top 100 chart across Alberta for 2009, and it hit the top 200 overall on Earshot's national charts. "It's elegant, sophisticated, daring, and brilliantly creative"-CKUA
  1. The Boss
  2. With a Word
  3. Black Dogs
  4. Hold Out
  5. Wrong I Guess
  6. Blue Giants No. 2
  7. Telling You
  8. The Wire

About The Hearts

Unlike some roots music that lifts its musical spirit from dusty ol’ saloon floors or gravel roads found only in books and movies, Jeff Stuart and The Hearts’ music is bona fide, resting in its natural habitat. They’re not putting on some hillbilly act; they’re using the heart-on-sleeve framework of roots (andindie-pop) music to construct an expansive sonic world built out of the music they love. Stuart writes songs that wouldn’t sound out of place in 1971, at the birth of Big Star and the New York Dolls among the wreckage of the Beatles and Gram Parsons–era Byrds, striving for glory and redemption on the AM dial. Melodies, harmonies, and hooks, hooks, hooks abound.

All the Hearts (Gavin Dunn, Dwayne Martineau, Christopher Quesnel, Michelle Sabourin, Tim Resaul) are accomplished multi-instrumentalists, bringing strong musicianship and a healthy dollop of sonic experimentation to their performances, where they trade, layer, interpret and cohere beautifully, mixing some glitter with the grit.” (Calgary Folk Music Festival)

Their current release, Equal Parts REASON and MOONLIGHT, charted on various independent radio networks across Canada including CKUA, where it was voted “#1 album of 2011” by host, Grant Stovel. It reached national airwaves on CBC Radio, commanded international critical acclaim, and also appeared on millions of TV screens across the country; the record’s opening track, Apple Tree, was featured in the HBO Canada Film, Theo Fleury: Playing With Fire.

Also revered as a top live act, The Hearts deliver a sophisticated and energetic show, bringing the songs well beyond a simple restatement of their recordings. They have opened for many renowned artists including Ron Sexsmith, toured, and performed at some of Canada’s premier festivals where they’ve been billed alongside the likes of distinguished acts such as Jakob Dylan, Calexico, Van Morrison, John Prine, Levon Helm, Gillian Welch, Iron and Wine, Randy Newman, Sarah Harmer, and many more. Jeff Stuart and The Hearts are a bright light in the firmament of Canadian music.

“One of the best albums of the year, a sweeping, silverscreen mix of ’60s psychedelic pop, folk-rock and atmospheric electronica.” (Edmonton Journal)

“A terrific mix of frugal neo-roots charm, fragile indie rock and memorable songs. It’s not an everyday sound/simply impossible to resist or ignore.” (Leicester Bangs Magazine, UK)

“It’s elegant, sophisticated, daring, and brilliantly creative, but more than anything, just as the band’s name suggests, this music is indeed from the heart.” (CKUA Radio Network)


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Press

"Equal Parts Reason And Moonlight is a terrific mix of frugal neo-roots charm, fragile indie rock and memorable songs. It’s not an everyday sound by any means, and drawing comparison with other artists isn’t easy/Stuart’s words are haunting and laden with wintry imagery, which is reflected in both the arrangements and the album’s artwork. It’s a near perfect record for the season and provides suitable accompaniment to long dark evenings, drinking hearty red wines and putting the world to right/The many attributes of this fine record are simply impossible to resist or ignore." - Leicester Bangs Magazine, UK 

"Equal Parts Reason and Moonlight is one of the best albums of 2011, a sweeping, silver-screen mix of ’60s psychedelic pop, folk-rock and atmospheric electronica with exquisite strings." - Edmonton Journal 

" (Equal Parts Reason and Moonlight is) a well-constructed album of muscular, full-band folk and clever songwriting/The moonlight, then, comes in terms of the album's cinematic scope, the atmosphere of a fully realized album, how all that impeccable arrangement transcends the feeling of structure. It's good art, cleverly crafted and spotlessly executed."- Vue Weekly

"Jeff Stuart & the Heart's latest is as the title says: two equal parts. Reason comes through in a well-constructed album of muscular, full-band folk and clever songwriting: the way Stuart, on opener "Apple Tree" pleads, "Oh, oh, oh / I wanna go home" while musically the band refuses to give in to the same despair buoys the sentiment in a unique way. Same with the playful push of "I Was a Wolf," or "Swallowed by the Morning Sky," which moves from a bass-y bounce to being carried by string swells, eventually becoming more urgently beautiful as it rises to a crescendo. The moonlight, then, comes in terms of the album's cinematic scope, the atmosphere of a fully realized album, how all that impeccable arrangement transcends the feeling of structure. It's good art, cleverly crafted and spotlessly executed." -Vue Weekly (Nov. 23, 2011 - Issue #840)

"Alt-country might be the starting point for the Hearts, but only in an allusive way, almost as if they decided to reconstruct the genre after hearing about it rather than actually hearing it. They're baroque rather than barroom, enamoured of tricky musical arrangements and elliptical lyrics ( Wrong I Guess), shoegazers that sometimes like to stomp. Brian Wilson would appreciate the vocal harmonies, Charlie Rich would nod appreciatively at Stuart's existential weariness; call them what you will, I'm calling them for the year-end Top 10 list (4.5/5 stars)." -Edmonton Journal

"A general sense of rampant creativity lends these heartfelt, plaintive songs a dreamy, unpredictable quality that keeps the listener engaged from the disc's beginning to its end... the ambitious arrangements highlight Stuart's songwriting and vocal performances to great effect, burnishing the lustrous melodies with layer upon layer of musical dynamism. It's elegant, sophisticated, daring, and brilliantly creative, but more than anything, just as the band's name suggests, this music is indeed from the heart." -CKUA Presents: Alberta Disc-overies

"It's hard enough for me to go out on a Saturday night these days, let alone a Tuesday. I'm glad I dragged my ass out last Tuesday, though. The show at Pawn Shop was, in a word, epic. Jeff Stuart has seriously got something special going on. An all-star band and really, really great songs." -Vue Weekly

"...basically tantric sex in a bottle. Stuart begins singing —his voice about a third of the way between The Jayhawks' Gary Louris and Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. As these warm, epic lyrics wash over you, what's going on in the background is even more amazing, a slow-moving merry-go-round where every new horse catches the light in its own unique way... Total win-win, taking the corpse of alt-country and turning it unrecognizably beautiful (5/5 stars)." -See Magazine

"Holy shit, am ever I sick of awesome music. Just kidding - more like vibrating still...mostly thanks to the WCMA machine...as hoped Jeff Stuart ripped the faces off his Teddy's audience" -See Magazine

"Edmonton's Jeff Stuart, kind of a fist-raising Jim Belushi was backed by one of those musician's musicians bands-technically stunning, and layered with organs, violin and keyboard-to-mouth melodica by Dwayne Martineau." -Exclaim Magazine

Upcoming shows

Stay tuned for upcoming shows.

Past Shows

  • April 28, 2014, Francis Winspear Centre, Edmonton, AB
  • June 20 - 22, 2014, North Country Fair, Driftpile, AB
  • July 17 - 20, 2014, Ness Creek Music Festival, Ness Creek, SK
  • July 25 - 27, 2014, Interstellar Rodeo, Edmonton, AB
  • November 6, 2013 The Supermarket, Toronto, ON
  • November 5, 2013, The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, ON
  • October 12, 2013, CKUA Performance Space (with Daniel Romano), Edmonton, AB
  • October 4, 2013, The Ironwood Stage, Calgary, AB
  • October 5, 2013, The Blues Can, Calgary, AB
  • Nov 30, 2013, Vangelis Tavern, Saskatoon, SK
  • Nov 29, 2013, The Exchange, Regina, SK
  • Nov 28, 2013, Park Theatre, Winnipeg, MN
  • October 10, 2013, Edmonton, AB - Winspear Centre
  • August 17, 2013, Mistihaya, Ab, Come By The Hills Music Festival
  • July 26-29, 2013, Calgary, Calgary Folk Music Festival
  • July 1, 2013, Edmonton, Alberta Legislative Grounds
  • June 8, 2013, Edmonton, Blue Chair Cafe with Mark Davis and The Awesomehots
  • May 11, 2013, Edmonton, Royal Alberta Museum Theatre w/ Ron Sexsmith
  • April 20, 2013, Calgary, Broken City
  • April 21, 2013, Canmore, Communiteas Cafe (Solo show for Untapped Alberta Concert Series)
  • April 22, 2013, Jasper, Jasper Legion
  • January 29, 2013, Edmonton, Churchill Square as part of the Tip of the Iceberg Festival