Colonel (Redd's oldest son) early 1980s.
(Colonel) Henry Redd Stewart, Jr - Redd's Oldest Son
Henry Redd Stewart, Jr. (Colonel) played guitar & performed for many years. Redd became a Kentucky Colonel, and that is where Colonel got his name from.
Colonel & Billy (Redd's sons) in the late 1980s
Billy (Redd's youngest son) in the early 1970s.
William (Billy) Rae Stewart - Redd's Youngest Son (November 19, 1954 - April 22, 2021)
Billy passed away April 22, 2021 due to kidney cancer.
(2000) Billy Stewart
(2007) Billy Stewart
(2017) Billy Stewart
I grew up the son of Redd Stewart, lead vocalist, guitar player, and fiddle player with Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys. Together, Redd and Pee Wee penned some of traditional Country music's greatest hits like, "Tennessee Waltz," "You Belong To Me," "Soldiers Last Letter," and "Bonaparte's Retreat," just to name a few. Because of his father, Billy was greatly influenced by traditional Country music, Western Swing, and Bluegrass music. "My hope is to create a sound that is my own. I want people to hear my music and instantly know it's me!"
Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, I was born into a musical family. My father was a musician with the talent to play just about any instrument you placed in his hands. His love for music was so strong he never made it past the seventh grade. Once free from school he began a journey that took him all the way to Nashville, where he earned the right to be inducted into the Country Music Songwriters Hall of Fame in Nashville.
I must have inherited his passion for music because my life started out much the same way. At age nine I began playing drums. By age eleven I was playing at small teen dance clubs. At age thirteen my focus changed to guitar. By age sixteen I had been in several garage bands, and was ready to get serious about my career, but life had plans of its own!
Just prior to leaving school something happened that I did not anticipate, I met my wife, Sharon. Before I knew it my focus had turned to marriage & kids, so I laid down my guitar and picked up my tools and built a career in floorcovering. Music became a dream, but the desire to play never faded away. For the next 30 plus years I was without any gear, so I listened to music and I learned. Now at age 66, with kids grown and my wife by my side, it's my turn to fly! So begins my journey in hopes of leaving behind some small contribution to the world of music!
Lydia Stewart-Morrow - Redd's Daughter
Lydia, too, had music in her blood. She learned how to play the banjo many years ago from a man who played in a Bluegrass band named, Jim Smoke. She became really good at it!
When she was very young, Redd had her take accordion lessons to see how she would do. The music teacher told Redd, 'Redd, you're wasting your money, forget about it!"
(L-R) Jean (Redd's wife), Billy, Redd holding Colonel and Lydia playing (trying!) accordion
Billy Stewart, Jett Williams (Hank Williams daughter) and Lydia (2009)