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Our first ever Record Store Day release is a real humdinger

Anyone that knows us knows that we are huge Gary Stewart fans at Delmore HQ. We've been working on a full length compilation of unreleased Gary for longer than some of you have been alive, and eight(!) years ago we rescued the headneck classic Grandma's Roadhouse from private press obscurity.  And now, we are ecstatic to announce the release of the rarest of all of Gary's previously unreleased recordings as a 7" single for Record Store Day, 2018.  Five years before "She's Acting Single (I'm Drinking Doubles)", Gary Stewart was paid $30 to sing on a demo of Motown hits "country style". The session was arranged by publishing lifer Henry Hurt on behalf of Jobete Music, who was hoping to interest country stars in their catalogue.  Absolutely no one seemed to have a copy of the tape that blew the mind of record producer Roy Dea, sending him on a multi year crusade to get Gary a record deal and to produce his records.  As Dea told the writer Jimmy McDonough in the Village Voice in 1988, while discussing that first exposure: “I never knew anyone who blew me away like Gary, an’ I seen Elvis, Hank Williams – all of ‘em. You get hooked on Stewart. He’s like a damn drug.”  The legend of this recording has appeared in nearly every story written about Stewart, but the tapes were presumed lost.  Recently discovered after a ten-year search, and released for the first time ever, Mowtown is an essential addition to your Gary Stewart jukebox.   Available in smart record shops worldwide on April 21,2018.