Stew Martin learned to play guitar from the age of 10. Growing up in South Waikato, he became a member of the local Country and Western Club and played at many venues as a singer/guitarist.
He then joined a covers band and played with them for five years, before moving to Rotorua, where he fronted a band called Mudstiks.
Stew has been inspired by Blues musicians like Freddie King, Albert King, and Buddy Guy, and has been a fan of guitar legends Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Stew and his wife Julene visited USA a few years ago and met some Southern Blues bands. During their trip, he paid homage at the grave sites of Freddie King and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He spent a few days in Memphis at Sun Studios and visited Graceland. Stew admits that those experiences have cemented his passion for the Blues genre.
Stew has felt privileged to be able to support the Mike Garner Band on occasion over the last few years, which helped him learn a lot about playing
live and enjoying the Blues feel and groove.
More recently, Stew has joined with two close mates – Simon Fenlon and Rick Williams – to form a three-piece covers band called Kaos. He says they love what they do, playing Rock ‘n Roll and Texas Blues, and they strive to provide a good mix for their audience. Kaos will perform at Te Puke Hotel, May 4th at 7pm.