Charlie Stewart started writing songs in 1986. He went on to record them with his good friend, the late Michael Danby, between them, playing all the instruments behind Charlie's vocals. On some tracks, they were accompanied by Suzy Wilson on backing vocals and Robert Wilson on Cello. Their most notable tracks being Kingdoms, Exordium, Going Down To Angels, Pig Heaven and Sunset's Calling. Major record companies, namely Virgin, became very interested. Agreements were never reached, meanwhile Charlie had already moved on in a new musical direction. He studied such artists as The Rev Gary Davies, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Blind Willie Johnson. With his 1930's National Steel Guitar and Danby's tea-chest bass, the inseparable pair, known now as Samuel Bones and Lemuel Beam, took to the streets as Laughing Gravy with their versions of early gospel and country-blues numbers. They recorded an album, Gettin' Ready For That Great Day, a collection of traditional songs arranged by Laughing Gravy. This album also included three songs written by Charlie, namely, Coming Down That Road, My Sweet Angel and Cherry Pie. Charlie then went on to write more songs in this style. Laughing Gravy's second CD, Beulah Land, for which Charlie wrote all the material, was inspired by the t.v. documentary... The West.
For this recording they were joined by Gez Danby aka Brother Abel, on washboard, percussion and accordion. Also, Paul Bishop aka Dank, (about to leave the country for session work in Nashville), on accoustic banjo, mandolin and dobro. Following this recording they took to the streets of Britain and played at many festivals and events such as The Edinburgh Fringe and Children in Need. The Big Issue voted them Best Street Performers in Britain. Next they went on to play in Ireland and Europe. Brother Abel left the band and Trevor King aka Alfonse Beauregarde joined them on drums.
After hearing some of Laughing Gravy's songs, Paul Bishop was approached by Sound Stage, (Amphonic Music Limited), to submit some work for Library music, to be used on films and television. This they did in the form of Road Movies, their third CD, for which all members of the band contributed material...Soundstage Music Library No. 159
Laughing Gravy's fourth album, Goat, again penned by Charlie , was widely considered to be their finest.
Following the release of Goat, Charlie revisited some of his earlier compositions and recorded them, in a very different style, with Laughing Gravy. Going Down To Angels, Sunsets Calling, Pig Heaven and Don't Look Back were amongst them.
Sadly, soon after, Trevor (Alfonse Beauregarde), left the band for personal reasons.
For their fifth and final album, Chasing It Down, they were joined by Canadian born Paul Clifford aka Moose, (founder member of The Be Good Tanyas). This album was recorded but never released.
In August 2006 after their final performance, Laughing Gravy disbanded.