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Steve Young

A singer, tunesmith, and purveyor of what he dubbed "Southern music" -- a brew of country, folk, rock, blues, gospel, and Celtic styles -- Steve Young was a songwriter's songwriter, an acclaimed performer whose work found its greatest commercial success in the hands of other artists and earned him praise from the likes of Waylon Jennings, Townes Van Zandt, and Lucinda Williams. Born in Georgia and raised throughout the South, by his teens Young was already playing guitar and writing his own songs. In the early '60s, he moved to New York City and became affiliated with the burgeoning Greenwich Village folk music scene. After a brief return to Alabama, where he'd spent time growing up, he settled in California in 1964.

On the West Coast, Young found work as a postal carrier while striking up friendships with the likes of Stephen Stills and Van Dyke Parks. A tenure with the psychedelic folk unit Stone Country yielded an eponymous 1968 LP, and a year later, Young issued his solo debut Rock Salt & Nails, a country-rock excursion featuring cameos by Gram Parsons, Chris Hillman, and Gene Clark. He moved to Reprise in 1971, and with the title track of that year's Seven Bridges Road, he offered perhaps his best-known composition, popularized through a series of covers by artists like the Eagles, Joan Baez, Rita Coolidge, and Ian Matthews. He had another tremendous success when Waylon Jennings covered "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" in 1973, turning it into a signature anthem of the outlaw country movement; later on, Hank Williams, Jr. notched a hit with "Montgomery in the Rain." As for his recording career, Young released 1975's Honky Tonk Man on the tiny Mountain Railroad label before his songwriting success earned him a shot with RCA. The result was two excellent albums, 1976's Renegade Picker and 1978's No Place to Fall.

Despite his success as a songwriter, Young flirted with the charts but never rose beyond a devoted cult following. He spent the majority of the 1980s touring the world, garnering a reputation as a standout live performer, and released occasional records like 1982's To Satisfy You, 1987's Look Homeward Angel, and 1990's Long Time Rider, the latter two of which were recorded in the Netherlands. The trend continued into the next decade, and in 1991 he issued his first concert recording, Solo/Live, an acoustic collection summarizing his career to date along with pop and soul covers like "You Don't Miss Your Water" and "Drift Away." A second LP on Watermelon, Switchblades of Love, followed two years later and continued his creative renaissance, but he fell silent for much of the rest of the '90s. In early 2000, he finally returned with Primal Young on the Appleseed label. Songlines Revisited, Vol. 1 appeared in 2006. ~ Jason Ankeny & Steve Huey, Rovi
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I want more of this! Xoxoxo Amazing... You kick Assss... Sooool much from your heart. WowAmen Thank you God for letting me use my "ears" to here this:•} Can't wait to use my I to see perform. Very inspirationa l ! Just go for it.......... . . . . .
If My Eyes Were Blind - what an amazing song! The lyrics are one of the most romantic poems ever, and the music is haunting. Unforgettabl e !
Suprised to find so many other fans of Steve on here. I discovered Steve through the music of Gram Parsons. Saw him perform at a private in house concert in 1989. Great show.He's recorded Seven Bridges Road several times, each slightly different, all equally brilliant..
cborella7
My husband, Tommie Joe White, and I discovered SY in the late 70's. We put out a CD of TJW and Southern Cookin' Band in '86, which included our renditions of Long Way to Hollywood and Traveling Kind. Great SY songs. I promise you that if you like SY, you'll like Tom Ghent.
dickgibby7
First discovered Steve in the early 70's, his music is timeless. One of the best country voices ever. Thank God for the internet so we can again enjoy some of the lesser known artists. I must have played Renegade Picker and No Place to Fall a million times. Great stuff.
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barking_mad_
Holy moly. I love this guy. Ashamed to say I could not recognize his name, face, or songs before. But this one--"My Love". Dang. Boy can saaaannnng!
Steve Young is the shyte... Damn!!!! I first heard The Renegade Picker album in about '73 and was blown away. Real country music. Not some over produced Nashville crap.
"Little Birdie" is a neat song by this talented man..Steve Young is great,Love his song My Love" great talent in this man,his "Silver Lake" is great.."The day Clayton Delaney Died" is also very good..
Thanks Pandora, I don't think I would have been aquainted with Steve Young without you. Fantastic Songwriter, Quality Music Maker!

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