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Steve Wynn

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Steve Wynn (born February 21, 1960) is a songwriter based in New York (born in California). He led the influential band The Dream Syndicate from 1981 to 1989 and afterward began a solo career.

Before forming The Dream Syndicate, Wynn played guitar in the Davis, California-based band The Suspects, whose members included vocalist Kendra Smith (who later played bass in The Dream Syndicate) and Russ Tolman and Gavin Blair (who would form True West (band)); in 1979 they released a single, “It’s Up to You” b/w “Talking Loud. ” Two years later, under the name 15 Minutes, he self-released another single, “Last Chance for You” b/w “That’s What You Always Say” (later performed by the Dream Syndicate), which owed much to Joy Division.

Though they were popular with critics, an influence on other musicians, and signed briefly to a major label, The Dream Syndicate were never really commercially successful. They did establish, however, the fan base on which Wynn built his solo career.

Since 1990, Wynn has released a number of albums exploring various musical styles. His first solo album, Kerosene Man, included backing work by bassist Fernando Saunders (a frequent sideman of Lou Reed, to whom Wynn was often compared early in his career), drummer D.J. Bonebrake from the L.A. punk band X, Howe Gelb of Giant Sand and saxophonist Steve Berlin from Los Lobos. Peter Buck, from R.E.M., played on its follow-up, Dazzling Display, and co-wrote the title song. Backing on Melting in the Dark (1996) was provided by the Boston band Come.

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  • fyiwdwytm1

    Was a huge fan of Dream Syndicate, found these clips of recnt performances on Youtube - http://youtu.be/xyresal50DQ - http://youtu.be/fvtR-IeB8zs

    4 Apr 11:44am Reply
  • Flashstep

    Annie & Me <3 <3

    22 Jan 8:18am Reply
  • THEMARD

    Steve is so underrated! [2] Yes he is and I just saw him at SXSW and he is AMAZING. Its crazy how someone that good at guitar, song writing, and singing is so unknown. Well The Dream Syndicate has a pretty big cult following so.

    22 Mar 2011 Reply
  • pepganzo

    disco meraviglioso l'ultimo eh.

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • AgitReader

    Check out our interview with Steve: http://www.agitreader.com/features/steve_wynn-12.06.html

    14 Dec 2010 Reply
  • MrMalmo

    Steve is so underrated!

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • muckleviking

    Saw Steve 8 years ago in a small pub in Aberdeen, Scotland. He played a solo version of Merrittville which had a break in it that had my hair literally standing on end. The other musicians beside him just looked on in awe.

    23 Feb 2010 Reply
  • LouisZypher

    I have grown up with the Dream Syndicate and Steve Wynn, and that I am very appreciative for. Steve Wynn is an underground Master Mind, and there is just so much to his persona and music. It's durable.

    13 Dec 2009 Reply
  • stevenslapbass

    Hes awesome.

    20 Nov 2009 Reply
  • kirbychrome

    Finally! I saw this guy supporting Ryan Adams in Manchester years ago and had no idea who he was, I just knew he was amazing. I can sleep now. Then buy all of his albums.

    13 Apr 2009 Reply
  • DBinNYC

    Saw him this past weekend at a house concert in Rhode Island. Nice intimate setting, great music, good eats and warm conversations afterwards! Cheers Steve!

    3 Mar 2009 Reply
  • ELECTRICxDEUCE

    tis a happy lil tune

    4 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Pyke76

    saw him unplugged with Robert Lloyd a couple of weeks ago in Athens, Greece. Fantastic show in a small cafe, one of the best singer songwriters of the last 30 years. Keep the flame alive Steve

    8 Apr 2008 Reply
  • raDi-

    he is just the best !

    19 Jan 2008 Reply
  • SmashMyselfToB

    My all-time favourite ...

    10 Oct 2007 Reply
  • Thombas

    Agree! Wynn is a fantastic songwriter and deserves more than this. Keep it up!

    24 Aug 2007 Reply
  • OsteRock

    What the fuck?! Empty shoutbox?! Only 2,355 listeners?! I'm shocked!

    18 Jul 2007 Reply

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