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Steve Young

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There are multiple artists using the name “Steve Young”.

1. Steve Young has never fit comfortably into categories. He follows his own musical and spiritual quest, weaving together Southern roots with a wide experience of life, and creating new traditions in American music.

Young was born in Georgia and grew up in Alabama, Georgia and Texas in a family which moved frequently in search of work. By the time he had completed high school in Beaumont, Texas, he was playing guitar and writing songs which incorporated influences of folk , country , gospel, and blues musicians and people like Hank Williams , Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and others. Once as a teenager he was blown away by seeing Carlos Montoya , a Flamenco Guitarist. He managed to use that too!

By his late teens, Young was back in Alabama, where he established some reputation on the local music scene. However, the wandering spirit soon took over again. He immersed himself briefly in the Greenwich Village folk scene, at a time when Bob Dylan and others were just being noticed.

Returning to Alabama, Steve found that “my New York folk-protest songs didn’t fly in the South.” Searching for more receptive audiences, he made short forays to California and other locations before moving to the West Coast in 1964.

In California, he worked with musicians like Van Dyke Parks and Stephen Stills, at one point holding a day job as a mailman. A major-label record deal led to a short-lived stint with a psychedelic country-folk band, Stone Country.

Settling into a solo career, Steve Young became an integral part of the movement which defined the California country-rock sound. Appearing on Steve’s 1969 classic album, Rock, Salt & Nails were fellow pioneers like Gene Clark, Chris Hillman, Bernie Leadon and Gram Parsons.

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  • kanttifantti

    "No Longer Will My Heart Be Truly Breaking" One of the best songs ever.

    4 Apr 2012 Reply
  • sebbj

    Look Homeward Angel ... Wonderful piece of art! ART!

    26 Nov 2010 Reply
  • BasementKoOk

    "White trash music" HELL YEAH

    10 Nov 2010 Reply
  • FraserElliot45

    Alabama Highway By Steve Young is one of this week recomendations by Blood Soul Country Folk and Blues (http://bscfb.somee.com)

    4 Jul 2010 Reply
  • J-Shils

    i mean steve young as in "wedge of light" tape steve young. though outlaw country sounds gangster as fuck. more people should be outlaw country

    13 Jan 2009 Reply
  • beanandgone

    There is a new Steve Young CD out called "Long Time Rider" It's a long lost mid-80's release. Deluxe hand numbered reissue to treasure out on Afterburn.

    4 Oct 2008 Reply
  • YouKnowStone

    The Only Steve Young Worth Listening Too...

    28 Aug 2008 Reply
  • jimmywalkerblue

    this isn't the same steve young i am listening to...

    16 Jun 2008 Reply