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Steven Casper & Cowboy Angst

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Steven Casper is a Los Angeles based singer and songwriter. Growing up in Japan, Italy, Nigeria and Mexico, one of his main connections to American culture was through his parents’ record collection. At a very young age he discovered the magic of Hank Williams, Leadbelly, Bob Wills, Mahalia Jackson, Woody Guthrie and many other American icons. Moving back to the United States at age 17, he started his first band shortly after hearing The Ramones. Through the years his songwriting has evolved from rock and roll, to the more roots oriented music of his early days, sitting in front of his parents’ record player.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN…

In 2005 Steven was looking for a guitarist to help him record some of his new music, and was given Glen Lynskey’s phone number by a mutual friend. Glen had performed for numerous major label acts and in 1996 won best electric guitarist in the Northwest. After a short phone conversation, Steven was knocking on Glen’s door and was singing some of his songs for him. Glen liked the songs he heard and the two quickly became good friends.

A three song demo was recorded. The drummer on the session, Tony Felicetta (who now plays Ringo in the highly successful Las Vegas Beatles tribute show) asked Steven if he had any other songs because he thought they could put a set and play some clubs. ‘Yeah, I’ve got about 300 tunes,’ Steven said. A band was born.

At this point Steven spoke to longtime friend Ross Levinson, a film and TV music composer, who played violin and keyboards, to see if he was interested in joining the band. Ross had previously played with such artists such as Tom Waits, Harry Belafonte and Joan Jett.

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  • halftime111

    "If country music originated in the Allman Brothers' backyard, this is what it would sound like." - Music Connection 2007

    15 Dec 2010 Reply

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