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YouTube Videos from Nova's Bakery - November 1, 2014

Our good friend Greg Baker brought his new video camera to our monthly gig at Nova's Bakery in Rock Hill, SC this past Saturday, November 1, 2014, and recorded some songs to post to YouTube.  That was so nice of Greg to do.  Take a look at the video he posted of a song I wrote for my mom, "No One Will Ever Love Me Like You," by clicking on the following link  http://youtu.be/QRmlD8ueP8k, or the video of a Christmas song I wrote, "The Glitch That Stole Christmas," by clicking on the following link  http://youtu.be/B1BNhfMvdSY.

Thanks, Greg!  You did a great job!

Nova's Bakery & Coffee Shop Every Month! - March 1, 2014

I played at Nova's Bakery & Coffee Shop in Rock Hill on March 1st, 2014 and had a blast!  Thanks to all of the family and friends who came out!  It was so much fun, we decided to do it every month - on the first Saturday of each month, from 2 til 4 pm.  

Anyone who would like to borrow my guitar and get up and share a song is welcome to.  Our friend Ken Menard got up and did two songs on March 1st, and did a great job - thanks, Ken!  

Nova's is at 1108 Cherry Road, Rock Hill, SC 29732.  It's a warm, comfortable place with a fireplace, couches, delicious pastries and great coffee.

Wedgewood Church Artistic Cafe - February 1, 2014

My friend PJ Brunson invited me to do a songwriter round at the Artistic Cafe, an event held in the family life center at Wedgewood Church in Charlotte, on February 1st, 2014.  PJ's friend Laurie Neal also joined us with her beautiful violin playing (PJ and Laurie play together as the duo Ananda, and are awesome).  We had a wonderful audience of attentive, appreciative music lovers, including a lot of our friends from NSAI and members of Wedgewood Church.  Thanks to PJ for inviting me to join her, and to Reverend Chris Ayers for hosting this event.  It was a lot of fun.

Some photos are posted in the Photo Gallery, courtesy of our friend Jeff Averill and our daughter Baxter.

Received "Open It" Tool! - August 22, 2013

Today we received an "Open It" tool from our friends Jeff and Marge Averill of Matthews, NC, to help us open those hard-to-open packages I wrote about in my song "Packaging". A photo of the "Open It" is in the Photo Gallery. Jeff and Marge also sent the following note:

"Hi Steve,

Now I know you're beyond those matchbox cars for the kids but you're not done yet! There's packages at some point for the grand kids and then there's this thing that creeps up on us called old age. We're there and it's a whole new chapter trying to get those suckers open! So what's up with packaging in 2013?

I hate to see you wrestling a package with all those expensive dangerous tools. With this little jewel you'll be able to hang the hack saw up, put your axe down and save your gasoline for the riding mower. There shouldn't be any more soiled shirts and bleeding fingers from flying box cutter blades.

Enjoy and we hope to see you at the Matthews Art Fest.

Both Marge and I really are enjoying the CD. We played it several times on our trip and have shared some of the songs with our friends. Take care and hope to see you soon."

Thanks so much, Jeff and Marge! The tool works great!  That was so thoughtful of you!

Dusty Lawn Chairs CD Released! - July 19, 2013

We received the Dusty Lawn Chairs CD's today, and they are also now available on CD Baby (click the "Buy" tab)! We are so excited to have them! They look great and sound great! Thanks to everyone involved in putting this project together - Chris Rosser at Hollow Reed Studio in Asheville, NC (producing, engineering, keyboards, bass guitar, guitar), River Guerguerian (percussion), Eliot Wadopian (upright bass), Dave Johnson (mandolin, dobro, banjo, fiddle, cello, viola, violin), Tania Hancheroff (harmony vocals), Greg Strizek at Verge Recording in Nashville, TN (producing harmony vocals, mixing), Joe Palmaccio at The Place for Mastering in Nashville, TN (mastering), Bob Leverone (photography), our friends and family who participated in the group photo shoot - Greg and Geri Baker, Ken Widis, Carlos and Lydia (Simpson) Morales, Herschel Brown, Bruce and Linda Johnson, Dave Wulfeck, Susan McSwiney, Jason and Fiona McAllister, and of course my daughter Baxter. 

Harmony Vocals for New CD - May 8, 2013

I flew to Nashville to participate in the April 23, 2013 recording session to have female harmony vocals added to five of the songs on my new Dusty Lawn Chairs CD. Greg Strizek, the owner of Verge Recording, had arranged for Tania Hancheroff, an amazing vocalist, to sing harmony vocals. Tania has sung harmony vocals on the records of Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers, Brad Paisley, Johnny Mathis, Jo Dee Messina, and Randy Travis, to name just a few. Check out her credits at http://www.allmusic.com/artist/tania-hancheroff-mn0000883741/credits. She made it look so easy! Then the next day Greg mixed in Tania's harmony vocals, and also the harmony vocals that I had sung myself on four songs and brought with us on disc. Then Greg finished up the mixing on all 15 songs and did some tweaking that I requested. He did an awesome job of mixing the songs! Check out the photos in the photo gallery of Tania and Greg. We headed back home and listened to the songs over the weekend, and then asked Greg to make one little change. When we were happy with everything, Greg walked the songs over to Joe Palmaccio at The Place for Mastering, and Joe did a wonderful job of mastering the whole album. Now all we have left to do is the artwork, and we're done!

Last Day in Studio - March 13, 2013

March 13, 2013 was the last day in Chris Rosser's studio for working on the Dusty Lawn Chairs CD. We listened to the awesome tracks that David Johnson added to seven of the songs, and made final edits on some of my vocal tracks. See photos in the Photo Gallery.  I'm really excited about how all of the songs sound. Now on to Nashville, where harmony vocals will be added.

New CD coming! - January 11, 2013

We're recording a new CD, to be titled, "Dusty Lawn Chairs", at Chris Rosser's studio in Asheville, NC. It will have 15 songs on it, and the project is going great. It should be ready in late spring or early summer 2013. Stay tuned!

Also, we'll be updating this website when the new CD comes out.

Hey, we just added some new photos to the Photo Gallery. Check 'em out!

YouTube Videos - August 31, 2009

Hey, there are videos of three of my songs on YouTube! One is of my new song, "You", recorded at the Swannanoa Gathering open mic by fellow Swannanoa student Steve Gray. He recorded many of the open mic performances and posted them on YouTube. To see mine, click on the following link http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xiTPyP05dGs.

Also, I just discovered that my son Scott, who is working in South Korea, has recently created two videos around two of my songs. He used photos to illustrate my song, "Part of Me that Hurts," and added the written lyrics. He did a great job! Here is the link to that video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pa6VIM_t_ug. He also created a video using photos of his grandfather - my father - to illustrate my song, "Daddy's Hat," a song I wrote about my father. Here is the link to that video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3aGpYA5qwy4.

Thanks, Scott!

First Place at Suwannee! - March 31, 2008

Hey, I won first place in the songwriting contest at the Suwannee Springfest music festival in Live Oak, Florida! The competition was fierce, I was really lucky to win. The other finalists, (Dean Johanesen, Shawn Lightfoot, Amanda Anne Platt, Chelsea Saddler, and Cheryl Watson) were all great. I did three songs, "Sparrows", "From Under the Bed," and "Dusty Lawn Chairs." "Sparrows" is the song that got me into the finals, and can be heard on this website. The other two songs are fairly new and I haven't recorded them yet. Sorry.

Anyway, as the winner of the songwriting contest, I will get a slot on the main stage at next year's Suwannee Springfest, which will be a lot of fun. I'm really looking forward to it.

Finalist at Suwannee Springfest - March 4, 2008

I've just been notified that I've been selected as one of the six finalists in the song contest of the Suwannee Springfest music festival in Live Oak, Florida! My song, "Sparrows" is the song that got me into the finals. So, I'll compete in the finals at the festival on March 27th at 7:00 pm. The finalists will each do three songs. I was in the finals in 2002, and came in second.

Second Place at Flat Rock - October 2, 2006

Well, I came in second in the song contest at the Flat Rock Music Festival. My friend Herschel Lee Brown went with me to the festival and sang awesome harmony and played great guitar. Thanks a bunch, Brownie! My friend Ken Kiser, who moved from Charlotte to Atlanta five years ago, took first place with a great song. Congrats to Ken. And my friend Rick Spreitzer took third place. Our prizes for second and third place were stage time at The Evening Muse, so Rick and I have decided to book a gig together and bill it as The Flat Rock Bridesmaids. Should be a lot of fun.

Finalist in Song Contest at Flat Rock Music Festival - September 18, 2006

I was just notified that my song, "Daddy's Hat" was selected as one of the ten finalists in the songwriting contest for the Flat Rock Music Festival. So, I'll be competing with the other nine songwriters at the festival on September 30th at 11:00 am. Should be fun!

CD Finished - September 9, 2006

I just finished my first CD, titled "Better Late". It was recorded at Chris Rosser's studio in Asheville, and features Chris Rosser on keyboard, guitar and bass guitar, David Holtzclaw, Herschel Lee Brown, Lea Kulhmann, Shana Blake, Reeve Coobs, Leah Howard, Meredith Laney, and Lynn Rosser on harmony vocals, Eliot Wadopian on upright bass, River Guerguerian on percussion, and Dave Johnson on dobro, mandolin, pedal steel, fiddle, banjo, viola, cello and violin.

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