March 2

Remembering “The Fearless Pioneer Of Country Rock”: Steve Young

Remembering “The Fearless Pioneer Of Country Rock": Steve Young 1

If there’s one person in the world who started Country Rock Americana and Alternative Country Sounds, as well as the Outlaw Movement. Then definitely, that is, the fearless, Steve Young, the one who broke the ice. However, he bent the rules to make a difference.

In addition, he found another way country music can be more stimulating to other audience. In other words, the stroke was his way of changing the customary. As an outcome, country music enthusiasts embraced the alterations without hesitation. In fact, this supported the careers of Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Jr., and many more.

Steve Young’s Humble Beginnings…

Steve Young was playing and writing songs with an influence of folk, blues, country and gospel. He immersed such styles while travelling throughout the South. In the late 60’s, he worked with Van Dyke Parks and was member of the psychedelic country band Stone Country.

Furthermore, Young is a native of Newnan, Georgia but grew up in Gadsden, Alabama, the state of Texas. He was a country music, song-writer, and a guitarist.

Short Yet Dominant Career…

Back in 1984, Young placed his single “It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way” on the charts with the assistance of RCA Records. It peaked at No. 84 on Hot Country Songs.

In 1989, Young did a mini tour in the Northwest with singer and song-writer Tim Otto. They performed in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.

Moreover, Otto took the cover shot for Steve Young’s Solo and Live CD with Watermelon Records in 1991. Townes Van Zandt wrote the liner notes. Young headlined the 1996 concert recording of Van Dyke Parks entitled “Moonlighting: Live at the Ash Grove”. However, Young did not appear on the recordings.

His Compositions Boost The Careers Of The Well-Known Artists…

Young wrote many songs for other artists. These are “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean” recorded by Waylon Jennings and “Montgomery In the Rain” by Hank Williams, Jr.

His best-known composition is “Seven Bridges Road”. The song became a hit for The Eagles when they included a cover for their live album in 1980. Other covers were noted by Joan Baez, Tracy Nelson and Mother Earth, Iain Matthews, and Rita Coolidge.

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