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Steve Conn

  1. If I Were King
  2. Great Big Beautiful World
  3. Somebody Gotta Make A Move
  4. Eliana
  5. All The King's Horses
  6. Down On Rogolette
  7. Comfort Me
  8. Don't Ask Me
  9. I've Got Your Dog
  10. Love Everybody
  11. Polishing Chrome
  12. Beautiful

This album is one of my personal favorites. Steve Conn is one of my favorite musicians and songwriters, soulful, musically grounded, skillful, excellent musicianship, well worthy of your support. I suggest you check it out. Warren B. White, (pro audio solutions)

Review by Robert L. Doerschuk

Few sidemen have blossomed into solo artistry as fully as Nashville stalwart Steve Conn on this self-titled release. Crisply produced, with a degree of clarity that in no way subverts the album's rustic ambience, Steve Conn stands on a foundation of vintage keyboards; there's only one synthesizer cameo, and even that was played on a stone-age miniMoog. This gives each song a spacious, solid feel, which serves the narrative quality of the lyrics well. Conn's vocal delivery, unaffected and almost conversational, brings these stories into focus, like a rugged frame around an old family portrait. On "Down on Rigolette" it's a country gothic tale told in stark, poetic detail; "Comfort Me," the plaintive "Beautiful," and the easy-rolling, Professor Longhair-flavored "Don't Ask Me" are more personal recitations, haunted by mystery and glimpses of salvation; and hiz humor, in full view on "I've Got Your Dark," has a wicked twist. Extra flavor is added throughout each track by the band, whose most stellar member, Sonny Landreth, plays just as exquisitely as you'd expect; Conn's solos are somewhat less pointed but just as drenched in homespun soul. Though not as sophisticated as the songs of Bruce Hornsby, this material draws from the same well and quenches that same thirst for something cool, dark, and Southern.



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