Continually perfecting his technique, Steve Gunn is the epitome of a guitar virtuoso. He creates complex melodies, but manages to deliver them in such a naturally effortless way. He is self taught, which makes it all the more impressive. What draws me to his work is the actual content of the music he produces; his songs cover topics that should be written about, but are frequently overlooked by the music industry. Through his work he manages to uncover the important elements in life, like truth and love, which are normally buried in society. He writes about what really matters: people entering your life and changing your perceptions, evolving, wandering and discovering yourself.
Listening to his recent album, Eyes on the Lines, feels like the soundtrack to a significant transition in your life. It outlines topics like being lost and finding yourself again. It is folky and sentimental; it is hard to imagine Steve used to play in hard-core punk bands. I’m sure glad he stumbled upon the albums of Miles Davis and John Coltrane, as they significantly impacted his sound. One of my favourite numbers from the album is “Park Bench Smile”; it is hauntingly beautiful and incorporates winding soulful elements, which results in a sound best described as a version of classic Americana too deep and mysterious for words. “Night Wanderer” is another favourite, which embraces that quintessential folk sound, while adding some more depth through soulful elements.
He produces a sound that is soulful, bluesy yet fresh. Steve is the true definition of an artist by producing a sound that is profound, yet comes across very simple; he clearly takes his craft seriously.
I was lucky enough to speak with Steve before his show at Sugar Factory in Amsterdam.
Speaking with him is very much a gift; he has an incredibly calm air about him that makes you feel warm and comforted. He is kind, down to earth and answers everything very openly and honestly. This is incredibly refreshing in an industry filled with egos and people veering towards inauthenticity. He allows us to experience himself, including his vulnerabilities, which makes the listening experience that much more pleasurable.
Take a look at our interview below:
Interested in finding out more and supporting his music?
Visit his website: www.steve-gunn.com
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