Steve Gunn

Biography

People have written about roads for as long as they’ve been around. And before there were roads, they still wrote about travel and about landscape. Landscape is the stage upon which our greatest experiences and desires play out. Steve Gunn’s music has always embraced expanse and movement. It springs from the simple and profound relationship between humans and their environment. Eyes On The Lines is his most explicit ode to the blissful uncertainty of adventure yet.

Gunn’s roots in the underground run deep, from his days in GHQ to his collaborations with Black Twig Pickers and Mike Cooper. He’s toured and recorded with Michael Chapman, and released two remarkable duo albums with drummer John Truscinski. His solo ventures, emerging over the past decade and culminating most recently the highly-acclaimed Way Out Weather, have been pastoral, evocative affairs. Here he embraces his urban surroundings through a series of songs that fully showcase his extraordinary ability to match hooks to deftly constructed melodies. Gunn is a consummate guitarist, that rare fingerpicker who can harness the enigma of the American Primitive vernacular without lazily regurgitating it. His playing is inventive and full of personality. His instrumental virtuosity calls upon a vast library of technical skills at will, but he’s never showy — his riffs and runs are always in the service of the song at hand.

And what a pleasure to have this music presented to the wider public.

This song cycle melds thoughtful inquisitiveness with poetic reflection, fully embracing rhythmic uplift, allowing personal stories and impressions to live their own lives on their own terms. Gunn is more narrator than diarist; he pours real-life moments and real-life people into vibrant and evocative tales. Dreams and encounters spiral out – they form their own dramas and illuminate their own truths. Indeed, Eyes On The Lines works like a book of the finest short stories, its songs interlocking with an urgent necessity, forming an ever-questioning whole. In Gunn’s own words: “The music isn’t about me. It’s about characters, either real or fictional. It’s about images.”

And what are lines if not one of the foundational aspects of images? Lines on the road draw one’s attention to the lines comprising the landscape. Gunn’s music runs ahead and twists – like time, like the road itself. Guitar lines are highway lines are lines carved by the view out the window are the lines one waits in to get a quick meal on the way from one destination to another are lines one draws in the van to stay amused. It’s good to be out on the road and it’s good to be home, and each feeds into the other. This record sees lines run together and leap across one another.

He’s honest about the necessity of being comfortable in being lost. His music values the unknown, so it is always born of the present. We lose ourselves to find ourselves. With all of this comes humility. And gratitude. Listen to “Nature Driver,” a statement of thankfulness for the generosity of the plethora of kind souls who welcome travelers into their homes.

“Ancient Jules,” which opens the record, is a travel fantasy of a different sort. Built around a head-nodding motif, the song bobs and weaves its way through a tale which foregrounds the surprising joy that can come with a break – a deep sigh in the midst of an onrush, punctuated by the finest example of Gunn’s electric soloing to emerge yet. A song like “Conditions Wild” also rambles through strange clouds of roving. Interlocking strings, percussion, and vocals join in an irrepressible rush. This record is like that – the songs get lodged in one’s head because they’re catchy, but their atmosphere sends the mind reeling into memory and mystery.    

These are songs you can take in quickly, but spend all the time in the world devouring. The very large and the very small are present in equal measure. The inability to categorize them within the avalanche of impotent diatribes that pass for categorization is a testament to their power.

Stories give us ways to discover meaning. They provide us with signposts – when we recognize our own lives within them, we clarify our existence. “Far from the world is the mystic fool,” Gunn sings on the opening track. The fool may be far from the world, but that doesn’t matter. The so-called fool is jacked in to the cosmos.

Matt Krefting Holyoke, MA 2016

News From The Matablog

Steve Gunn : Two Smiths Covers for Aquarium Drunkard's Laginappe Sessions



Earlier this morning, Aquarium Drunkard premiered a pair of Smiths covers from Steve Gunn, "The Night Has Opened My Eyes" and "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle".  You can stream both here.

Steve's got a solo tour of Europe starting April 3, but he's also taking part in a February 25 benefit for Bruce Langhorne at Brooklyn Music School alongside Alan Licht, Steve Shelley, Dylan Aycock, Loren Mazzacane Connors and many more.  All of the above plus Tom Carter, Susan Alcorn, Lee Ranaldo, Nathan Bowles, Chris Corsano, Tim Rutilli, John Fahey, Daniel Bachman and many more can be heard on Scissor Tail's new 2 CD compilation, 'The Hired Hands : A Tribute To Bruce Langhorne'.

Tour dates :
Monday, April 3 – St John Church, London, UK
Tuesday, April 4 – Louisiana,  Bristol, UK
Wednesday, April 5 – Holy Trinity – Leeds, UK
Thursday, April 6 – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK
Friday, April 7 – Unitarian Church,  Brighton, UK
Saturday, April 8 – Little Waves, Genk, Belgium
Sunday, April 9 – Zonnehuis – Amsterdam, Netherlands  (4pm show)
Monday, April 10 – Doopsgezinde Kerk (church) – Utrecht, Netherlands
Tuesday, April 11 – Les Atelier Claus, Brussels, Belgium
Wednesday, April 12 – Vooruit (Theater Zaal) – Gent, Belgium
Thursday, April 13 – Le Carreau du Temple, Paris, France
Friday, April 14 – Le Bourg - Lausanne, Switzerland
Saturday, April 15 – Bad Bonn, Düdingen, Switzerland
Monday, April 17 – Anfiteatro del Venda – Padova, Italy
Tuesday, April 18 – Blackmarket/Unplugged in Monti Series, Rome, Italy
Wednesday, April 19 – St. Edmunds Church, Oslo, Norway
Thursday, April 20 – Tungenes Lighthouse, Randaberg, Norway
Saturday, April 22 – G Livelab, Helsinki, Finland
Sunday, April 23 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark
Tuesday, April 25 – Sidecar, Barcelona, Spain
Wednesday, April 26 – Kafe Antzokia, Bilbao, Spain 
Thursday, April 27 – Moby Dick, Madrid, Spain 
Friday, April 28 – El Torgal, Ourense, Spain 
Sunday June 11 –  The Thing in Spring Festival, Peterborough, NH

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STEVE GUNN UK & EU SOLO TOUR ANNOUNCED

SG-solo-EUCurrently on tour with Lee Ranaldo & Meg Baird stateside, Steve Gunn is never shy to announce even more tour dates. There is a big batch of new shows that were announced this morning across the UK and Europe. All ticket links can be found HERE. Even more shows for this new tour are in the works, so don't fret if you don't see a show close to you below.





NEW UK/EU TOUR DATES 
Monday, April 3 – St John Church, London, UK
Tuesday, April 4 – Louisiana,  Bristol, UK
Wednesday, April 5 – Holy Trinity – Leeds, UK
Thursday, April 6 – Glee Club, Birmingham, UK
Friday, April 7 – Unitarian Church,  Brighton, UK
Saturday, April 8 – Little Waves, Genk, Belgium
Sunday, April 9 – Zonnehuis – Amsterdam, Netherlands  (4pm show)
Monday, April 10 – Doopsgezinde Kerk (church) – Utrecht, Netherlands
Tuesday, April 11 – Les Atelier Claus, Brussels, Belgium
Wednesday, April 12 – Vooruit (Theater Zaal) – Gent, Belgium
Thursday, April 13 – TBC, Paris, France
Friday, April 14 – Le Bourg - Lausanne, Switzerland
Saturday, April 15 – Bad Bonn, Düdingen, Switzerland
Monday, April 17 – Anfiteatro del Venda – Padova, Italy
Tuesday, April 18 – Blackmarket/Unplugged in Monti Series, Rome, Italy
Wednesday, April 19 – St. Edmunds Church, Oslo, Norway
Thursday, April 20 – Tungenes Lighthouse, Randaberg, Norway
Saturday, April 22 – G Livelab, Helsinki, Finland
Sunday, April 23 – Vega, Copenhagen, Denmark


US TOUR DATES WITH LEE RANALDO & MEG BAIRD
Wednesday, January 18 — Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville OH*% Thursday, January 19 — The Warhol, Pittsburgh PA Friday, January 20 — Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC*% Saturday, January 21 — PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA*% Sunday, January 22 — Park Church Co-op, Brooklyn NY*% purchase and/or stream ‘Eyes On The Lines’ from the following: The Matador Store Spotify Steve Gunn Store iTunes Google Steve Gunn online : official site Facebook Instagram Twitter

VIDEO : Steve Gunn - "Full Moon Tide"



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(photo : John William Moloney) 

Prior to next week's solo tour alongside Lee Ranaldo and Meg Baird, The Bluegrass Solution have posed a clip of Steve Gunn performing "Full Moon Tide" at an undisclosed downtown L.A. location. 

upcoming dates : 

Tuesday, January 10 — Arts at the Armory, Somerville MA*
Wednesday, January 11 — Columbus Theater, Providence RI*
Thursday, January 12 — Winooski Methodist Church, Winooski VT*
Friday, January 13 — PHI Centre, Montreal, QC*
Saturday, January 14 — The Great Hall Toronto ON*
Monday, January 16 — Thalia Hall, Chicago IL*
Tuesday, January 17 — The Cave, Louisville KY*
Wednesday, January 18 — Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville OH*
Friday, January 20 — Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC*
Saturday, January 21 — PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA*

* = w/ Lee Ranaldo and Meg Baird

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Out Friday : Steve Gunn - "Ancient Jules" 12" EP

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photo by Sara Anke

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As touted in this space previously, a limited edition 3-song 12" EP from Steve Gunn is available at participating Record Store Day retailers this coming Friday, November 25. In addition to 'Eyes On The Lines'' "Ancient Jules", the EP includes a pair of previously unreleased tracks, "The Handshake" and "The Soloist".

Upcoming Tour Dates :

Friday, December 9 - The Bell House, Brooklyn NY (with Endless Boogie and 75 Dollar Bill)

Tuesday, January 10 — Arts at the Armory, Somerville MA*
Wednesday, January 11 — Columbus Theater, Providence RI*
Thursday, January 12 — Winooski Methodist Church, Winooski VT*
Friday, January 13 — PHI Centre, Montreal, QC*
Saturday, January 14 — The Great Hall Toronto ON*
Monday, January 16 — Thalia Hall, Chicago IL*
Tuesday, January 17 — The Cave, Louisville KY*
Wednesday, January 18 — Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville OH*
Friday, January 20 — Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC*
Saturday, January 21 — PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA*

* = w/ Lee Ranaldo and Meg Baird

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Steve Gunn - January Dates With Lee Ranaldo, KEXP Session



(Steve Gunn and The Outliners in session for KEXP, Seattle, from September 21)

Currently on tour in Europe with the Outliners (see dates below), Steve Gunn embarks on a brief solo tour of North America this January, sharing a stage (and most likely a dressing room --- these places aren't Cobo Hall) with Lee Ranaldo. The aforementioned shows are in bold below, with tickets on sale now (or in some instances, pretty soon).

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Tuesday, January 10 — Arts at the Armory, Somerville MA*%
Wednesday, January 11 — Columbus Theater, Providence RI*%
Thursday, January 12 — Winooski Methodist Church, Winooski VT*%
Friday, January 13 — PHI Centre, Montreal, QC*%
Saturday, January 14 — The Great Hall Toronto ON*%
Monday, January 16 — Thalia Hall, Chicago IL*%
Tuesday, January 17 — The Cave, Louisville KY*%
Wednesday, January 18 — Stuart’s Opera House, Nelsonville OH*%
Thursday, January 19 — The Warhol, Pittsburgh PA
Friday, January 20 — Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington DC*%
Saturday, January 21 — PhilaMOCA, Philadelphia, PA @ PhilaMOCA*%
Sunday, January 22 — Park Church Co-op, Brooklyn NY*%

* = w/ Lee Ranaldo
% = w/ Meg Baird

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