Steve’s Page

Rodeo Gypsies are happy to dedicate some web space to Steve’s solo endeavors, most recently his new CD release, “Back Home”.  Check out the links, photos, press releases, etc., and be sure to download or buy Steve’s music at CDBaby.com and iTunes.

Performance Schedule

05/09/15 – Watchung Arts Center, 18 Stirling Road, Watchung, NJ – 8 p.m.
(908) 753-0190   www.watchungarts.org

This is a special 90-minute performance of Steve’s original music and some cover tunes, followed by a dessert reception. Rodeo Gypsies are excited to perform as Steve’s backup band for this show.

Advance Sale tickets are strongly recommended and can be purchased online at www.watchungartscenter.eventbrite.com

Ticket prices: $16 in advance, $20 at the door, $10 students, $18 WAC members.
For more information contact WAC: 908-753-0190  Email: wacenter@optonline.net.

April 12, 2013 – Watchung Arts Center, 18 Stirling Road, Watchung, NJ - 8 p.m. (908) 753-0190

Feb. 8, 2013 – The Inn at Millrace Pond, 313 Johnsonburg Rd., Blairstown, NJ – 8 p.m. (908) 459-4884
Jan. 20, 2013 – Dragonfly, 14 E. Main St., Somerville, NJ – 3 p.m. (908) 393-4993
Jan. 19, 2013 – Espresso Joe’s, 50 W. Front St., Keyport, NJ – 7 p.m. (732) 203-9499

 
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CD Cover "Back Home"

One Response to “Steve’s Page”

  1. RG Band says:

    For immediate release
    October, 2012

    Steve Kunzman enlists two-time Grammy-winning producer Ben Wisch
    for sophomore CD, Back Home

    Blends folk, blues and bluegrass for soul-deep Americana

    Steve Kunzman emerges as an expert in rendering the essence of home as restorative power, as light in the distance and light in the heart, through his multifarious music on sophomore CD, Back Home. With two-time Grammy-winning producer Ben Wisch – who has also produced albums for Marc Cohn, Patty Larkin, Peter Wolf – and other accomplished musicians, Steve offers eleven songs of deep, soul-stirring Americana. A current of solace through connection runs throughout, with moods ranging from rollicking to whisper-soft and twang to mist-dripping melodies.

    Nine years have passed since Steve’s 2003 debut Find The Moon. Find The Moon came after years spent making music, and several tenures as a student in a songwriting workshop led by Rosanne Cash. (Cash calls Steve’s work “totally original and beautifully honest.”)

    Over the ensuing near-decade – a blip of time for a father of four like Steve – music and songwriting remained integral to his life, while he focused on family and his environmental law practice. The opportunity to finally commit the resulting richness to CD, and the wherewithal to follow through, coincided not long after he and his wife sent the last of their brood off to college. Enter Ben Wisch, who gently urged Steve to make the leap, to invest his resources in himself – to continue to pursue his passion as an artist. Steve agreed.

    Wisch, an acclaimed pianist, called in bassist Zev Katz (Hall & Oates, Kris Kristofferson), drummer Chris Marshak (Steve Winwood) guitarist-banjoist-dobro-ist Kevin Barry (Lucy Kaplansky, Ray LaMontagne) and violinist-vocalist Elana Arian (Dirty Projectors). With Wisch at the helm, this ensemble fleshed out Steve’s acoustic guitar and burnished vocal based tunes, offering groove and atmospherics to the yearning title track, sly rhythmic underpinnings to the darkly comic Tom Waits-esque “Another Fine Day,” and an Afro-Cuban feel to the shadowy “About To Disappear.” While Back Home’s sawdust-on-the-floor treatments of “Lucy Brown” and “Coffee Every Day” honor Steve’s years playing in bars, this album gives equal time to the shelter one seeks not only from honky-tonkin’, but from the inevitable slings and arrows of life. Ballads “To the Edge of the Sea” and “Canadian Winds” glow with love beyond romance, radiating heartfelt strength given and received in the face of challenges. But every man needs a bouquet-of-roses tune, and for that, country-standard-sounding “Sweet Dreams” is valentine perfection. Bookending the tracklist are songs in which a narrator is either heading home – the title track – or longing for home lost – “Man Without a Home”; neither of these guys is Steve Kunzman, but for the grace of music, they could have been. Thanks to a well-worn guitar, songs, and family, he’s the man behind Back Home, a collection shining like a porch light in the darkness.

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