RALEIGH, N.C. -- Fully remixed and remastered with five bonus tracks, Americana singer-songwriter Steve Hartsoe has released a new version of his 2016 album “The Big Fix.”
The new indie album from the Raleigh, North Carolina, artist features 15 songs -- including a cover of Tom Petty’s “Trailer” -- and two new songs available Dec. 1 on CD and digital music sites, including iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Bandcamp and Google Play. Sound engineer Kevin McNoldy (Dave Matthews, Mary Chapin Carpenter) remixed and remastered the album at Cphonic Mastering in Raleigh, North Carolina.
After almost two decades removed from writing, recording and performing his own songs, Hartsoe is again singing about the daily of life -- its troubles, joys and all the in-between.
A Father’s Day gift of recording studio time from his wife, Shannon, jump-started Hartsoe’s music pursuits.
“Steve Hartsoe sings with the conviction of a nomad bleeding his heart dry, performing for anyone from the side of a boxcar," says Richard Murray of POW Magazine in San Francisco.
For this veteran rocker, a former AP journalist and college pitcher turned husband and father, that all-in conviction is an audible thread running through the 15 tracks on “The Big Fix-Deluxe Edition.”
The album features two new songs -- the Gaslight Anthem-inspired “Said and Done,” the album’s first single out Nov. 17 (listen here), and the alt-country “If I Had One Song.” The latter showcases stellar pedal steel guitar by Dave Ristrim, an old friend from Hartsoe’s native California who’s now in Luke Bryan’s band.
Hartsoe is also backed on the album by his teenage son Eli Hartsoe on drums and local musician Wahba, who recorded much of the album and played guitar, bass, keyboards and provided some background vocals.
Hartsoe honed his musical skills fronting one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s popular indie rock bands of the late 1980s and early ’90s, London Down, later renamed The Raging Marys. As a band member and later a solo performer, he shared the bill with such notable artists as Dan Vickrey (Counting Crows), The Smithereens, Chris Isaak, Mudhoney and Todd Rundgren.
"It’s been too long since we’ve heard Americana this genuine. Inspired by Tom Petty and Ryan Adams, Steve Hartsoe is full of melodic spirit and gruff guitar lines." (Milk Crater, San Francisco)
“Steve Hartsoe is able to wrest the deepest roots of Americana ... giving it a slightly retro-feel and a more global appeal than is normally the case with the genre.” (Emerging Indie Bands, London)