Steve Madewell | Rivers and Trails

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Rivers and Trails

by Steve Madewell

Steve Madewell delivers a rich acoustic guitar foundation for great story telling lyrics. This CD is about the out of doors and fishing. If you are a fly angler, you need to have this CD. Tracks from this CD are on several steelhead fishing web pages, hav
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Knot That Binds
2:58 $0.99
2. Small Water
4:51 $0.99
3. New Burlington
3:26 $0.99
4. Rivers and Trails
4:13 $0.99
5. Ballad of Henry Coerdt
3:30 $0.99
6. Stillwater Rag
5:19 $0.99
7. Spawn Till You Die
2:10 $0.99
8. The Local Fishing Guide
3:35 $0.99
9. The Gadget Guy
2:26 $0.99
10. One Last Cast
3:29 $0.99
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Album Notes
Steve Madewell writes wonderful songs.
He is a product of the Ohio landscape. Born and raised in the farmland of the southwest corner of the state, but spending most of his adult life where he currently lives, in the northeast Ohio snow belt. In addition to this blend of mid-west culture, his life has had two major influences, music and nature.

He began singing and playing guitar early in his teens and has routinely performed in a myriad of venues ever since. He has been the opening act for many nationally recognized recording artists including Leon Russell, John Prine, Doc Watson, Jonathan Edwards, New Grass Revival, and John Sebastian. While his musical experiences have included working with many ensembles, he clearly enjoys solo performances.

Steve has enjoyed a successful career in the conservation field, working to preserve land and promoting the value of natural resources, yet music has been a part of his life. Throughout his conservation career he has maintained a very active musical schedule.

In recent years, Steve has shifted and expanded his musical efforts toward writing and recording original material and in 2002 he recorded Rivers and Trails. This is a selection of simple folk compositions based on the experiences he has had living, fishing and working in the out of doors. It seemed fitting that Steve’s first original recording effort would acknowledge these major elements of his life. This simple production of songs is both introspective and humorous with an occasional jab at the fly angler.

Rivers and Trails has been positively reviewed by out door writers across

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11572 Fay Rd.
Concord Ohio

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Studio D Recording Studio - Dean Vincent

Acoustic Music at it's Best
Throw this on your smart phone, grab a good set of headphones and head for the water. Steve's music enhances the beauty and tranquility of nature. He captures the emotion and grandeur of being one with nature. This is a "must have" CD for your collection. Congratulations, Steve! Well Done!! -Dean Vincent

Mike Durkalec

A CD of special songs that truly capture the magic of fly fishing.
I first knew of Steve Madewell as dedicated and highly effective proponent for the conservation of our natural places in northeast Ohio. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that his CD, "Rivers and Trails", reflects another equal talent in Steve. His songs really strike a chord and do an outstanding job of capturing the magic of what makes being on the stream so special to many of us. Everybody who enjoys the outdoors should do themselves a favor and get a copy of this CD!
Mike Durkalec, Aquatic Resource Manager, Cleveland Metroparks

D'Arcy Egan

Steve Madewell is quite an accomplished steelhead trout fisherman and an all-around sportsman, but he's an even better purveyor of fishing tunes with snappy lyrics that have outdoors folds tappin' their toes. Just listen to "Spawn 'till I Die" on his new CD, "Rivers and Trails" and you'll have to agree his songs are something special. D"Arcy Egan Cleveland Plain Dealer

Alex Bevan

I've listened over and over to this disk and keep

finding new things. This collection of songs truly describes

Steve's passion for water with poetry, humor and maturity

in a way that makes me want to dust off my waders and

go see what I was missing. From the first song "The Knot that Binds"

to the final chord of "One More Cast" the recording "Rivers and Trails"

will take you on a wonderful journey through a water filled world.

Alex Bevan

The Cleveland Plain Dealer

Madewell performs at Little Mountain Folk Fest.
Songwriter strums ecological message
Parks administrator makes festival debut
Monday, July 26, 2004
Barb Galbincea
Plain Dealer Reporter
The audience, many bearing fragrant and sloppy foil-wrapped delicacies, perched on elevated benches and swung their legs lazily to the melody flowing from Steve Madewell's acoustic guitar.
A performer at the Little Mountain Folk Festival in Kirtland Hills over the weekend, Madewell, 48, has opened for the likes of Leon Russell and John Sebastian.
It was Madewell's first appearance at Little Mountain, with its multiple outdoor stages for scheduled entertainment as well as space for impromptu jam sessions in the shade of towering trees.
Thousands of people attended the two-day event, in its 19th year, on the grounds of the Lake County History Center.
Madewell, a Dayton native whose first paying gig was at a junior high-school classmate's party, grew up in a family of musicians. He now writes much of what he performs, including his first CD, "Rivers and Trails," finished last winter.
The lyrics often reflect his passion for conservation, despair over global warming, acid rain, over-development and America's petrochemical dependency.
"We just struggle to find somebody to blame," he said. "We don't embrace responsibility."
His songs also are inspired by love, world events, Ohio history and even his own tendency to be chronically late.
His friends provide frequent fodder for lyrics.
Consider "The Ballad of Henry Coerdt," an ode to a fishing buddy who Madewell said once pelted him with eggs from an abandoned bird's nest.
"I told him I'd get even," he said, grinning.
More information about Madewell and his music, including scheduled performances, is available at
To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:, 216-999-4185