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Southern Moon Northern Lights

by Steinar Gregertsen

Steinar Gregertsen takes you from the Mississippi Delta to the fjords of Norway, onboard his acoustic and electric lap-steel guitars
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Southern Moon
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2. Waltzing Elisa
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3. God Only Knows
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4. Unfinished Business
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5. In The Midnight Hour
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6. Will The Wind Ever Remember
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7. The Night Of The Owl
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8. Poet On The Radio
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9. Bad Moon Rising
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10. Awakening
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11. Northern Lights
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Ask someone where the best “Hawaiian guitar” players come from, and it’s unlikely that they will say, “Arendal, Norway.”

Unlikely, that is, until they have listened to Steinar Gregertsen’s recently released CD, “Southern Moon, Northern Lights.” This Norwegian guitarist’s command of his acoustic and electric lap-steel guitars – also known as “Hawaiian” or “non-pedal steel” guitars – is impressively showcased on his first solo CD.

Gregertsen set out to write and record a set of songs that would blend his appreciation of traditional American blues with his interest in more complex and contemporary musical forms – in a sense, a trip from the Mississippi Delta to the Norwegian fjords. (A few listeners describe some of the results as “New Age,” but don’t plan on doing your yoga exercises to it – there is just too much energy.) His new CD takes the listener from the uptempo first track – “Southern Moon” – to the mystical “Northern Lights,” with nine other stops along the way.

Eight of the eleven tracks are composed by Gregertsen – he collaborated with Minneapolis singer/songwriter Matthew Fox on “Southern Moon” – with three surprising covers: Brian Wilson/Tony Asher’s “God Only Knows;” Steve Cropper/Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour;” and John Fogerty’s “Bad Moon Rising,” which ironically was recorded only days before Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast and the Delta region.

Gregertsen recognizes that a CD featuring a guitarist should feature a lot of guitar playing (!), and he delivers on that promise, without an ounce-of self-indulgence. He is one of those guitarists who has the confidence (and good sense) not to play notes for their own sake; instead letting the character and sustain of his lap steels fill the space. That’s not to say he can’t cut loose – his playing on the upbeat “Poet on the Radio” gets every bit as frenetic as it is restrained on the Hendrix homage “Will the Wind Ever Remember.” (Gregertsen also does a fine job playing fretless bass. With the exception of some synthesizer programming on “Northern Lights” this is a one-man show: he plays all the guitars, synth, and programmed the drums/percussion.)

Although he limits his vocals to only three tracks, Gregertsen sings with an earnestness and honesty that matches the lyrics. “Bad Moon Rising” is presented as an acoustic lament, rather than a rocker; “Midnight Hour” is an almost-whispered promise to a lover.

If “Hawaiian guitar” and “steel guitar” conjure up thoughts of a luau at the Hilton and/or the Grand Ole Opry, think David Lindley and Ben Harper instead! Like those better-known artists, Gregertsen extends the soulful sounds of the lap-steel guitar to their full potential, without the cheesy clichés that lesser players might fall back on. And in doing so, he makes the trip from “Southern Moon” to “Northern Lights” one you’ll want to take again (and again).

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Laurie Campbell

Southern Moon Northern Lights
This recent purchase is a delightful find and also favorite new listen. I only heard a single sample of Steinars music, but I knew I wanted to hear more! Now what I have on the CD is a very nice mix of selections both diverse and traditional and all skillfully and artfully approached and beautifully played, and professionally mastered. with a VERY nice sound. Steinar, I look forward to your future releases--please know I'm enjoying my(your) cd, very much!
Thankyou!
Sincerely, Laurie
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Terry VunCannon

Truely a FIVE STAR CD...a must have!!!!
This CD is a must have for slide, lap steel, & guitar fans. Steinar has come out with an instant master piece with this CD. Strong songs, great arrangements & recording, a loads of killer tones. If David Lindley, Jeff Beck & Jimi Hendrix ever worked together, in my mind they would sound like this.
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Greg V.

Magical organic tapestry...
Steinar's music and playing is wonderfully mature and stylized, flowing with identity and skill... This release showcases his effortless, inspired notes and tones, always with purpose and within the framework of great tunes. Beautiful production and tones through out this musical journey from a deeply soulful cat...
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Alan Stassforth

Get it, you won't regret it!
Everything about this cd is great. I can't stop listening to it. Bravo!! Alan.
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Jim Wood

Vintage New Age Bliss
I found out about Steinar while surfing lap steel sites. Sent him an EMAIL with a lap steel question and got introduced to a really fine musician and great human being to boot. Ultimately bought this album -- what an inspiration! Everyone who hears it just loves the lush and tastful treatments and original songs. You really can't miss here -- vintage instruments, played with great skill, before imaginative and evocative tonal landscapes. Put this one on to watch for your falling stars ... think you will agree that Steinar's is certainly on the rise!
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geoff van maastricht

Surgical Steel
yes.

Steinar is a surgeon with a steel. He lets the notes he plays reach their full potential.

number6 says "Buy this CD."

You won't just listen to the music...you will feel it.
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Ray Shakeshaft

Excellent and varied
This is an excellent CD not just because of the musicianship of Steinar but because he touches on so many different genres of popular music and all played with complete control and taste - never an opportunity to become bored. I look forward to the next CD.
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Bruce Johnson

Just Buy It !
You don't need to read another glowing review. You just need this CD. Good tunes. Beautiful sounds. Excellent production. You won't be sorry. This may soon become your most played CD. For me, Stienar Gregertsen is my new musical hero.
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Bo Halldorsson

This one of the most enoyjable CD´s I´ve heard in a long time
Southern Moon Northern Lights is one of the most enoyjable CD´s I´ve heard in a long time. Steinar is a skilled guitar player from Norway and has developed his own personal style and is surely one of the best steel players north of the Alps.
Everyone who enjoys good guitar playing should have this CD in his collection
He has played on one of my records and his playing stands out like gold
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Kelvin Monaghan

Souyhern Moon Northern Lights
Steiner this is one magical album.The tones and textures evoked from both accoutic and electric steels is truly awesome.I love this album with a passion.Thanks for the inspiration. Cheers Kelvin
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