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Susitna Summer

by Steve Durr

Modern folk with Alaskan themes, recorded in a remote log cabin based in the Susitna Valley
Genre: Folk: Folk Pop
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Susitna Summer
7:05 $0.99
2. Gone Where The Ravens Call
4:35 $0.99
3. Somebody Better Tell James
3:47 $0.99
4. River Take My Song
6:13 $0.99
5. Nobody Knows Where Virginia Is Now
5:24 $0.99
6. Lantern in a Window
3:06 $0.99
7. Fishin' Hole
5:31 $0.99
8. The Bloom That Never Fades
3:45 $0.99
9. Feels Like Rain
4:23 $0.99
10. Where Heaven Knows
4:15 $0.99
11. Dawg
1:41 $0.99
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Album Notes
Hi, welcome to Steve Durr's page. Try checking out cuts #3 & #4. These are two of Steve's best known songs and if they strike a note with the listener, then this may be an album you'll enjoy..

"If it's the music of the last frontier you're after, Steve's the guy!" Jim Kloss, Whole Wheat Radio, Talkeetna Alaska.
"To hear Steve's songs is to hear the real Alaska." Doug Geeting, Doug Geeting Aviation, Talkeetna Alaska.

Take a touch of Americana,
A touch of Debussey,
Give a nod to the music of the Orient,
Weave them all together in a poetic tapestry,
And what you get is Steve Durr's Susitna Summer.

I write about where I live, and the people and times I've known these last thirty-seven years in Alaska. - - - Steve Durr

Steve Durr's songwriting career has its roots in 1960's Greenwich Village where he performed in some of the famous clubs of that era such as the Bitter End, The Cafe Wha?, The Cafe Bizarre, The Night Owl, The Gaslight and more.
How he ended up in Alaska before the decade was over is a long story, but fortunately one that is now in print. "The Coldman Cometh" (St Martin's Press, 2004. Also see "Down in Bristol Bay" by Bob Durr, St Martin's, 2001) is the saga of how the Durr family left their secure existence in upstate New york in 1968 for a new life of adventure (and misadventure) in the Alaskan wilderness.

Thirty some years later Steve is a central figure in the Alaskan folk scene. His songs are known for their poetic perception, humorous, as well as soulful insights, and the unique guitar and vocal stylings that he brings to his music. "Susitna Summer" was recorded in his log cabin twelve miles from the nearest road.
During the short Alaskan summer Steve comes down from the hills, so to speak, and sets up camp (as in: a tent) on the banks of the Talkeetna River closer to the tiny village of Talkeetna. This is his base of operations for what he calls his "river gig." Working with the local raft company, Talkeetna River Guides, Steve performs his original Alaskan songs three times a day on the riverbank to the surprise and delight of the people going by. Though the site is not more than a mile from the town, it is still roadless and wild and Steve may be the only musician in the world who has to look out for bears as he takes the stage.



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Annie Brock

Great memories all winter!
Have enjoyed Susitna Summer and the memories of last summers float trip and Talkeetna all through this beautiful Alaskan winter. Plan to be there again this summer for more great unique Alaskan music!!

Robert B. Livingston

This early album by Steve Durr is magnificent.
He is an exceptional songwriter and performer-- every song exhibits strong craftsmanship, he sings well and plays the guitar well. None of the music is stuffy, or show-off. He is a true artist with a clear personal vision.
As in his other albums, he offers a bit of humor, fun, and friendship-- along with songs that are really poignant, even sublime.
He writes mostly about his home in Alaska-- but his works are universal-- in the way they evoke feelings and memories we all share.
When I listen to Durr's work, I marvel at such great talent, and wish more people can hear him!
His best songs (on this CD, I can listen to Susitna Summer and Feels Like Rain over and over without tiring of them) are made to stand the test of time.

Tom Lane

Steve is truly an Alaskan resource
Steve's music has been a joy to listen to for decades. Susitna Summer is a classic tale set in Alaska but could be anywhere and about many we know. If you don't start singing these songs you missed the message.Keep up the good work brother!

Bruce Tetley

Great lyrics. Unique arrangments and melodies. Great stuff.
Susitna Summer is wonderful collection of personal highs and lows, environmental concerns, animal husbandry, and softball. What more could you ask for? Steve Durr's music is unique in it's melodies, arrangments, and lyrical
profundity. I have been inspired by him and his music for nearly 40 years. Great stuff! Keep it coming!