Steve Hartz | Crooked, Steep, and Rocky

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Crooked, Steep, and Rocky

by Steve Hartz

The inspiration for this music comes from 25 years of rambling down blacktop, clay, and gravel back roads. It is rooted deeply in the past, and it’s about old steam trains, folk tales, outlaws, troubadours, and the wanderings of other ramblers.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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1. Allegheny Train
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2. Crooked Steep and Rocky
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3. Troublesome Pass
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4. Take Me Back To Bristol / Wildwood Flower
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5. Old and Lost Hornpipe
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6. Ozark Chimes / Stone County Jubilee
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7. Wildcat Ridge (feat. Miki Lynn)
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8. Buffalo Shoals
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9. John Murrel
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10. The Last Chance Road
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11. Oldtime Christian Band (feat. Lana Henry & Brian Tarrant)
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12. I'm Comin' Home (feat. Lana Henry & Brian Tarrant)
3:43 $0.99
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13. Windy Gap
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14. Where the Stony River Rolls (feat. Lana Henry & Brian Tarrant)
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15. Goin' Back to Calico Rock
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This is a collection of original old time and bluegrass music. The recording was a real labor of love, and makes use of a large number of wonderful antique and unusual instruments, some of which are rarely heard in modern times.

Reviews
"Here is a thoroughly delightful production of original material all written and arranged by multi-talented musician, Steve Hartz. Crooked Steep & Rocky consists of 15 selections exuding a unique bluegrass influence but intermeshed with older traditional flavorings. For almost 50 minutes, Hartz explores a myriad of aspects of rural Americana through song. Several pieces obviously mirror personal experiences such as the title song which recounts his adventures on an Ozark back road. "Take Me Back To Bristol/Wildwood Flower" commemorates the automobile trek in 1927 of A.P., Sara, and Maybelle Carter from their home in Maces Spring, VA to Bristol, VA/Tenn., and the historic recording session with Ralph Peer. A few of the supporting pickers include Jeff Scroggins(banjo), Randy Elmore(fiddle), Kevin Carter(fiddle and cello), Kelly Lancaster(mandolin and mandobass), and Sheryl Lynn Hartz(lead and harmony vocals). A sizable portion of Hartz's repertoire consists of lively instrumentals like "Buffalo Shoals," "Goin' Back to Calico Rock," and "Windy Gap," all conjuring up kaleidoscopic images of yesteryear. Included among the more poignant vocal offerings are Steve's "John Murrel" and the performances of "Oldtime Christian Band" and "Wildcat Ridge," and especially fascinating tale of a hermit moonshiner and a daring mountain rescue. "

"Crooked Steep & Rocky is a passionate collage of adeptly structured acoustic masterpieces all eloquently capturing the pioneer spirit of the American experience. Nothing else need be said except to encounter an elegant listening experience from start to finish.(Mystery Ridge Recording Co., 216 East Pillar, Nacogdoches, TX 75961, 936-564-8692)" LM (Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, January 1999)

"A concept album of travelling and road tunes, composed by Steve Hartz and performed predominantly as instrumentals, with several vocal entries all providing a common thread to the theme. The all-acoustic musicianship is exceptionally well done -- vocals by Hartz and various contributors are well suited to the laid back strengths of the album. The West Virginia born, Tennessee raised and now East Texas-based Hartz, also shows special creative talents with his artistry on front and back covers of the CD's sleeve...tasty stuff!!" (Country Music News, March 1999)

Quotes
"Steve is a master songwriter." (Janice Mclaughlin, WMUB Radio, Oxford, Ohio.)

"Congratulations on a job well done! I'll be doing my best to spread the word here in Nashville." ( David Higgs, WPLN Radio, Brentwood, Tennessee)

"Wow! This is a great sound! My listeners will love it." (Joe Colvin, WYSO Radio, Yellow Springs, Ohio)

"I like acoustic music, and this is the best." (Robin Mathis, WCPC Radio, Houston, Mississippi)

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Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, 1999

Album Review
"Here is a thoroughly delightful production of original material all written and arranged by multi-talented musician, Steve Hartz. Crooked Steep & Rocky consists of 15 selections exuding a unique bluegrass influence but intermeshed with older traditional flavorings. For almost 50 minutes, Hartz explores a myriad of aspects of rural Americana through song. Several pieces obviously mirror personal experiences such as the title song, which recounts his adventures on an Ozark back road. "Take Me Back To Bristol/Wildwood Flower" commemorates the automobile trek in 1927 of A.P., Sara, and Maybelle Carter from their home in Maces Spring, VA to Bristol, VA/Tenn., and the historic recording session with Ralph Peer. A few of the supporting pickers include Jeff Scroggins (banjo), Randy Elmore (fiddle), Kevin Carter (fiddle and cello), Kelly Lancaster (mandolin and mandobass), and Sheryl Lynn Hartz (lead and harmony vocals). A sizable portion of Hartz's repertoire consists of lively instrumentals like "Buffalo Shoals," "Goin' Back to Calico Rock," and "Windy Gap," all conjuring up kaleidoscopic images of yesteryear. Included among the more poignant vocal offerings are Steve's "John Murrel" and the performances of "Oldtime Christian Band" and "Wildcat Ridge," and especially fascinating tale of a hermit moonshiner and a daring mountain rescue.”
"Crooked Steep & Rocky is a passionate collage of adeptly structured acoustic masterpieces all eloquently capturing the pioneer spirit of the American experience. Nothing else need be said except to encounter an elegant listening experience from start to finish.(Mystery Ridge Recording Co., 216 East Pillar, Nacogdoches, TX 75961, 936-564-8692)" LM
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Country Music News

March, 1999
"A concept album of traveling and road tunes, composed by Steve Hartz and performed predominantly as instrumentals, with several vocal entries all providing a common thread to the theme. The all-acoustic musicianship is exceptionally well done -- vocals by Hartz and various contributors are well suited to the laid back strengths of the album. The West Virginia born, Tennessee raised and now East Texas-based Hartz, also shows special creative talents with his artistry on front and back covers of the CD's sleeve...tasty stuff!!"
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