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Past Perfect

by Steve Spurgin

Fabulous singing, meaningful musical stories, all against an intrically woven tapestry of notes from some of the world's greatest acoustic players.
Genre: Folk: Urban Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Fire on the Kettle
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2. The Walkin' Boss
3:43 $0.99
3. Collar to the Wind
3:52 $0.99
4. I Guess She'll Never Know
2:53 $0.99
5. Sasquatch
2:53 $0.99
6. This Might Be the Year
3:37 $0.99
7. Run Away Home
4:02 $0.99
8. The Lights of Reno
3:37 $0.99
9. Kodak 1955
4:07 $0.99
10. The Last Armadillo Waltz
3:38 $0.99
11. Song For a Winter's Night
4:06 $0.99
12. Gettin' Outta Here Alive
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Album Notes
Acclaimed solo outing from bluegrass veteran and former Byron Berline & California member Steve Spurgin, with a handpicked slate of all-star studio buddies: Dobro ace Rob Ickes, Swiss luminaries Uwe and Jens Kruger, mandolinist Adam Steffey and bassist Rusty Holloway. Ten Spurgin originals plus John Malcolm Penn's "Sasquatch" and Gordon Lightfoot's "Song for a Winter's Night."



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Joe Ross

Spurgin gets listeners to care
Guitarist, singer, songwriter Steve Spurgin states that his “Past Perfect” album is a testament to his rewarding, meaningful and valuable friendships in the music business. He acknowledges the “artistic genius” of picking pals Rob Ickes (resonator guitar), Uwe Kruger (guitar), Jens Kruger (banjo, guitar), Adam Steffey (mandolin), and Rusty Holloway (bass). He thanks album producer Steven Briggs, President of Blue Night Records that formed in 1999 to “just record what we think is good music.” Spurgin and Briggs’ friendship goes back to the 1970s when both played in a country/bluegrass group called Wild Oats. It’s all part of Spurgin’s nostalgic and sentimental tapestry of thoughts that are so well captured on this recording.

As the CD began to spin, I found the bass a little heavy in the overall mix, especially on the opening cut of “Fire on the Kettle,” but that was easily adjusted. “Past Perfect” features ten Spurgin originals, along with John Malcolm Penn’s “Sasquatch” and Gordon Lightfoot’s “Song for a Winter’s Night.” Spurgin’s songwriting is an extension of his feelings, emotions and experiences. Spurgin’s stable, mature vocal presence emphasizes low-key appeal and earthiness. His approach lends immediacy to his stories and messages. Liner notes are unclear, but it’s assumed that the occasional harmonies are also sung by the songwriter who spent three years in Nashville as a writer for Gene Watson and Reba McEntire. After winning the 1994 “New Folk” award at the Kerrville Folk Festival, Spurgin began his solo singer/songwriter career. In 1996, he released his “Distant Faces” album, and his 2002 “Tumbleweed Town” was similarly well received. Besides his Nashville connection, Spurgin also has experience with such groups and artists as Sundance, The Limeliters, Freddy Fender, Mason Williams, Steve Gillette, Bluegrass Etc. and California. Mason Williams provided some liner notes for this album and says that “Steve’s songs take us to other places and times, as if we were right there.” For three years running (1992-4), California won IBMA’s “Instrumental Group of the Year” award, but that band broke up in 1996. Most recently, Spurgin fronted the contemporary bluegrass group Sawmill Road (2004-2010).

Spurgin clearly uses his craft to communicate ideas and feelings. Songs like This Might Be the Year, Run Away Home, and Gettin' Outta' Here Alive are full of creative expression. His songs allow others to see and hear real characters and feel the situation. “Kodak 1955” captures his own familiar awareness, without getting too personal or specific. Thus, he gives us a near “past perfect” mix of detail and ambiguity so we as listeners can fill in some blanks with our own experiences and relate to the song. Of course, it doesn’t hurt to also view Steve’s collage of black & white photos in the CD jacket that I wish would’ve also included his lyrics because of the magnitude of original material. Because of Steve’s original Texas roots, I also enjoyed “The Last Armadillo Waltz,” an intelligent and humorous take on the need for environmental protection. The current Nevada resident also sings a striking “The Lights of Reno.” As a masterful songcrafter, Spurgin knows just what it takes to get listeners to care. (Joe Ross, Roseburg, Or.)

Brad Harbaugh

Best Album of 2011
I was just listening to this album again and thought I'd check to see if there was any new Steve Spurgin on CD Baby, or records produced by the Blue Night label. I thought at the time I got Past Perfect that I'd given it a review...certainly meant here's making up for lost time.

In my opinion, Past Perfect was the best album of 2011. Listening to it the first time, it felt both new and well worn at the same slipping into a new pair of shoes that fit perfectly and feel great even before being broken in. Almost a year later, I can tell you this album only gets better with each listening. I'd name my favorite songs, but that too changes every couple of listens. What grabbed me the first few times was the power and subtlety of Steve's singing and the freshness of his writing. Now it's the fineness of the musical performances -- every musician does his part on this album. It all just came together for this album in a way that is rare for any group of musicians, regardless of talent or genre. If you've not heard this album yet, give it a shot...I envy you your first time.

Rik James

"Past Perfect" is a honey of a CD,
I am one of the lucky guys that gets to tell others on the radio that Steve Spurgin has a new CD, and that it's a "honey." Here is why I think so. The songs, number 1. They each take you someplace that you wanna go. Steve has some great songs here. Good, too, that he has some ace players like the Kruger Brothers, Rob Ickes, Adam Steffey, to step up to a mic and lend their fine instrumental backup, as well as harmony. Rusty Holloway turns in some good solid bass. Steven Briggs, thank you for producing a fine new album of original songs by Steve Spurgin. Oh, one more thing, the once cover song, I don't think I will wait until December to play "Song for a Winter's Night." I can get that onesome feeling Steve puts into it, even on a hot July day!

Bob Hall

Spurgin on the money again
Steve Spurgin Past Perfect

Steve Spurgin is a singer and songwriter with a long and productive career that’s delighted fans for many years. His new CD entitled Past Perfect is a reflection of his storied musical career. Every song paints a picture and tells a story from the past. The musicianship is first rate attempt, and Steve’s voice continues to be strong and captivating.

Steve’s songwriting and delivery defies categorization as far as his musical style and preferences. His recordings certainly lean to bluegrass, but his music also reflects folk and country influences. This project continues that tradition.

Steve Spurgin has assembled an all- star cast of stellar musicians for this project. All of the songs on the Passed Perfect CD were written by Steve, except two: Sasquatch by Steve’s friend John Penn, and Song for a Winter’s Night by Gordon Lightfoot. These songwriters should feel honored to be included on a recording by such a stellar songwriter.

Songs about home, memories, hard times, moonshining, and love are all present on this CD, and all are delivered in stellar fashion by Steve and his musical compadres.


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