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The Way Things Used to Be

by Steve Warner

Folk/country with exquisite acoustic arrangements and memorable melodies, plus a twist of lyrical nostalgia.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Do It Right the First Time
3:10 $0.99
2. The Way Things Used to Be
3:05 $0.99
3. I Don't Think With My Heart
3:46 $0.99
4. I'll Meet You in Our Dreams
3:56 $0.99
5. Ghost in the Breeze
2:48 $0.99
6. I Don't Get the Blues Anymore
3:45 $0.99
7. Castro's Children
3:25 $0.99
8. Carry on the Name
3:21 $0.99
9. Dingman's Ferry
1:50 $0.99
10. Jessie Louder
3:56 $0.99
11. Road of Regret
3:01 $0.99
12. The Best That They Can do
3:53 $0.99
13. Tonight We Danced in My Dreams
3:45 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Steve's songs reveal a sharp eye for detail, an ear for the unexpected chord, and create a mood that makes these newer works sound as if they've been around for years and sung by many. No small praise."

- David Roth, Songwriter, Recording Artist

Rarely does an independently produced CD merit repeat listening. But that's the case with The Way Things Used to Be. Sit on the front porch with a glass of cold lemonade, put your feet up, lean back and listen. You'll soon find yourself lost in crystal clear imagery and emotion. Warner has a John Prine-like knack for hooking you in with uncluttered charm and directness.

The Way Things Used to Be is the long overdue set from a writer who has won numerous awards, has had four covers of his songs, and is now gaining recognition on Nashville's Music Row. The songs offer an engaging variety... country blues, tender ballads, a fiddle hoedown, a waltz ... and deal with both light-hearted nostalgia and social issues not typically tackled. The arrangements are meticulously woven from a variety of instruments - steel guitar, fiddle, mandolin, dobro, banjo, cello, bass harmonica and, of course, acoustic guitars. The playing is articulate, tasteful and right on target.

"Today's crop of 'edgy' singer/songwriters has much to learn from guys like Steve Warner...much to learn about writing from the heart, appealing to simple human emotion and touching the universals that are ever more meaningful as life in the 21st century unfolds. Steve's new CD, "The Way Things Used to Be" is a friendly, warm journey through territory that is familiar to middle-agers everywhere. Its country and folk influences meld together in a way that is unpretentious, tapping into our collective memories of summer breezes on the front porch, the laughter of kids at the swimming hole, and the pain of love lost and recollected. In a voice reminiscent of John Prine and Greg Brown, Steve Warner will take you back home and let you touch once more the way things used to be. He's the real thing."

-Eric Garrison, Songwriter, Artist, Venue Host

"Steve's voice sounds a bit like Willie, a bit like Don Henley of the Eagles and a mixture of country/folk. He conveys just the right amount of emotions, which is not easy. One settles down into each song and feels right at home."
-Lisa Fenstermacher, Contemporary Christian Songwriter, Artist



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Ross Schrimpf

carry on the name
This is personaly for Steve from his friend Ross Schrimpf, Mike Schrimpf's brother. Ross is from J.c. Mo.
Would like to let him know that Ross has finally opened his restuarant, and he would like to invite you to stop in a see us if you are ever passing through.
Ross's personal phone # is 573-257-2118.
Thank you,
Ross and Teri Schrimpf

Colleen Geraghty

Simply stunning and magical!!!!!
I give Steve Warner's "The Way Things Used to Be" five big stars! Steve is the shining star of simple, straight forward MAGIC!!! There is beauty and magic in every song. Steve's lyrics are stunning and the stories he tells go right for the heart. "The Way Things Used to Be" will wake you up from any slumber and you will find yourself longing to sit close to the one you love. "I Don't Think With My Heart" will open you like a flower opens to springtime. You'll remember your own love nature and you'll wish that you had more of Steve's CDs nearby so you could listen to him every day. This is songwriting at it's best -- a pure delight for the senses and the heart. Three Cheers for Steve -- Join the fan club -- buy the CD -- you won't regret a minute of it --
Colleen Geraghty


The Way Things Use to Be
Wonderful! Steve may not remember me.. but I came to one of his performances before he hit it big. It was a small bar/restaurant where he was performing in Nashville. His piano player was out and he called Mike Shrimpf in to play piano for him. I came and watched his performance. I rode to Nashville with my friend Dion and Mike's wife Rita in a volkswagon bug!! At that time my name was Veda Troutt and Mike's wife's name was Rita Shrimpf... thought that was cute. I remember meeting Steve Warner.. it was one of the best nights I have had.. I've always been a musician. I play bass.. mostly upright bluegrass and now I'm writing a few songs... not sure what to do with them.. but still writing.. Doing great Steve... as always.. maybe we will meet again some day... Those were the days... ha

Kingsley Abernath | Recreation News

If you frequently and fondly think about the late 50s, if you find yourself longing for country-and-western music without Nashville's heavy backbeats, and if you really preferred the way things used to be - then you're gonna love The Way Things Used to Be. On this self-produced CD, West Virginian Steve Warner - a self-admitted "old-fashioned guy" who grew up during the days when Elvis was changing music and hairstyles, and cars were classically cool - teams up with a talented "string band" backup to reprise a no-nonsense style with strong echoes of yesterday. Sounding more than just a little like an early Merle Haggard, Warner reminds us of good times gone by with a baker's dozen of self-written tunes that recall homespun philosophies (Do It Right the First Time), young love (Dingman's Ferry) and bittersweet memories (Ghost In the Breeze and Tonight We Danced in My Dreams). Don't think for a moment, however, that Warner's songs are all fluffy cotton-candy nostalgia. He reveals a sense of biting irony with tough pieces that hammer home the specters of poverty (Carry On the Name), life outside the law (Jessie Louder) and physical handicaps (The Best That They Can Do). Castro's Children points up the hardships of life under Cuba's dictatorial regime. This is pretty strong stuff in counterpoint to the lighter reveries.

Dorene Davis

i love my cd
This cd is a wonderful addition to my collection. I was very pleased to add this one.

Bill Nedela

The Way Things Used to Be . . . Are Back!
I met Steve this past week at a songwriters' circle in Charlottesville, Va. I was immediately taken over by his songs and even moreso by his honest, straightforward delivery! Amazing lyrics and music. Seemingly simple, but oh my- how complex! I drove back to Michigan and listened to the CD, replaying it until I was worried I might overdo it. As soon as I was home and unpacked guess what I put on my stereo! What a talent and what a true artist! RIGHT FROM THE HEART! From Grampa's wisdom (Do it Right the First Time), to heartbreaks of life (Carry on the Name, Castro's Children), to wonderful love songs (The Best They Can Do, Tonight We Danced)- capture life as it is. And, if you're paying attention as Steve certainly is, they can become terrific stories and lessons for all of us! I really haven't heard anything as touching as- The Best That They Can Do- in a long, long time! How he did that without it becoming sticky-syrupie, is outstanding writing! Comparing him to others is kind of useless. I think he's truly an original, outstanding talent. Just WAY TOO humble, but that's OK! KEEP THE CDs a'comin' Steve!!