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Renaissance Man

by Steve Warner

Folk/Country with strong melodic and lyrical hooks, great stories, humor, relevance, and universal themes.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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1. Ronald P. Carter
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2. Get It Back
3:51 $0.99
3. Not Gonna Take It Anymore
4:28 $0.99
4. Renaissance Man
3:51 $0.99
5. Molly McClure
4:49 $0.99
6. Bubba Goes Fishin'
3:56 $0.99
7. Human Heart
3:19 $0.99
8. God Only Knows
3:35 $0.99
9. I've Got Plans
3:23 $0.99
10. A Fertile Love
5:40 $0.99
11. Buried in Stone
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12. Coyote Moon
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13. Do the Best You Can
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14. Ready or Not
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Album Notes
Warner paints vivid pictures of characters and places. The influences reach back to legends Jimmie Rodgers, Stephen Foster...the style suggests John Prine. The songs are distinctly original, ranging from traditional folk to pop country.

"Renaissance Man" offers up a gumbo of beautiful melodies, imagery, and harmonies eloquently framed in tasteful, predominantly acoustic arrangements that serve the songs well. Stylistically, the disc is in the folk/country genre with a tinge of pop, honky tonk, even vaudeville. Songs explore the topical...God Only Knows, The Human Heart...humorous...the title cut, I've Got Plans, Bubba Goes Fishin'...historical...Ronald P. Carter, Buried in Stone...the Beatles...Get It Back. There is also a cowboy song that sounds like it came from the Sons of the Pioneers songbook. A talented supporting cast of musicians plays guitar, dobro, mandolin, piano, clarinet, ukelele, dulcimer, etc. Two tracks feature Fiddlin' Joe Shewbridge, an original membe of Patsy Cline's band. The cd's final track is a plaintive guitar/vocal memorial to Warner's son, Daniel, who died in a 2003 car accident.



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Steve Warner's Renaissance Man is a fun, classic folk/country CD loaded with songs that get stuck in your head. Warner shifts from vocalizing traditional American themes to entertaining with down-home country lyrics. Listen for different country (John Prine) and folk (Bob Dylan and Arlo Guthrie) influences on several tunes.
The ragtime clarinet on 'I've Got Plans' reminds me of the barbership quartet era, but deals with contemporary subjects. Warner adds sentimental touches by including a 78-rpm background chorus to this otherwise digital recording, reminding us that you can be both nostalgic and modern at the same time. Incorporating the two enriches our appreciation for his music.
Warner has mastered humorous storytelling in the title track, a commercial pop tune about a character familiar to most of us in the 21st century. He puts so much energy into obtaining modern conveniences that he hasn't got time to enjoy the things he owns. Sexuality also receive Warner's humorous touch in 'Bubba Goes Fishing': you can see the redneck on the prowl. Contrast this cut with the romantic cowboy ballad, 'Molly McClure', in which Warner combines classic folk with modern themes.
Renaissance Man effectively uses guest musicians on several tracks. Adding Fiddlin' Joe Shewbridge, a 60-year veteran of the local and national music scene, on 'Not Gonna Take It Anymore' gives the song the extra solemn boost it needs for ear candy sound appeal. As Warner sings, "My poor heart took a beating, but soon I will yearn for someone new," Shewbridge's violin reinforces the song's sadness.
Steve Warner arranges the tunes remarkably well, intertwining the instruments to create a sensible new-age folk recording that can be played at any occasion. He dedicated this CD to his son, Daniel Benjamin Warner, as "he feels writing is the only real therapy he knows." Listening to this CD lifted my spirits and broadened my appreciation for the diversity of his music. Warner's "not quite bluegrass" contains themes that upstage other fold entertainers on the scene today. by Erica Kelly

Shepherdstown Chronicle

Warner's clear, strong vocals are delivered with sincere, old-fashioned charm.
Life is crazy for a Renaissance Man.

The lyrics from the title track of local singer-songwriter Steve Warner’s new CD foretell a collage of tunes and moods that range from the silly in “Bubba Goes Fishin’” to the real loss in “Ready or Not.”

The latter was written for Warner’s son Daniel Benjamin Warner who was killed at the age of 24 in a car accident in May 2003. Renaissance Man . . . Warner’s second album is dedicated to Daniel.

Warner delivers seasoned vocals, guitar, harmonica and percussion. Nancy Lynn backs him up on vocals. And Rob Shaw serves up some serious strings by turns on dulcimer, mandolin and guitar. Warner, Lynn and Shaw make up the trio of The Rolling Coyotes. They get help from many friends on Renaissance Man, including Fiddlin’ Joe Shewbridge, who played with Patsy Cline.

Warner’s clear, strong vocals are delivered with sincere, old-fashioned charm and are well-tempered by Lynn’s soft and sweet back up singing. These qualities marry well with the traditional folk album for which Warner wrote all 14 songs.

“Coyote Moon” takes the listener out to the lonely canyons of the desert southwest. The introductory lyrics on the track provide a setting for this number Warner has dubbed The Rolling Coyotes’ official theme song.

“The setting sun paints the western sky as the evening shadows fall. A full moon rises over the ridge where I hear a coyote call. Down in the canyon by the Rio Grande, heavenly stars are out tonight. Nothin’ is sweeter than my senorita when the coyote moon is shinin’ bright.”

One imagines a dusty wrangler camped out in the sage brush, strumming on his guitar by the light of the campfire, or maybe saddled up trotting out toward that painted horizon.

“Buried in Stone” has a mystical feel to it . . . it’s about the Mayans . . . with a Native American percussion cadence and flourishes of the flute.

“I’ve Got Plans” is fun. It includes some zany effects reminiscent of the Golden Age of Radio. Scary minor keys and ghostly intermittent Victrola sound quality make it a standout. It’s a story-song about building a life . . . and a woman.

“You probably have to be a Twilight Zone fan to really appreciate this one,” Warner says in his liner notes.

“Do the Best You Can” inspires with a father’s Little League pep talk to his son.

“Ronald P. Carter” is a page out of the Civil War and Sherman’s March of 90,000 men”who torched everything within their path . . .”

“Get it Back” mourns the passing of the love/peace culture of the late 1960s.

A host of skilled musicians sit in with the Coyotes on this album and help put a unique stamp on every offering.

There’s a whole pickup truck load of variety in Warner’s new work, something for everyone. Renaissance Man appeals to the heart and at the same time provides fun and comic relief on a world whose never-ending demands can harden us.

- Steve Warner is an award-winning songwriter with numerous credits, including covers of his sogns by other artists. His first CD “The Way Things Used to Be” won high praise from reviewers and prominient folk artists. -By Daniel Friend

Kathy Moran

This CD's got a little something for everyone on it -- you'll sing a little, dance a little, laugh a little, and maybe cry a little. Slip off those cowboy boots, settle back, and take a little time out for a good listen.