Steve Young (musician)

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Steve Young
Born(1942-07-12)July 12, 1942
Newnan, Georgia, U.S.
DiedMarch 17, 2016(2016-03-17) (aged 73)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Country rock
Outlaw country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Labels A&M

Steve Young (July 12, 1942 – March 17, 2016 [1] ) was an American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist, known for his song "Seven Bridges Road" (on Rock Salt & Nails & Seven Bridges Road ). He was a pioneer of the country rock, Americana, and alternative country sounds, and also a vital force behind the "outlaw movement" that gave support to the careers of Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Jr. and more. Young was also featured in the 1975 Outlaw Country documentary Heartworn Highways . He was the subject of the song "The All Golden" by Van Dyke Parks. Young's first album, Rock Salt & Nails, on A&M, featured Gram Parsons, Gene Clark, and other musicians from the 1969 musical community in Southern California.

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"Seven Bridges Road" is a song written by American musician Steve Young, recorded in 1969 for his Rock Salt & Nails album. It has since been covered by many artists, the best-known version being a five-part harmony arrangement by English musician Iain Matthews recorded by the American rock band Eagles in 1980.



Born in Newnan, Georgia, he grew up in Gadsden, Alabama, and the state of Texas, moving from place to place as his family searched for work. [2] By the time he had completed high school, Young was playing and writing songs that incorporated influences of folk, blues, country and gospel that he absorbed while travelling throughout the South. In the late 60s he worked with Van Dyke Parks and was member of the psychedelic country band Stone Country.

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Young wrote many songs, including "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" (covered by Waylon Jennings) and "Montgomery In the Rain" (covered by Hank Williams, Jr.).

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His best-known composition is "Seven Bridges Road", which became a hit for Eagles when they included a cover of it on their live album in 1980. Earlier covers of the song were done by Joan Baez, Mother Earth & Tracy Nelson, Iain Matthews, Dolly Parton, and Rita Coolidge.

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In 1984, Young charted the single "It's Not Supposed to Be That Way" on RCA Records. It peaked at No. 84 on Hot Country Songs. [3] In 1989, Young did a mini tour in the Northwest with singer/songwriter Tim Otto, performing in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington. In 1991, Otto took the cover shot for Steve Young's Solo/Live CD on Watermelon Records. Townes Van Zandt wrote the liner notes. The 1996 concert recording by Van Dyke Parks entitled Moonlighting: Live at the Ash Grove (released in 1998) was headlined by Young, although he did not appear on the recordings.

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In 1993, Young played a show in Lichtenvoorde, Holland, together with David Olney. This show then was recorded by SCR Productions. Olney's track were released on his Live in Holland album in 1994. Only this year - 2019 - Young's tracks came available. David Olney took care of the liner notes, and performed on a few tracks on harmonica. Both albums are available via CDBaby.

David Charles Olney is an American folk singer-songwriter.

Steve Young had been in declining health since suffering a head injury sustained in a fall in October 2015. He died after a brief stay in a Nashville, Tennessee hospice, on March 17, 2016. He was 73. [4] [5]


YearAlbumLabel US Country
1968Stone Country (with Stone Country) RCA Victor
1969 Rock Salt & Nails A&M
1972 Seven Bridges Road Reprise
1975 Honky Tonk Man Mountain Railroad
1976 Renegade Picker RCA Victor48
1978 No Place to Fall RCA
1981To Satisfy YouMill
1981Seven Bridges Road(1) Rounder
1984Old MemoriesCountry Roads
1986Look Homeward AngelMill
1990Long Time RiderVooDoo
1991Solo/Live Watermelon
1993Switchblades of LoveWatermelon
1994Lonesome, On'ry & Mean 1968-1978 Raven
2000Primal YoungAppleseed
2005Songlines Revisited Volume OneStarry Pyramid
2007 Stories Round the Horseshoe Bend Starry Pyramid
2019Live in Holland 1993Strictly Country Records

| (1) Differs from 1972 release in that one new track was added and all other tracks were remixed. |-

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