"Like grass to an ailing pet or pickles to the pregnant, Lonesome Steve satisfies that occasional but vital mental health need for country music in my diet. His songs are intelligent, rich and doleful, but not without the nimble squeakiness to twist just the right balloon animal to cheer me up when it all seems too much."
Eric Ridenour / The Toddlers
"It's funny, it's warm, it's cool. It's the way country oughta be!"
John Gibson / WIKY
"Trouble On The Tracks" is a kick in the pants! It reminds me of my childhood and the "family rooms" of some of the Kentucky taverns my folks took me to on Saturday nights! There were always a few "cousins" with their "git-fiddles" -the music was rich with emotion and humor (and the delicious aroma of fried green tomatoes and onion rings served in red plastic baskets perfumed the night.) Lonesome Steve served up a trip down memory lane!! Bet there's still a few places called the Dewdrop Inn around - hope he wanders across one in his rambles!"
Miss Gypsy Shoes
Blue Ridge Mountains / Virginia
From Smålands Country Club (Stångågatan, Sweden)
Artist: Lonesome Steve
Titel: Trouble On The Tracks
Bolag: Shave & A Haircut rec.
Av: Marcus Thell
Lonesome Steve är också en okänd artist för mig. Skivan ger inte mer information om honom, men han har skrivit alla de 12 låtarna på skivan. Bara okända musiker, men de gör ett bra jobb. Hans stil varierar rejält från country till ibland nästan blues-country. Men hans texter är ganska finurliga, vilket jag gillar. De låtar jag gillar bäst är; ”Desert Of Sin”, ”The Boy With Gum In His Hair”, ”Shot Myself In Self Defence”, ”Sideshow Betty” och ”One Armed & Blind”.
En mycket speciell CD som bara måste höras, jag skulle nog rekommendera att ni lyssnar på skivan innan ni köper den. Jag gillar Steves speciella stil. Skivan finns på Steves hemsida www.myspace.com/lonesomeville
Lonesome Steve is another unknown singer for me. The CD doesn´t give much information about him, but it tells you that he has written all the 12 songs himselg. Only unknown musicians, but they do a great job. His style is mixed with everything from country to almost blues-country. But his lyrics are very good, sometimes real fun, which I really like. The best songs are; "Desert Of Sin", "The Boy WIth Gum In His Hair", "Shot Myself In Self Defence", "Sideshow Betty" and "One Armed & Blind". A very special CD that you just have to hear, I would recommend that you listen to it before you buy it. I like Steve´s special music. The CD can be bought at Steve´s website www.myspace.com/lonesomeville
From The Columbus Republic (Columbus, IN)
“Trouble on the Tracks” by Lonesome Steve (Shave & A Haircut Records S&H0206002).
Lonesome Steve Fowler’s second CD reflects a maturation of the songwriting process and nudges the singer from Evansville, Ind., a notch or two closer to the “roots” classification.
Fowler’s new CD is a potpourri which mixes country overtones with a rock and roll base and showcases original compositions including a trio, “Custom Made Lady (In an Off the Rack World),” “Last Ditch Attempt” and “$8 Haircut in a $10 Shop” which rank among the best of his recorded works.
Abandoning the Volunteer Corn band featured on Fowler’s first CD “Rusty Tailpipe,” Lonesome Steve instead is backed by The Melancholy Miners. The instrumental backing the Miners provide is professional and precise. Mike Rodenberg’s mandolin work stands out, as do guitar performances by LaMar Choate. And John Gibson adds solid vocals on “Custom Made Lady.” Choate and bassist Greg Smitha are holdovers from the Volunteer Corn band.
Fowler, a veteran of the southern Indiana rock and folk scene, sings with a wry wit in songs like “I Shot Myself in Self Defense,” a Bob & Tom candidate, and recalls the odd world of the Handsome Family in compositions like “The Boy with Gum in His Hair.” That influence, as well as overtones of everyone from Tom Waits to Wayne Hancock, can be heard on Lonesome Steve’s new effort.
But the strength of this CD lies in the songwriting, 13 original compositions in which Lonesome Steve refuses to take himself too seriously. Some are based on incongruity, the basis of most effective humor, including the tale of a guy who cut off his arm rather than put up with his “sad” looking tattoo. Good-time country rock takes over “$8 Haircut” for all of us who have experienced “eight bucks of scalpin’,” while “Fowler’s Dream” is a classical-inspired guitar instrumental and “Desert of Sin” takes on a gospel feel.
The highlight is “Custom Made Lady,” a story-song mixing real-life imagery with emotional symbolism. It’s the pithy tale a quest to visit Bob Wills’ grave and how real life interferes with what ought to be – Fowler’s best song yet.
In short, “Trouble on the Tracks” is a work by an emerging artist who deserves a wider audience.
For more information on the album see www.myspace.com/lonesomeville
-- Bob Gustin
(Bob Gustin is a newspaperman and record collector who lives in Brown County, Indiana.)
An Intimate, Intense Press Release by Tommy Womack (recording artist, writer, Nashville resident)
Lonesome Steve is the music you hear when at long last there's no more whining, no more indecision and nothing left to do but to crawl into one last long warm bath with a serrated steak knife and a mix tape of Wayne Hancock and John Coltrane. Because it's all over. Because you're an 8-dollar haircut in a 10-dollar shop and she was a custom-made woman in an off-the-rack world.
Because you're in Kentucky every damn day, you go to bed with whiskey and tears, you wake up with hope and it's still Kentucky, no place of myth and high tenor, but a forgotten land of two-lane roads and stern faces peering from split-levels in sinkholes, long after the High Lonesome sound hit the acid rain and ran back down into a Velvet Underground where grass is never really blue and mosquitoes collect in the wet fetid spots beneath window air units. And it's over. It's over like John Lennon's dream. Like bituminous coal.
"Trouble on the Tracks" is a mix of acoustic guitars, plaintive lonesome moans, fiddle and harmonies like lost lover's dreams. It's dogged only by its own recording. (Acoustic guitar pickups suck.) I look forward to the record I see them making in the future, into one microphone like Bill Monroe, like it was in a day when we respected our leaders and didn't have so many questions.
Lonesome Steve's not for newbies nor poseurs. This is ugly, to-the-bone shit. If you think Johnny Dowd's a hoot and Lambchop's too polite, then Lonesome Steve is for you. Think if Nick Cave and Dale Evans had a devil child. Lonesome Steve. Dress sexy for his funeral. Because not only does he make a damn fine cup of coffee, he can mail it too.