Imagine Warren Zevon super imposed on a new millennium Bobby Darrin, talk about revolutionary retro! Steven Fedrick pays homage to 40's swing with his playful "Who Knew" and lusty "Nobody Knew". Yet, the album isn't just a big band fest. Fedrick mixes it up. "Welcome Home" has theauthentict feel of early '70's singer-songwriters. Quiet Night/Jenny Song uses full orchestral arrangements reminiscent of lush Richard Perry-esque pop. And he doesn't stop there. Fedrick takes broad stylistic jumps taking different musical genres and make them his own. Do you like songs intimate and raw? Listen to "Train Wreck". For inspiration, hear his anthemic "Hold On To Love" and imagine. Fedrick embraces spirituality and celebrates the eternal with his eulogy "Forever Heart". Yet, he makes compelling observations on religious fundamentalism with "Billy Sunday" He even goes Nashville. But don't expect to cry in your beer. Fedrick's "Without Expectations" conveys the sad arc of a love affair without a hint of sentimentality.
"Fedrick, not Fred" is a sometimes quirky but always honest and powerful album of amazing beauty.
Everyone is asking about this surprising new mutli-talented indie artist. Songwriter Steven Fedrick (not Fred, ha) lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He's been composing many years but had maintained a low profile until a sudden life changing event prompted him to loose his music into the world.
Who are his influences? "Menken & Ashman are my idols”, states Fedrick. “Ashman’s perspicacious lyrics perfectly realized in Menken’s mellifluous melodies of every genre. How can one not be inspired by songs like "Mean Green Mother from Outer Space", "Kiss the Girl", or "Gaston". Besides creating music, his passions include crappie fishing and the spectacular Blue Ridge Mountains.