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    This show was on May 26th, 2015
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  • Steve Kunzman

    This show was on Aug 12th, 2014 | 20 people watched
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    • Aug 13
      It was wonderful to watch a live concert of such a talented performer right in our living room. Steve's songs touch a place inside that is honest and good. And playing in front of his wife, janes art made it even more intimate.
    • Aug 13
      We loved Steve's performance. We felt like we were sitting in his living room enjoying his new material and our favorites from his prior album. Jane Kunzman's painting made a terrific backdrop for an evening of great music. We're already looking forward to the next webcast!
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Steve Kunzman enlists two-time Grammy-winning producer Ben Wisch
for sophomore CD Back Home

Blends folk, blues and bluegrass for soul-deep Americana

Steve Kunzman emerges as an expert in rendering the essence of home as restorative power, as light in the distance and light in the heart, through his multifarious music on sophomore CD, Back Home. With two-time... more

Steve Kunzman enlists two-time Grammy-winning producer Ben Wisch
for sophomore CD Back Home

Blends folk, blues and bluegrass for soul-deep Americana

Steve Kunzman emerges as an expert in rendering the essence of home as restorative power, as light in the distance and light in the heart, through his multifarious music on sophomore CD, Back Home. With two-time Grammy-winning producer Ben Wisch – who has also produced albums for Marc Cohn, Patty Larkin, Peter Wolf ¬– and other accomplished musicians, Steve offers eleven songs of deep, soul-stirring Americana. A current of solace through connection runs throughout, with moods ranging from rollicking to whisper-soft and twang to mist-dripping melodies.

Nine years have passed since Steve’s 2003 debut Find The Moon. Find The Moon came after years spent making music, and several tenures as a student in a songwriting workshop led by Rosanne Cash. (Cash calls Steve’s work “totally original and beautifully honest.”)

Over the ensuing near-decade – a blip of time for a father of four like Steve – music and songwriting remained integral to his life, while he focused on family and his environmental law practice. The opportunity to finally commit the resulting richness to CD, and the wherewithal to follow through, coincided not long after he and his wife sent the last of their children off to college. Ben Wisch gently urged Steve to make the leap, Steve agreed.

Wisch, an acclaimed pianist, called in bassist Zev Katz (Hall & Oates, Kris Kristofferson), drummer Chris Marshak (Steve Winwood) guitarist-banjoist-dobro-ist Kevin Barry (Lucy Kaplansky, Ray LaMontagne) and violinist-vocalist Elana Arian (Dirty Projectors). With Wisch at the helm, this ensemble fleshed out Steve’s acoustic guitar and burnished vocal based tunes, offering groove and atmospherics to the yearning title track, sly rhythmic underpinnings to the darkly comic Tom Waits-esque “Another Fine Day,” and an Afro-Cuban feel to the shadowy “About To Disappear.” While Back Home’s sawdust-on-the-floor treatments of “Lucy Brown” and “Coffee Every Day” honor Steve’s years playing in bars, this album gives equal time to the shelter one seeks not only from honky-tonkin’, but from the inevitable slings and arrows of life. Ballads “To the Edge of the Sea” and “Canadian Winds” glow with love beyond romance, radiating heartfelt strength given and received in the face of challenges. But every man needs a bouquet-of-roses tune, and for that, country-standard-sounding “Sweet Dreams” is valentine perfection. Bookending the tracklist are songs in which a narrator is either heading home – the title track – or longing for home lost – “Man Without a Home”; neither of these guys is Steve Kunzman, but for the grace of music, they could have been. Thanks to a well-worn guitar, songs, and family, he’s the man behind Back Home, a collection shining like a porch light in the darkness.

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