Steve Young

Who is Steve Young? Well, beyond being a kid who spent his teen years in Beaumont, he's a guy who should be in every songwriting Hall of Fame on this planet or any other. Young, who early in his career lived with Van Dyke Parks in Los Angeles, is probably best known as the author of the Eagles' hit "Seven Bridges Road," a song he once deemed "non-commercial" but has been covered by an amazing number of artists: Tracy Nelson, Ian Hunter, Dolly Parton, Joan Baez and Rita Coolidge; Alan Jackson has never recorded it, but it's often on his set list. Young also wrote Waylon Jennings' signature Outlaw theme "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" and, as Hank Williams once remarked, "That one put a lot of biscuits on the table." But Young is more than an accomplished songwriter. A monster guitarist and unique singer, his cut of Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" is the definitive version to some ears. Young's historic RCA albums, Renegade Picker (1976) and No Place to Fall (1978), are prime movers in what would become known as the Outlaw Movement. In short, Americana artists don't come much taller in stature than Steve Young.

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