EP Review: Steve Dorian’s “Living”

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by Dave Carew

“Wow! I REALLY like this record!” my sister said excitedly, as she and I recently cruised in her pickup truck through the Berkshires. “What’s this guy done so far? He’s EASILY as good as anything I hear on country radio—and WAY BETTER than most of it!”

My sister’s spontaneous enthusiasm was for Steve Dorian’s Living, a 6-song EP by the fast-rising new country artist. And although I’m more of a pop/rock than country fan, even these old ears could hear the superiority of Living over virtually anything else heading out of Music Row these days.

The EP’s first track is “Full Moon Feelin’,” a song so catchy, memorable, and radio-ready it could easily have been the single pitched to radio. (The actual track that was, “Edge of 18,” recently has been performed by Dorian on Nashville TV’s More at Midday and elsewhere.) From there, the EP moves compellingly from “Wish I Woulda Let Ya” to “Something So Beautiful” to “Can Always Tell” to the final track, “Running Red Lights,” a culminating tune that richly demonstrates Dorian’s outstanding ability to riff off and magically spin a conventional phrase, creating something uniquely engaging and heartfelt in his wake.

If you visit Steve Dorian’s website (which I urge you to do—the link is below), you get the immediate impression that this is an artist about to break through in a big way. When you listen to Living, you see—or, rather, hear—exactly why that breakthrough should be imminent. In a time when country radio is increasingly unsatisfying and adrift, there’s an artist with the goods to turn that around and open up new vistas for a time-honored brand of American music. That artist’s name is Steve Dorian.

For more about Steve Dorian, please visit:

http://www.stevedorian.com/
 

David M. (Dave) Carew is the acclaimed author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit Amazon.com and/or the page on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EverythingMeansNothingtoMe?ref=ts&fref=ts

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew

 

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