Steve Hartsoe started writing songs while fronting an alternative rock band based in San Jose, Calif., which released two critically acclaimed albums, charted in France and toured from Portland to Santa Barbara, California.
The band (named London Down then Raging Marys) opened for artists including Chris Isaak, Mudhoney, the Tragically Hip and the Young Fresh Fellows.
After the band’s demise, Hartsoe began playing a self-described “neo-traditional folk-rock” as a solo artist at clubs, cafes and churches around central and northern California, releasing a few demos and a 10-song album, “Joseph Days.”
Along the way he performed at landmark clubs including the Starry Plough in Berkeley and Hotel Utah in San Francisco. Hartsoe also opened for noted artists including Todd Rundgren, The Smithereens and Dan Vickrey, now lead guitarist in Counting Crows.
These days, he’s playing clubs, cafes and live radio shows around North Carolina while working on songs for a full-length album he hopes to release in 2015.
“I think a quote I read from T-Bone Burnett describes my approach to songwriting pretty well, that as a Christian you can sing about the Light or what you see by that Light. These days I’m doing the latter,” Hartsoe says.
Have a listen to “Seven Miles to Wilmington” from his Neo-Traditional CD.
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