Steve Carlson:: The Most beautiful Music I Never Heard

Steve Carlson, an amazing find...

For those of you who already know who he is, how could you keep this to yourself? I can't believe all these years of listening to the radio in the car, I had no idea who Steve Carlson was or what he sounded like, or even that he existed, until last week.

I discovered so much in a week with just the click of the mouse, an accidental click at that.

I am a big Leverage fan, but I didn't know Christian Kane was a musician until a little over a week ago. Here's what happened, I saw a 30 second or so clip on YouTube of Christian Kane singing a few bars of "The Dance" which looked like karaoke.

I had run across a movie with Christian Kane in it, which led me to ask what else he'd done, which lead me to the song clip, which lead me to Steve Carlson... They have a band together.

So Here's Steve Carlson:

This one touched me so deeply.

How did I miss this?

I have been working too much to know I wasn't really living, ya know? I have spent the last 20 years working 12 hour days, sometimes even 7 days a week. The last five years have been a roller coaster ride, where I didn't get to watch TV unless it was on demand, so I can see why I would miss out on 20 years worth of actors...

I listen to the radio every day, and not just one station, I listen to different types of music... How did I miss this? 

With that in mind I decided that if I had missed out on Christian Kane and Steve Carlson, then perhaps you have too. More than this, what else have we missed out on? And why?

Of course, you know, this investigative reporter will find those answers, oh yes...

Please have a listen

Maybe The Clue is in The Song

We are all islands aren't we. We stick with our friends but mostly we feel as though we are out here alone. Even in a crowd we are alone. We have our job, our family, our life, and we are so careful not to get close to anyone. It's so easy to stay away from the neighbors, all the doors and blinds are closed.

Time was that when you walked down the street in any given neighborhood there would be people in their yards and driveways, kids playing in the street. There would be cars with the windows down, or the top down, sometimes sitting in the middle of the road talking window to window, with the stereo on. This was before people got totally obnoxious with PA speakers and boosters in their trunks so that the car vibrates down the street rather than actually running on gasoline.

In the old days you'd hear music everywhere you went, and say "Hey, who is that?" without fear, and with pride their fans would tell you.

Before Twitter and Facebook and Myspace, people used to come over to your house with a new CD and say "Wait til you hear this!" They would call you on the phone and ask if you'd heard this new song.

See, in the music business, or any business really, it's all about the advertising.

Promotion is key, and the best kind of promotion is word of mouth. You can have your Facebook page, or Myspace or Twitter, but without people sharing it with others, you have nothing.

People must be afraid of looking spammy or something. If it's great then share it, retweet it! Truly you must know that if you do not promote your favorite bands or singers or TV shows, if you don't tell your friends about your favorite restaurants then they will go out of business...

This is Too Beautiful credit hrw12081 on YouTube for the video

So, here we are

Usually I try to apply everything I do here to help the Hub writer as well. Here's the latest news... If you do nothing to promote others then you will take a very long time in getting promoted yourself.

Christian Kane and Steve Carlson are a team. They promote each other. I only learned about Steve because he backs up Christian Kane. Steve Carlson has his own band and his own songs, and when Christian Kane performs one of Steve's songs he gives the man credit on stage.

One of our up and coming Hubbers here, Edweirdo, proved that by going above and beyond the call of duty to help promote a group during the 60 day challenge started by Sunforged, the whole group benefits. He made his first adsense payout with Hub Pages because of his participation. I messed up and missed out, but that's not what is important. What is important is that you know the secret of your success in any place in life is completely dependent on the success of others.

Hear this: You define your own success, but no matter what your definition of success is, you will never achieve it alone. You must choose to help others achieve their success, you must choose to allow others to help you achieve your success.

Success is never going to be something you can buy on the internet in a package with costs between $1.00 trial and $2500.00 for the complete foolproof system. Success is something you acquire as you help someone else achieve it.

Think about that time you got help with your science project (or refused help out of pride). The proof of success is not when you get there, it's the trip you take to get there and the people along the way.

Please do your part to promote Steve Carlson.

Twitter account: Stevie Carlson follow him and retweet.

Steve Carlson's YouTube channel Smokinglion, ha ha, I always liked lions. Subscribe, and surprise him. It's been neglected for a few months but he seems to have been quite busy traveling and putting on shows.

Like him on Facebook: Steve Carlson Music While you're there you can click on the myspace link on his info page. I can't go on Myspace, don't remember my password etc. LOL

Check out his web site: www.stevecarlson.com

Steve Carlson and partner Darren Sher have also started their own production company to help other artists along the way. This guy is just so busy...

The production company is called The Sound Parlor.

You don't have to tell him I sent you. I just can't believe I missed all this great music for so long. Maybe you could do me a favor, and when you find someone really great, you could write about them or write to me so that I can check them out, and then I can write about them too.

I mean, good music is like salt, Life has no flavor without it. For more songs and videos, you can check out my Steve Carlson playlist on YouTube



Just for Fun. That's him, in the background on Eastwick

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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Wonderful music! Great guitar picking. Thanks so much, Faybe!!!


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Paradise, you are so sweet always showing up as soon as I write, thank you! I just feel like I made this huge discovery, thank you so much for sharing it with me!


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Sandyspider 6 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

Nice flowing music. First time I have heard about him. Thanks.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

He has this incredible voice, doesn't he? Thanks Sandy for stopping by, I really appreciate it!


Blaze 6 years ago

Long time fan of Steve Carlson. The problem with getting him on the radio is that he doesn't fit into a classic genre- Every song is so unique in style, lyrics, and emotion that it's impossible to put him in a box.

Real shame- The man is amazing!


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Tell me, thank you for stopping and reading this. Most of my traffic is usually insiders/writers on Hub Pages. Couldn't dig up much back ground on Steve yet, just the music, which is phenomenal to me... Too beautiful for words, all that's left in me is frustration that there is no air play. It's insane to waste this kind of talent when a cat playing piano or a baby dancing gets millions of views on YouTube. Not that those aren't cute... By the way, any relationship to the song "Blaze"?


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heart4theword 6 years ago from hub

Your right I remember those days too, where you would sit around and listen to some new music, having conversation and some cold soda pop:) He does have a nice sound about him. I like how mellow his music is...and how you can hear his words. Great Share!


Deedee137 6 years ago

Glad you finally found him and his music, thank you for helping to promote him. It would be great if you could help promote him and Rosalee next month as their song 'I Believe' is entered in the Hossey Music award show and we will need votes everyday for a month.

Thanks

Dee http://www.stevecarlsonfans.com


Lissie_a 6 years ago

I had no idea you didn't know about the power of Steve :D

He's an amazing man and incredible musician. I'm glad you happen to stumble onto him and his music


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

A great musician... and a terrific post!!!


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

@heart4theword- I appreciate you coming here to read, I had a hard time choosing which songs to put up. There are so many more, and whatever he does, even when he cover a tune, he makes it his own and it's not the same, as you could almost hear with "Like a Virgin, in the Eastwick clip.

@ Deedee137- I was checking her music out last night, and had planned on it. I feel like I have this new set of things to write about, but there isn't a lot of info out there. I just finally found Steve's Bio on The Sound Parlor at about 1: am I think. Now I have to look up Hossey Music Awards...Lol I will check out the web site as well, thanks!

@Lissie_a - You may be my third or fourth person, total ever, to comment from the "outside hub pages" set. Thank you for reading and commenting. I don't get a lot of traffic, I wish I had more knowledge of his music. Right now I think I could buy all of his albums and just listen...

@ Carolina Muscle- Thank you for your compliment. I always know I can count on you for a boost. If you're up for a really good comedy song, he's got one on YouTube, I'll send you the link.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

Thanks for the heads up. He is wonderful and so is your hub. Thumbs up!


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Breakfastpop, you know how much your opinion matters to me. I can't stop listening to the music. Oh and I see breakfast just keeps getting better and better. There's never any room for comments at your table!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

I had missed him also and I love this voice. Great hub and I think I will buy some of his music as I love easy going music like this. Thanks for introducing him to us.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Pamela, and pass it around when you do. Go back to the old ways and call your friends who might enjoy this too... I was digging through archives for the flavors of Steve Carlson, because Blaze said he doesn't get radio play because of his style, he doesn't fit in a genre... Cat Stevens, Jethro Tull, Jim Croce, they were all different too, which is what made them great.


Kim 6 years ago

I too found Steve through being a fan of Christian's. And honestly, there's never been another singer/songwriter who has touched my heart as much as Steve.

I would love it if he had more exposure. I rec his music to people all the time and it's wonderful to see other people enjoying it as well.

For anyone interested, all of Steve's CDs are available at www.cdbaby.com and every one of them is well worth the money.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thank you Kim, I will add that to the hub after checking it out myself. ;)


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

I never heard of him before. Thanks for the introduction.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Suziecat7, I am glad you like him, and I seriously hope that he will start getting noticed more.


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Trish_M 6 years ago from The English Midlands

Very nice. I hadn't heard of him, either :)


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

I'm glad you liked it. He's got a new single with Rosalee Sher called I Believe. I am hoping to do a hub about Rosalee Sher and many of the other artists he works with as well.


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

This is the first i have heard of him. He certainly can pick that guitar. He has a wonderful voice. Thanks for bringing him to my attention.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals: I am so glad you like him! He is producing others now, such a talent and all he wants to do is promote others who are living the same dream. Too cool for words. Imagine what the world would be like if everyone just started promoting each other all the time...


aimsame 6 years ago

I'm another long time fan. Steve is one of the most talented musicians out there. He's not just a wonderful voice, he also has phenomenal songwriting skills.(Never mind the several instruments he plays as well.) I hope you get to meet him some day. He's a great guy and always tries to take time with his fans. Thanks for spreading the love!


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

My brother is a singer/songwriter and made the decision to stay in the private sector serving as music minister and now Youth Paster of his church. I know talent when I see it, I was raised watching it develop in others. I just can't believe Steve Carlson is such a "secret". Perhaps he prefers it, maybe it gives him the freedom to work with the many artists he works with, to travel the way he does and to appear in TV and Movies. Maybe it gives him an opportunity to interact with his fans better. I just couldn't believe that his most popular video on YouTube still has not topped 70,000, while there are cats with millions of views... Actual pet cats...


Shazza 6 years ago

Been a fan of Steves for about 2 years now. So glad you found your way to him Faybe. His gravelly voice and awesome guitar skills are a match made in heaven. Fantastic article you wrote on him as well. Well done! Great read :)


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Shazza! I hope he gets that award in August for I Believe. I want to do an article on Rosalee too, if anyone knows how to get more info on her. The internet is turning up very little on her, most of which is thin or old.


Postal4333 6 years ago

Great article on a great man! Glad you also checked out "I Believe" (his song with Rosalee). It has single potential! I'm not sure where to look to get the best info on Rosalee (or Steve even) but they are both on twitter: @steviecarlson & @_rosalee_ Also, Steve's mother was the one who turned me to your article - she loved it!! FYI-his video of "Blue Christmas" on tube in great!


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Postal, I did check out Blue Christmas, and another newer one that was really good is The Best I Ever Had, but I wouldn't feel right giving it all away here. People have to follow the links and discover more of Steve Carlson on their own, so they can share that too. And Thank you to Steve's mother, I am so glad you liked this.


Kristin 6 years ago

I've been a fan of his for awhile now. I discovered him through Jensen Ackles. Another singer I found enjoyable is Jason Manns who is also buddies with Steve and Chris. You should check him out too if you haven't already.

http://www.myspace.com/mannsmusic

http://www.jasonmanns.com/

He's also on twitter.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Kristin, I will definitely check Jason out. I know that I should write something about Jensen Ackles as well, but hadn't gotten that far. I keep making new discoveries. I am trying to find more on Jason Southard too.

I was working on a set about Leverage cast members and haven't finished that yet either. Trying to keep in focus and then round everything off. It's like ripples in a stream, I open one and find I'm writing three more by the time I'm finished.


heatherw1981 6 years ago

Loved the article and am honored you used my video of Pinata Novia.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Heatherw1981, I have to thank you! I had the hardest time finding a clear version of Pinata Novia. Excellent clip, and I will make sure to credit you with it in the hub.


MacSTL 6 years ago

Thank you for your great article! I learned of Steve when I was introduced to Christian Kane's music. I am historically not a fan of the country genre so I was lured to Steve's music VERY easily.

It is a fixture on my iPod ..and in my car... and in my heart. He writes with such feeling.

I would like to echo what Aimsame said - try to get to show in person. Steve is so genuine with his fans.

I was delighted to read that you are wanting to do a piece on Jason. I love Jason! He is probably my favorite Kane band member! I can't wait to read it.

I have never been to your site before - but will check back now regularly.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

MacSTL, that is so sweet, I really am excited about the new direction my writing is taking. I am so behind because I had school, but I hope to have all of the designated hubs up by the weekend. Thank you for your support. I think some of it will be wing and a prayer, and then maybe gaps will be filled in later, as I find new stuff out about each band member.


Cheyenee 6 years ago

Hey, what I great article! Thanks, I already am a big fan of Steve, glad that you discovered him, too ;-) Check out his video for fun called "Best I ever had", y'all die laughin after watching this :-D here's the link: http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/6080017af5/the-be...


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Cheyenee, thanks for your comment and the link. I hadn't put that in the hub, but it is funny! I checked out your web site, and what a magnificent work you are doing, translating the Leverage episodes into Czech, and creating sub-titles! Great site, I hope you are being rewarded for your hard work promoting the show!


Julie 6 years ago

Stumbled on this by accident...seems there's a lot of that going on, isn't there? ha! Found Steve hot on finding Chris' talent about six--seven years ago? Time has flown. Chris is finally *fingers crossed* getting the chance to let the world hear him and his amazingly different voice and music...Steve deserves the same. I'm just not sure he wants that, though I can't be sure, he's just a different creature. I've recommended his music and songs for many different occasions, literally from a wedding to a funeral. He (well, the two of them really) make me laugh, cry, dance, reflect, breathe, sigh, dream...I think it's simply amazing you have found his magic and decided to help promote him! Welcome to the Carlson craziness! :O)


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Thanks Julie! I have been writing about Christian Kane as well, and Rosalee. More to come, I assure you! Yes it is crazy, but I will keep at it, the music moves me to, and so I have no choice.


Ute 6 years ago

I came across Steve through Supernatural con videos. Once I heard a few of his songs I started to listen to some albums. First song that grabed my complete attention was Rocking chair. I do love his music for various reasons. First of all you can't label it. There is rock, country blues and sometimes a hint of soul. Then there is of course his voice that is just getting under my skin. And his lyrics. One of my favourite songs at the moment is: Take time to shine from the days behind album. Such a wonderful motivational song. Here is an idea for you faybe bay. Maybe your brother could perfom that song with a youth choir.

I have yet to see Steve live. But since I live in Germany this just may stay a dream.


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Faybe Bay 6 years ago from Florida Author

Hi Ute! His voice does get right under your skin, that's true. It's got such a flavor, almost Jim Croce, Jethro Tull, Cat Stevens, and yet all Steve Carlson. His sense of humor in interviews inspires me as much as his music. I haven't seen him live yet either, but am looking forward to that, hopefully very soon.

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