Steve Louw and Big Sky

Steve Louw first hit the spotlight with his mid-‘80s band, All Night Radio. The first Big Sky album, ‘Waiting For The Dawn’, introduced Steve’s new, big rock sound and spawned three Top 10 hits.

All Night Radio
In 1996, Big Sky won the FNB Music Award for “Best SA Rock Act” for the album Horizon. This album set a new standard for SA rock albums and sold over 10,000 copies
In 1996, Big Sky won the FNB Music Award for “Best SA Rock Act” for the album Horizon. This album set a new standard for SA rock albums and sold over 10,000 copies.

BIOGRAPHY

In 1996, Big Sky won the FNB Music Award for “Best SA Rock Act” for the album ‘Horizon’. One of SA rock’s most talented and unassuming singer-songwriters, Steve Louw, first hit the spotlight with his mid-‘80s band, All Night Radio. Albums like ‘The Killing Floor’ evoked much interest and laid the foundations for Big Sky, which Steve formed in 1990.

The first Big Sky album, ‘ Waiting For The Dawn’, introduced Steve’s new, big rock sound and spawned three Top 10 hits. Steve is prolific writer of melodic, hooky and emotional songs. For the second Big Sky album, 1995’s ‘Horizon’, Louw flew to Los Angeles to work with the esteemed producer Shelley Yakus (U2Tom Petty) and some of LA’s best session musicians. This album set a new standard for SA rock albums and sold over 10,000 copies as well as grabbing the above-mentioned award.

In 1997, Big Sky released ‘Going Down With Mister Green’ and once again big sales and radio play followed. Louw was honoured with the support slot on Sixto Rodriguez’ triumphant 1998 SA tour. With Willlem Moller (guitar), Russel Taylor (keyboard), Reuben Samuels (drums), Graham Currie (bass) and Tonia Selley (percussion) performing behind him, Big Sky drew nation-wide attention to the solid and stimulating music produced by the band over the decade.

Late in 2002 Steve began to put together a new band for a series of benefit shows at Kirstenbosch. Willem Moller was called back as lead guitarist and Schalk Joubert, ex-member of the Afrikaans rock band Valiant Swart, came in on bass. Peter Cohen, who’d played with 90’s bands like Bright Blue and Mango Groove and who played in Freshly Ground, joined on drums and Simon Orange from Blues Broers came in on piano and organ. It was this band that began to tour South Africa 2003 through 2008, with concerts at many of the national music festivals and live venues.

In January 2012 the documentary ‘Searching For Sugar Man’ was premiered at The Sundance Film Festival by it’s director Malik Bendjelloul, setting off a year-long avalanche of awards culminating in the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. The film depicts the story and music of the man known as Rodriguez, told from the point of view of the South African fans who sought to find out the cold facts regarding the artist that changed their lives, yet remained an enigma. The documentary concludes with a music event that has since made the band ‘Big Sky’ a name recognized around the world.

On the 7th May 2021, Steve Louw released a brand new album of all-original songs, “Headlight Dreams“.

DISCOGRAPHY

Singles

Albums (& DVD)

Various Artists

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