My grandfather was a railroadman and in the 1930s my father rode trains looking for work. To me, trains symbolise our attempts to bend nature to our will – and we’re seeing that trying to do that will never work. Silence will always return to the plains, the wind will blow, tracks will crumble and the earth will breathe again. This song has the wide open plains in it; dry cracked earth and a broken land.
The song builds from a driving acoustic guitar and hypnotic bassline to a haunting guitar solo by Rob McNeeley. The production (by Kevin Shirley) brings out the relentlessness of the song and of what we inflict on our planet.Steve Louw
Excerpts from “S02 E51 Jon Savage’s What’s Your Poison podcast; with Steve Louw”
From the album “Headlight Dreams” available to stream/download at: https://orcd.co/SteveLouwHeadlightDreams
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This documentary was shown on South African Television this week, 20 years ago.
Footage from this documentary features strongly in the Oscar winning film, Searching For Sugar Man.
This film features wonderful concert footage, backstage antics, interviews with Craig Bartholomew Strydom and Stephen “Sugar” Segerman, Rodriguez and his family, the promoters, the fans and the musicians.
All live footage was filmed at the concerts in Pretoria, Durban and the Blues Room in Johannesburg.
The soundtrack for the documentary is based on the Live Fact CD with video collages from the various performances. The concert footage is linked with interviews, backstage antics, rehearsals, etc.
- I Wonder
- Inner City Blues
- Jane S. Piddy
- Sugar Man
- A Most Disgusting Song
- Like Janis
- Establishment Blues
- Climb Up On My Music
- I Wonder by Generation EXT (filmed during the studio recording)
- Forget It
Produced by Incha Productions
Executive producers: Georgina Parkin and Charles Watson
Directed by Tonia Selley
Edited by Cathy Winter
This live performance includes three original Steve Louw songs that have never been released as studio recordings: “Mama”, “Bound And Chained” and “Ten Men”.
Heart & Soul was recorded live at The Little Theatre, Cape Town on 31 October and 1 November 2008. Released on DVD in 2009 by Sony Music Entertainment, catalogue number: DVBSP3211. Recorded by Johan Griessel. Mixed by Neil Snyman. Directed by Glen Thomas and Mark Siebert. Staged by David Kramer.
- Pony Blues
- Strange Room
- Diamond Heart
- Around Again
- The Wind Blows
- Hell’s Gates
- Bound And Chained
- Ten Men
- Black Sun
- Diamonds And Dirt
- Raise Up Your Hand
- Mr. Green
- The Road Ahead
- Bye Bye Johnny
- Fade Away
- Bring The Night On
- One Cut With A Knife
- Waiting For The Dawn
- Take My Heart
- John The Revelator
All songs composed by Steve Louw except “John The Revelator” (Traditional)
- Steve Louw: vocals, acoustic guitar
- Willem Moller: electric and slide guitars
- Tim Rankin: drums, percussion
- Jacques Steyn: double bass, electric bass, mandolin
- Simon Orange: keyboards, tea-chest bass
- Rob Nagel: harmonica
Recorded live in front of a sell-out crowd at Cape Town’s historic Little Theatre. The show captures iconic South African songwriter Steve Louw and his band performing classic material from their other albums as well as previously unreleased songs.
Steve Louw, sanger van die groep Big Sky, is al vir 25 jaar een van die mees gerekende liedjieskrywers in die land. Die groep se langverwagte DVD, Heart & Soul het musiekliefhebbers in hul noppies.Die Burger deur Theunis Engelbrecht