BELOVED SOUTH AFRICAN SINGER / SONGWRITER STEVE LOUW RELEASES NEW VIDEO / SINGLE, “CRAZY RIVER”

Steve Louw

April 6 2021, Capetown, SA: Today, much-revered South African singer/songwriter/guitarist, Steve Louw releases, “Crazy River,” the first track from his forthcoming album, Headlight Dreams to be released in May via BFD/The Orchard. 

Steve Louw - Headlight Dreams

The song itself is an upbeat, transcendent ode to the beauty of a river, its timelessness against the impermanent world it runs through, and the aspects of ourselves that long to be just like it. Louw, with a rich lifetime of music making under the belt, gets it and embraces the moment. The video puts him occasionally front and center, singing and playing with millennial enthusiasm, yet with the confidence that experience brings, his image juxtaposed with footage and stills of lives lived large against a backdrop of mountains, valleys and rapids. So lush is it all that one could just jump at the screen before getting a hold of themselves. 

Says Louw of the song, “I once took a long canoe trip down the Colorado River, through the Grand Canyon and out again. It was a very spacy spiritual place and it felt like I was on a journey to the middle of the earth. I wrote this after the trip. On one level the song is about the river trip and the journey deep inside the raw power and beating heart of nature, but it also reflects on time, our time on Earth, how we experience it, and how the bonds of deep personal relationships with our fellow travellers nurture our souls. I played the acoustic guitar using a few African-style riffs and the band picked up on that feel. Guitarist Rob McNelley contributed beautiful slide guitar.” 

From the moment he jumped into the South African music scene in the eighties, he was swimming with the best of em. At that time, he fronted All Night Radio, a group that would release two hit records, The Heart’s the Best Part (1984) and The Killing Floor (1986) and establish Louw as a force to be reckoned with on the SA music scene. But in 1990, Steve achieved legendary status after forming Big Sky, who won the honour of Best South African Rock Act in 1996 and were subsequently accepted into the SA Rock Hall of Fame. In 1998, they supported Rodriguez on tour and were incidentally featured in the film, Searching For Sugar Man.

In 2003, Steve collaborated with Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Anastacia and Brian May (Queen) on a song called “Amandla” that was performed for the Madiba’s 46664 concert in Cape Town by Beyonce and Bono.

He also played and recorded with the aforementioned Rodriguez, Blondie Chaplin and Kevin Shirley, who produced Headlight Dreams. The new album also features a guest spot from heroic guitarist Joe Bonamassa on “Wind In Your Hair.”

Stream/download “Crazy River” here: https://orcd.co/SteveLouwCrazyRiver 

Pre-save/pre-add/pre-order Headlight Dreams here: https://orcd.co/SteveLouwHeadlightDreams 

For more information, please visit: https://stevelouw.com/

Twitter @stevelouwmusic 

And for any media inquiries, please contact: 

Martin Myers / Jason Curtis 

083 448 4475 / 082 555 5993

Steve Louw

Steve Louw and Willem Moller at Alma Cafe, 16 August 2013

Friday 16 August 2013 at Alma Cafe, Alma rd, Rosebank @7.15pm.

Contact Alma Cafe for a booking. 021 685 7377

Tables have to be pre-booked.

The show includes dinner, Willem and Steve will be doing two sets playing acoustic and electric.

Steve Louw and Willem Moller at Alma Cafe
Steve Louw and Willem Moller at Alma Cafe

Steve Louw and Willem Moller at Alma Cafe, 10 May 2013

Friday 10/5/2013 at Alma Cafe, Alma rd, Rosebank @7.15pm.

Contact Alma Cafe for a booking. 021 685 7377

Tables have to be pre-booked.

The show includes dinner, Willem and Steve will be doing two sets playing acoustic and electric.

Steve Louw and Willem Moller at Alma Cafe
Steve Louw and Willem Moller at Alma Cafe

Listen to Best Of The Decade

Compilation album released on the Epic label on the 4th October 1999. Catalogue number CDEPC 8120 R. Compilation produced by Kevin Shirley and Steve Louw.

Best Of The Decade
Big Sky – Best Of The Decade

Tracks:

  1. Destiny [3.20] 1999 recording
  2. Mr Green [4.17] from Going Down With Mr Green
  3. Run To Me [4.47] from Horizon
  4. Waiting For The Dawn [5.20] from Waiting For The Dawn
  5. One Cut With A Knife [4.24] from Horizon
  6. Diamonds And Dirt [3.45] from Waiting For The Dawn
  7. Skin Deep [4.00] 1999 recording
  8. Hold Me [3.53] from Going Down With Mr Green
  9. Wasted [4.00] from Going Down With Mr Green
  10. Kathleen [2.57] from Horizon
  11. Forever Love [3.30] from Waiting For The Dawn
  12. Strange Room [3.32] from Horizon
  13. Slow Dancing [6.03] from Waiting For The Dawn
  14. Blue Eyes [2.48] from Horizon

All songs written by Steve Louw except ‘Slow Dancing’ and ‘Skin Deep’ written by Steve Louw and Kevin Shirley.

Steve Louw and Willem Moller at Alma Cafe, 17 March 2013

Sunday 17/3/2013 at Alma Cafe, Alma rd, Rosebank @6.45pm.

Contact Alma Cafe for a booking. 021 685 7377

Tables have to be pre-booked.

The show includes dinner, Willem and Steve will be doing two sets playing acoustic and electric.

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Steve Louw and Willem Moller
Steve Louw and Willem Moller | photo courtesy of Martin Myers

Big Sky at Kirstenbosch

Late in 2002 Steve Louw (left) began to put together a new band for a series of benefit shows at Kirstenbosch. Willem Moller (pictured right) 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 currently plays in Freshly Ground, joined on drums and Simon Orange from The 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.

Steve Louw and Big Sky – Take My Heart / John The Revelator (live 2008)

Recorded live at The Little Theatre, Cape Town in 2008,  Big Sky presents Heart & Soul features hit tracks from previous albums as well as unreleased material. Heart & Soul features an acoustic set with slide guitar, harmonica, tea chest bass, percussion, double bass and mandolin, then the band unleashes a full-tilt rocking electric electric set culminating in a blues jam of ferocious power.

Encore from the “Big Sky presents Heart & Soul” DVD. Recorded live at The Little Theatre, Cape Town in 2008.

Musicians

  • Steve Louw: vocals, acoustic guitar
  • Willem Moller: electric guitar
  • Tim Rankin: drums
  • Jacques Steyn: bass
  • Simon Orange: keyboards
  • Rob Nagel: harmonica

Steve Louw Is Back In Town

“The music within Trancas Canyon … is fuel enough to generate yet another chapter born in Africa”

Jason Curtis

Steve Louw is back in town

From IOL

Steve Louw, the man behind the rock ‘n roll that was All Night Radio and is the voice, inspiration and writer behind Big Sky, is back.

On the eve of the recording of the live DVD being hosted at Die Boer in Durbanville on Thursday and Friday, Louw is bubbling on the back of his band Big Sky’s latest 10-track album, Trancas Canyon, and the upcoming Cape Town history-in-the-making shows.

“We recorded Trancas Canyon in three days and we’re going to be recording a DVD in two – we clearly work well under pressure,” he said.

With a catalogue that stretches three decades and counting, long-time producer, Kevin “The Caveman” Shirley as a friend makes for some great music, if his catalogue and especially, the new album is any indicator.

“When your mate (Shirley) is remixing Led Zeppelin one week and is Iron Maiden’s right-hand man the next, getting him behind the desk to produce the next Big Sky album can only bring with it good things,” Louw enthuses.

Steve Louw is a South African singer-songwriter and rock musician.
Steve Louw is a South African singer-songwriter and rock musician.

“I had written a lot of stuff since the last album Beyond The Blue (recorded in 2002),” Louw adds, “and having rehearsed much of what you hear on Trancas Canyon before I headed for the Californian desert where Kevin is based, I was more than ready to commit these songs to tape.

“The album has an almost swampy feel,” he continues. “To use a word that’s completely abused, but non the less true, all of the songs play out very organically.

“We recorded at Kevin’s house, which is 50 miles (80km) outside of Los Angeles. I was playing in the lounge and Kevin was sitting in his booth starring back at me, which was the equivalent of jamming with a bunch of mates on a Sunday afternoon.

“All of the songs we recorded play out so incredibly naturally, with almost a live spontaneity, which is sorely lacking in so much of the music you hear today.”

Having worked with Kevin for as many years as he’s been noted for recording some of rock music’s biggest hits, including those performed by Aerosmith or The Springbok Nude Girls, Shirley is without doubt one of the world’s most gifted 47 year-old ex-pats making great music sound timeless, exactly what he does each time that he and Big Sky make time to record.

“He (Kevin) is never going to grow up,” Louw laughs. “He’s exactly the same as he’s always been. His eldest son is 20 and his youngest 18 months, from a wife 25 years his junior. The man defies the rules on every level.”

Steve admits that he writes and performs without assistance beyond his great band of players, which include Willem Moller on guitar, Simon Orange on keyboards, Schalk Joubert on bass and Tim Rankin on drums, all of whom will be performing alongside Steve at the upcoming Durbanvillle DVD recordings, but producing he leaves to the Shirleys of the world.

“Kevin’s real ability lies in his knack to be able to embrace the best of what I do artistically, and couple that with his technical ability,” Louw says.

“What you land up with on Trancas Canyon are songs with so much texture you can almost touch it, it’s so rich.”

So what can fans of the man and his catalogue expect on the night? “Rob Nagel from my All Night Radio days will be there, and it’s rumoured Tim Parr may just also make an appearance, but you never know with him,” he jokes.

Add excellent acoustics and a great sit-down venue in which to engage with classic tracks the weight of Waiting For The Dawn, Mr Green, One Cut With A Knife, as well as at least seven tracks from Trancas Canyon, evenly spread over the two-night Big Sky residency, and patrons will get to experience and be a part of performances and recording of some of the best songs in South African rock history.

Writing and recording is what gives Louw’s life meaning and relevance.

With seven albums neatly tucked under his belt, the music within Trancas Canyon and it’s complimentary artwork created by celebrated artist and author Pippa Skotnes, is fuel enough to generate yet another chapter born in Africa, realised in a canyon in Malibu, and soon to be captured live for posterity.

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