Headlight Dreams – Steve Louw | Rough Trade

Headlight Dreams is the first international solo release by South African singer-songwriter Steve Louw. Helmed by internationally renowned producer Kevin Shirley (John Hiatt, Joe Bonamassa, The Black Crowes) and recorded in Nashville, Tennessee with top local musicians, the album sees Steve exploring new ground as a songwriter as he addresses issues near to his heart. Headlight Dreams sees Steve return to the studio after a seven-year break with a new set of songs and fresh musical inspiration.

Says Steve, “I’d taken an 8000-km motorcycle journey around Southern Africa and a lot of that space and time seeped into these songs. After weeks of riding I started to see things in slow motion and hyperspeed at once and I became mesmerised by the landscape. “I built the songs around my voice and the acoustic guitar so that the listener would be drawn into a journey through broken open landscapes, seeing images in the peripheral half- light while mesmerised by beams of light . . . time passing, slowing, stopping, speeding, with shadows playing just outside of the picture frame.”

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Joe Bonamassa Guitar Solo on “Wind In Your Hair”

Wind In Your Hair by Steve Louw feat Joe Bonamassa

In January last year, Joe Bonamassa, his band and I went to Abbey Road Studios in London to make an album, that was to become Royal Tea. After we finished tracking the album I went to Nashville to make a record with my long time friend from South Africa, Steve Louw. It was in the middle of this that I realized we’d forgotten to do a guitar solo on the title track of Joe’s album. So I called Joe (he was on tour, in Florida at the time and he said he could stop by the studio in Nashville on his way to Chicago. Which he did, in his big luxury tour bus. He walked into the studio carrying his fender amp and one guitar and we did the solo, that you now hear on his album. As I was in the middle of recording Steve Louw‘s album, Steve asked if Joe’d be interested in playing a solo on one of his tracks. Steve had been very accommodating and just let us use his studio time, and Joe commented “well I suppose there’s no such thing as a free lunch” He then played a blinding one-take guitar solo on this wonderful track of Steve’s called “Wind in your Hair” Enjoy it!

Steve’s new album called Headlight Dreams is out on May 7.
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SOUTH AFRICAN SINGER/SONGWRITER STEVE LOUW – NEW ALBUM “HEADLIGHT DREAMS” OUT IN MAY

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FULL ALBUM, HEADLIGHT DREAMS, DUE OUT IN MAY

The 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.

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 honor 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 Sugarman.

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.”

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

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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.

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