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An Interview with Steve Conway
by Karla Ash

Hidden between the mountains of Colorado is a hidden treasure named Steve Conway. The singer/songwriter just had an Album of the Year nab from the influential U.K. site Whisperin & Hollerin, further proof that the American public has a difficult time recognizing greatness, especially its own. Conway is a true Americana artist; his heartfelt roots rock is among the best youíll hear in decades.

Karla Ash: How long have you been in the music industry?

Steve Conway
: Off and on for a long time. One of the best times that I ever had was in the early Ď90s in Nashville. I recorded at Ray Stevens, the Shock House and the Music Mill. The Music Mill was the most fun. I had four really good songs that came out of that but the problem is that I never wanted to tour (itís funny because I want to now).

Ash: You wrote "Same Old Highway" for country artist Sonny Wright. How did that come about and why weren't you recording songs yourself at the time?

Conway: The song came about when my first wife and I were having problems, and I left for about a week with a friend. A lot of driving happened during that week, and the song came to me very easily. It was played in every country in Europe and on Nashville Now. I need to redo that song someday. I still think it is a pretty solid song. That song got me a record contract in Nashville with Billboardís Independent Record Label of the Year. I think I had three singles out during that time frame. They did OK but not great. Again, I turned down the touring thing, which didnít help.

Ash: How do you feel about the current country-music scene?

Conway: Iíll give you a real life experience that reflects how I feel about todayís country. I was referred to the VP of ASCAP in Nashville by a retired record executive (Capitol). I sat in this VPís office at ASCAP and he said, ďSteve, you could be a great songwriter here in Nashville but you need to change your style.Ē He then played a song about this guy that was in prison for 30 years. What do I possibly know about that? And on top of that I am not interested in finding out what motivated this writer. I told him that I was not going to write this kind of stuff. I got up and walked to the elevator, and I left. I spend the next five months playing in songwriting clubs and then I found out that the response for my songs was really, really good. Thatís when I went back to Colorado and started working on this CD with my friends. Best thing Iíd ever done. I did not compromise myself to write songs that I do not believe in. I like songs that get people thinking and hopefully they can connect with. Being different is so much more interesting for both me and the listener. I like every song on my Itís About Time CD.

Ash: You're based in Colorado. Has it been supportive of what you're doing?

Conway: I am about invisible here. I play out but I usually just set in with friends. I will begin playing out beginning in March. I just think that the CD is so good, and I can finally say that I am ready. When I have played out the support has to be terrific. I am always asked why I donít play out more. Well, thatís about to change.

Ash: What continues to drive you to write lyrics?

Conway: Life and observation of daily events and circumstances is the place to find material.  True life is so much more interesting than anything you can make up. I just need to always be paying attention and great ideas always show up. There is always something of interest everyday.

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