Steve Carlson

Steve Carlson

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"Steve Carlson is a seasoned musician who has lived life and written parables that are almost visual. His own dynamic, combined with that of his collaborators, creates a presentation that brings stories to life." - Music Connection -

Biography

Steve Carlson's "Groovin On The Inside" With Third CD; "I'll Remember You" Single Being Serviced For Radio Airplay

Southern California rocker Steve Carlson is releasing his third solo album, "Groovin On The Inside," which is already a top Internet contender. The first single, "I'll Remember You" hits radio later this month.

With a legion of fans across the country as a result of heavy touring, a strong Internet presence has helped solidify Carlson's fan-base. The songs are heartfelt and bursting with freewheeling energy that make club concerts into sing-a-long events.

Carlson has cooked up a recipe that'll satisfy the appetites of those passionate fans with his new album "Groovin On The Inside." His voice is like sandpaper dipped in Tupelo honey and he wields it like a master chef, adding a spoonful of blues, a dash of jazz, a cup full of folk-rock and a big helping of blue-eyed soul. And food is more than just a metaphor for Steve. He can cook like a superstar too, having been trained as a chef.

In the last year alone Carlson has spent ten months on the road. He juggles his time between his RCA-signed band, Kane, where he is primary songwriter and guitarist, and his Steve Carlson Band, playing live concerts at home and on the road. All this activity has shot his new album "Groovin On The Inside" to the top of the charts on CD Baby—an awesome accomplishment on a website loaded with musical talent. Carlson's songs have garnered over 140,000 spins on the fan-driven MySpace.com, and if you include his Kane-penned tracks, the collective total tops 545,000 spins.

The achingly beautiful single, "I'll Remember You," is about a love that never ends. The lyrics recall Carlson building a table for his then girlfriend-building furniture is another of his creative releases. The video has become a favorite at YouTube.com, with hot, steamy romantic scenes set against a backdrop of flowering mustard plants in the foothills to the gorgeous Topa Topa Mountains of Ojai, California. The clip caught the eye of The Beatles' Ringo Starr, who acclaimed, "This guy f**king blew my mind."

A soulful toe-tapping anthem "If It Ain't Easy" kicks off the album with its driving beat and catchy melody. In the running for a follow-up single is "Now That My Love Is Gone," co-written with J- Lo's first husband Cris Judd. As with most of Carlson's songs it starts with a slower tempo and builds to a full-on triumphant conclusion. This song ends with a chorus of background singers helping the character in the song move on to a better place. Another great track from the album is a killer rendition of The Zombies 60's classic "She's Not There."

Says Steve: "Whether it's a melancholy ballad or an upbeat jam, the music is about getting through the tough times and embracing the good times."

Several of Steve's songs have been placed in film and television projects with the track "Now That My Love Is Gone," from the new album, being used in the motion pictures "Just Married," "Life Or Something Like It," "Memore" and the upcoming "Be My Baby." From Carlson's earlier album's "Kinda Crazy These Days" has appeared in ABC's "Men In Trees" while "Night Time" found placement on The WB's "Supernatural" this past year.

The reflective "Groovin On The Inside" presents observations of relationships with movie-like visuals and dramatic conclusions with strong harmonies, solid musicianship and seductive twists. Each song has a different perspective on life from this Renaissance man.

Lyrics

Wonder Of My World

Written By: Steve Carlson, additional lyrics Michael Roe

everything you know
let it go
go on and throw it out the window
and stop making sense
can’t you see that reason has no relevance

cause you keep running for cover
to the arms of a lover who doesn’t even know you
come run with me and i’ll show you
that i won’t ever change cause

i’m the man who can and will
swim your seas and climb your hills
and i’ll be here on a bending knee
to take you any place that you wanna be
cause you're so much more
than just a wonderful girl
you’re the wonder of my world

everybody knows
cause it shows
when you bite your lip and smile at me
the hug goodbye that last too long
the second glance that just felt wrong
cause you and i we’re here tonight
and it’s clear that we both want to make things right

but you keep running for cover
to the arms of a lover who doesn’t even know you
come run with me and i’ll show you
that i won’t ever change cause

i’m the man who can and will
swim your seas and climb your hills
and i’ll be here on a bending knee
to take you any place that you wanna be
cause your so much more
than just a wonderful girl
you’re the wonder of my world

I'll Remember You

Written By: Steve Carlson

i made you a table
one that’s safe and one that looks strong
to keep your candles and your books on
it might just make me able
to share with you what i got
all that’s real and all that’s not
cause there’s a song in me that sings
the things i told myself to forget and to make it through
but i’ll remember you
i’ll remember you

i’ll take my fingertips on a trip of your body
with nothin’ other than my lips to guide me
we’ll lay around and we’ll play all afternoon
oh and one more entry for your journal baby
you met a boy and you’re making him crazy too
and after all those things i told myself to forget and to make it through
i’ll remember you
yeah i’ll remember you

there aint no other reason why
you’re always on my mind
in memories that ended long ago
and no matter how i tried to avoid the last goodbye
you still said goodbye

but i know that
one day girl you’re gonna turn around and look for me
and find the shadow standing next to you
is not the one you want it to be
but by then i’ll be long gone so when you call out
i’ll probably think back to a time telling me
they’re was a reason for you leaving
in the place yeah…
and there’s not much to say….
cause after all these things i told myself to forget and to make it through
i’ll remember you
yeah i’ll remember you

If It Ain't Easy

Written By: Steve Carlson, Timothy Jimenez

right back where we started out
start me up one time, two times, three
till it finally falls
so we can do it all now

fight back, don’t back down
it comes around one time, two times, three
till it’s finally gone
so we can get along now…
and just take it easy

cause if it ain't easy
it ain't worth takin’
if you got a good thang
it best be shakin’
if you got a play date
i’ll make it worth breakin’
so we can go all night long…

maybe you should lay me tonight
maybe do some wrong instead of right
or maybe we should steal away the way young lovers do
maybe just me and you

to tell the truth i got a booth at a club
around the corner called the hotel love
and you’re on my list
so don’t you do me like this
cause you know and i know
that you wanna go
and the thought of making everything about us grow
is just something i’m lovin’
tell me you’re comin'
cause nothin' but trouble is nothin' i miss
take it easy

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You Belong With Me

Written By: Steve Carlson

i got some broken news that you left him
but i know that it’s not true cause
once you leave then you leave for good
and you and i know you never would
cause there’s a thing going on
the kind of thing that’s strong
its weird and its wrong
and whats going on is that
you, you belong with me
you, you belong with me
i have been drowning in blues since you met me
so many times i know i was too blind to see
but now i stare at your hair and nothing compares
to the weight of the air in the room when you’re there
cause you, you belong with me
you, you belong with me
oh and i went from the floor up
now i’m all torn up you see
i’m all over the place
can’t seen to face all of these
all these lines on the floor
once there were four now there’s three
oh and i’m tryin to tell you
there’s a terrible spell over me
cause you, you belong with me
you, you belong with me

The One I Want

Written By: Steve Carlson

why can’t i get you off my mind
i’m like a circus tiger in a circle of fire
now that you’re gone
i’m thinking maybe i was wrong
for ever stepping in

cause on a cold dark day, you’re the one i want
when there’s warm and sunny days, you’re the one i want
in every imaginary way, you’re the one i want

now you’re a ghost in my mind
yeah, the upstairs is haunted
and all that i wanted
was to get out alive
but the sheets always win
in the shape that i’m in

cause on a cold dark day, you’re the one i want
when there’s warm and sunny days, you’re the one i want
in every imaginary way, you’re the one i want

i gotta take myself back to where i was when i met you
and when you want back i will try not to let you

cause on a cold dark day, you’re the one i want
when there's warm and sunny days, you’re the one i want
in every imaginary way, you’re the one i want

I Don't Want To Know

Written By: Steve Carlson/Cris Judd

i don’t understand where we stand
there’s a funny feeling that i get when i'm with you
you and i we’ve gone so far together
feels like we’re one step away from being through

and i know you better than you might think
and i think you might have done something wrong

but i’ll believe these words that you say
i can’t help to feel this way
if you thought to let me go
well i don’t want to know
if i did something wrong
and you thought that you’d belong
in the arms of another then, no
i don’t want to know
if i’ve taken you for granted
it’s not the way i planned it
i still want you even though
i don’t want to know

i saw something wrong
where did it begin
when i was asking you
it looked like you felt like giving in
so i changed the conversation
avoiding confrontation
cause i could see that we
were headed somewhere we
could not come back from

and these things you want to say to me
i know that they’ll eventually tear us apart

so i’ll believe these words that you say
i can’t help to feel this way
if you thought to let me go
well i don’t want to know
if i did something wrong
and you thought that you’d belong
in the arms of another then, no
well i don’t want to know
if i’ve taken you for granted
it’s not the way i planned it
i still want you even though
i don’t want to know

this dangerous mind keeps wondering
about a stranger even a friend
and they won’t go
no they won’t leave
these thoughts like enemies in my head
maybe a day will come
when i won’t want to know
if you’re runnin’ around on me
but till then i’ll just pretend time i’m
the one to blame for the last time

just know that i’ll believe
in all the words that you say
i can’t help to feel this way
if you thought to let me go
well i don’t want to know
if i did something wrong
and you thought that you’d belong
in the arms of another then, no
well i don’t want to know
if i’ve taken you for granted
it’s not the way i planned it
i still want you even though
i don’t want to know

Discography

SPOT IN THE CORNER:

Under You
Chloe Bowed Her Head
Pinata Novia
Come Around More Alabama
Radio in My Head
Kinda Crazy These Days
I've Learned to Love
Ballad of Denim Boy and Grey Girl
Sounds So Good
Spot in the Corner
Without You

ROLLIN' ON:

Rollin' On
Dynamite
Strange Way
Hummingbird Billy
One Thing
Rocking Chair
Stop
Nonstop Lady
Fade Away
Wasted Jaime
Hotel Love

GROOVIN' ON THE INSIDE:

If It Ain't Easy
Pinata Novia
She's Not There
Now That My Love Is Gone
Wonder Of My World
Wasted Jaime
You Belong With Me
I Don't Want To Know
Hole In Me
The One I Want
I'll Remember You
Don't Move On
She Loves

Set List

If It Ain't Easy
Dynamite
She's Not There
Wasted Jamie
Fade Away
Bring it On Home
I'll Remember You
Hummingbird Billy
Under You
Chloe Bowed Her Head
Pinata Novia
Come Around More Alabama
Radio in My Head
Spot in the Corner