Steve Erwin
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Steve Erwin

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"Review of "Was It Like This""

“Danny Gatton’s chops accentuate Erwin’s first-rate tunes so well, you’d think they’d been playing together all their lives.”

Neil Fagan - Performing Songwriter Magazine
- Performing Songwriter Magazine


Unreleased Tape -1980 Produced by Gregg Karukas with Gregg on keyboards, Michael Manring on bass, Jerry Kunkel on guitar and Shannon Ford on drums. Notable for a slow version of Steve's song, "Born A Tourist" which was rerecorded for the following:
"Was It Like This"-CD released in 1997. Re-released in 2007 with 4 bonus tracks recorded live in Vienna, Austria at the ORF Radio Café. The original recording was with the legendary Danny Gatton who provides all lead guitar on the project. Also featuring two of the best jazz musicians on the East Coast, John Previti on bass and Harold Howland on drums. Almost all tracks have had airplay at one time or another.



I made my professional debut in 1974 at the Helm in Annapolis, and quickly began playing music for a living in Annapolis and D.C. Two years later I moved to Chicago to explore the growing singer-songwriter scene taking place there and played for a five year period before returning to the D.C. area. At that point I began leading the Steve Erwin Band working with top jazz musicians such as John Previti, Harold Howland and the legendary Danny Gatton. I recorded my CD, Was It Like This with these gentlemen in December of “88 and it was released to critical acclaim. During this time I gave three notable concerts. The two Sychronicity concerts in D.C. and the Concert at the Hall of Mirrors at Glen Echo in Maryland. Also at this time I began hosting the open mike at Gallagher’s Pub in 1987 taking over the reins from recording star, Mary Chapin Carpenter. This was the most sucessful open mike in D.C. during the 5 years I ran it with both the Washington Post and Washington Times writing articles about it and my role as host. In May of 2000, I travelled to Vienna, Austria to give a concert at the ORF RadioCafé. In 2001 I took time off from performing to pursue a career in buying and selling rare books but took up performing again with my move to Eastport, Maine in the summer of 2007. Since moving to Maine in 2007 I have been performing at clubs in the New England area, specifically The Rose Garden in Eastport, Maine, Calypso in Ellsworth, Maine, Kennedy’s Midtown in Boston, and Husson College in Bangor.