Back to full calendar Event Info EventsVenue InfoMenusExplore the Crystal Blocks Sunday, March 10, 2019 Steve PoltzKatelyn Shook 7pm Free 21 and over Share this event Add to Calendar Free Steve Poltz prolific songwriter DISCLAIMER 1: The "official" Wikipedia for Steve Poltz describes the material contained therein as "contentious," not to mention "unsourced or poorly sourced." We can wholeheartedly assure you Steve remains sourced and rarely contends. Either way, allow us to present the real story from the horse's (man's) mouth... DISCLAIMER 2: (No animals were harmed in the making of this bio.) Throughout over three decades in music, Steve Poltz did it all and more-often shared by way of his rockin' countrified folk slices of sardonic Americana (hatched in Halifax). Of course, he co-wrote Jewel's multiplatinum Hot 100-topping megahit "You Were Meant For Me," but he also went on a whale watch with her and a few federales that turned into a drug bust. The two still share the story at every festival they play together. He made his bones as the frontman for underground legends The Rugburns, who burned rubber crisscrossing the continent on marathon tours and still pop up once in a while for the rare and quickly sold out reunion gig. In 20 years since his full-length solo debut, One Left Shoe, he blessed the world's ears with twelve solo records, spanning the acclaimed 2010 Dreamhouse and most recently Folk Singer in 2015. NPR summed it up best, "Critics and fans alike now regard Poltz as a talented and prolific songwriter." By 2016, he survived a stroke, endured anything the music industry could throw at him, and still performed like "280 days a year." However, he still never lived in Nashville, which represents a turning point in the story and the genesis of his 2018 Red House Records debut, Shine On... "My girlfriend Sharon sold the condo we were living in, and I was ready to live in a van, which seemed like a good idea for one night-then I decided I wanted a kitchen and a closet," he admits. "Sharon wanted to move to Nashville, because she thought it would be good for me. It caused a huge fight. I'd been in San Diego since 1980, and that's where I cut my musical teeth. I thought I'd never leave. In fact, at the height of our fight, I said, 'I'm not leaving San Diego. I am San Diego!' This makes me laugh now. As soon as I got to Nashville, I immediately knew I wanted to make a record in 'Music City'." So, the man who once protested "I am San Diego" made Shine On in his new home of Nashville with one of its elder statesman behind the board, Will Kimbrough [Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell]. Holing up in the studio at Kimbrough's house, nothing would be off limits. Together, they unlocked the kind of creative chemistry you only hear about in band bios-but for real. "I respect Will so much, and I'd always wanted to work with him," says Steve. "Like two mad scientists, we just took our time and had fun. We didn't overthink things. Everything felt organic. We ate soul food and drank lots of really good coffee. We tried out weird sounds, and the songs always started with voice and guitar-no click track, just how I'd play them. I road tested many of them, and they were ripe for the picking when recording time came around." Evoking themes of "hope, love, contemplation, celebration of Wednesday, pharmacists, and the fact that windows are not inanimate objects and they sometimes have conversations with each other," the record represents Steve at his most inspired and insightful. The opener and title track "Shine On" pairs a delicate vocal with lithely plucked acoustic strings as he urges, "Shine on, shine on." "The song was a gift," he recalls. "I woke up really early in Encinitas, California at Sharon's sister's house. The sun was just coming up. I was all alone in perfect solitude. My guitar was there. The sky was gorgeous. I wrote it as a poem. Everyone always told me, 'Never start a record with a really slow song.' So, seeing that I have O.D.D. (Oppositional Defiance Disorder), I started my record with one. I love the mood it sets. It's almost like my mission statement, trying to find some semblance of positivity and light in a sometimes ruthless world." On "Pharmacist," rustling guitar and harmonica propel a tale of "this dude having a crush on his pharmacist." It also serves as an extension of his friendship with neighbor Scot Sax-with whom he shares the podcast "One Hit Neighbors" (since they've both had one hit song). Meanwhile, he joined forces with Molly Tuttle on "4th of July," which, of course, came to life on the 3rd of July. "Ballin On Wednesday" drew its title and chorus from a diner checkout girl (with a super cool gold tooth) who Steve paid with a $100 bill and she replied, "Oooh, ballin' on a Wednsday." The finale "All Things Shine" skips along on sparse instrumentation as Steve sends a message. "'All Things Shine' came about after one of the many mass shootings on this planet," he sighs. "I was feeling overwhelmed. So, I wanted to put my feelings into words and melody. I was thinking that even if we're feeling hopeless that there is still beauty. All things shine in their own way." Who could contend that? In the end, for everything you can call him "searcher, smartass, movie freak, lover of technology, news junkie, baseball fan to nth degree, lapsed catholic who still believes in god even though all his friends are atheists and think he's an idiot, and maker of fun," you might just call Steve that little light in the dark we all need in this day and age. Or Nashville's Canadian Jiminy Cricket... "I hope Shine On makes listeners smile and feel welcome, and they want to share it with their friends," he leaves off. "Music means energy to me. All things. It connects us, makes us move, helps us relax, and inspires us to change things up." (Photo credit: Laura Partain)Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/stevepoltz/Youtube:https://www.youtube.com/user/polioboy23Instagram:https://www.instagram.com/stevepoltz/Spotify:https://spoti.fi/2qh4mX5Twitter:https://twitter.com/stevepoltzWebsite:https://poltz.com/Soundcloud:https://soundcloud.com/steve-poltz Upcoming Events Similar Events Upcoming Events at Al's Den WORTH Saturday, February 23 Al's Den Comedy Night at Al's Den hosted by Brandon Lyons Saturday, February 23 Al's Den The Sound of Blue Note Sunday, February 24 Al's Den The Sound of Blue Note Monday, February 25 Al's Den The Sound of Blue Note Tuesday, February 26 Al's Den The Sound of Blue Note Wednesday, February 27 Al's Den The Sound of Blue Note Thursday, February 28 Al's Den The Sound of Blue Note Friday, March 1 Al's Den Similar Events at Al's Den WORTH Saturday, February 23 Al's Den Comedy Night at Al's Den hosted by Brandon Lyons Saturday, February 23 Al's Den The Sound of Blue Note Sunday, February 24 Al's Den The Sound of Blue Note Monday, February 25 Al's Den The Sound of Blue Note Tuesday, February 26 Al's Den The Sound of Blue Note Wednesday, February 27 Al's Den The Sound of Blue Note Thursday, February 28 Al's Den The Sound of Blue Note Friday, March 1 Al's Den Burger MonthThis week's feature: Drive-by Trucker Burger Saturday, February 23 February 18-24 All ages welcome at All Locations WORTHWil Kinky Saturday, February 23 7 p.m. 21 and over at Al's Den Comedy Night at Al's Den hosted by Brandon Lyons Saturday, February 23 10:30 p.m. 21 and over at Al's Den PDX Jazz Fest 2019 prresents The Sound of Blue NoteCary Miga and The New Nightlife Honoring Paul Chambers Sunday, February 24 7 p.m. 21 and over at Al's Den The Sound of Blue NoteQuinn Walker Quartet Wayne Shorter Tribute Monday, February 25 7 p.m. 21 and over at Al's Den The Sound of Blue Note"No Room For Squares" Tuesday, February 26 7 p.m. 21 and over at Al's Den The Sound of Blue NoteThe Trombones of Blue Note, directed by Ben Medler Wednesday, February 27 7 p.m. 21 and over at Al's Den The Sound of Blue NoteNicole McCabe representing Lou Donaldson Thursday, February 28 7 p.m. 21 and over at Al's Den The Sound of Blue NoteJohn Savage's "Lie Very Still" presents a tribute to Eric Dolphy's "Out To Lunch" Friday, March 1 7 p.m. 21 and over at Al's Den The Sound of Blue NoteRoger Waters Quartet, "Rollin' with Leo" - a tribute to Leo Parker Saturday, March 2 7 p.m. 21 and over at Al's Den Austin Quattlebaum Sunday, March 3 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den Austin Quattlebaum Monday, March 4 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den Austin Quattlebaum Tuesday, March 5 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den Austin Quattlebaum Wednesday, March 6 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den Austin Quattlebaum Thursday, March 7 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den Austin Quattlebaum Friday, March 8 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den Austin Quattlebaum Saturday, March 9 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den Steve PoltzKatelyn Shook Sunday, March 10 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den Steve PoltzCyber Camel Monday, March 11 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den Steve PoltzLaurie Shook Tuesday, March 12 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den Steve PoltzKellen Asebroek Wednesday, March 13 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den Steve PoltzTaylor Kingman Thursday, March 14 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den Steve PoltzWarren Pash Friday, March 15 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den Steve PoltzLewi Longmire Saturday, March 16 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den St. Patrick's Day Sunday, March 17 All day All ages welcome21+ to sample at All Locations Galen Clark Sunday, March 17 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den Galen Clark Monday, March 18 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den Galen Clark Tuesday, March 19 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den Galen Clark Wednesday, March 20 7pm 21 and over at Al's Den Happy 33rd Birthday, Ruby! 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