"Carl Sandburg said he heard America Singing when he listened to The Weavers. If he were still around, he'd be saying that about Steven Bacon. Steven's songs are rooted in the American folk tradition, but they speak with a compelling contemporary voice--so carefully crafted they are, so gently urgent and insistent with their freshly painted images of wounded America, of loneliness, love, hope and desire. When you hear Steven sing and play, you have to pay attention. And with each listening, it only gets better." --John Perrault, New Hampshire Poet Laureate and Author
Steven Bacon is an Alaska based nationally touring singer / songwriter.
You can hear shadows of Doc Watson's cross picking and Mississippi John Hurt's drop thumb fingerpicking in Steven's guitar playing.
His thoughtful lyrics are poetic and concise, a blend of archetypal imagery and original metaphor.
Steven played just about every music venue in his beloved home state of Alaska before he set out into the lower 48 states (early 2004) to tour nationally and live in his favorite music cities to play with and learn from the local songwriters and musicians.
In Portland, Maine, Steven was a board member of the Maine Songwriters Association and had the opportunity to play with and learn from incredible players from all over the state.
Moving to Boston, Steven honed his craft at revered songwriter venues such as Club Passim, and worked his way to winning local songwriting and performing contests. However, Steven truly found his writing voice as a “busker” (street performer) making his living performing original songs on underground subway platforms and city streets.
While busking near Boston University, Steven was heard by Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova (Oscar winning songwriters and stars of the movie “ONCE”) and was invited (from the stage) by Glen to perform a song during the middle of his show that night at the Agannis arena. Steven brought the house down with his song “Charlie wants to run” receiving a standing ovation and a front page feature story in the Boston Globe.
Living in Knoxville and playing the regular old timey jams and hootenannies, Steven studied the old timey songwriting tradition accompanied by the Appalachian crosspicking style of guitar flatpicking.
Living in Austin afforded Steven many opportunities to write and perform with songwriters from all walks of the craft, win a Texas radio songwriting contest with a song about Oklahoma, be a regional finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival songwriting contest, and work with the House of Songs where he co-wrote a number of songs with Scandinavian songwriters visiting Austin as part of a music cultural exchange program.
Living in Nashville, Steven had the chance to do a recording session at Michael Mcdonald’s (Doobie Bros, Steely Dan) studio. From that session came a wonderful recording of Steven’s song “180” featuring Lilly Hiatt (John Hiatt’s daughter) on harmony vocals with support from members of Dylan Mcdonald's band the Avains on keys, bass, guitar, and drums.
Steven Bacon has performed shows with Kevin Bacon’s band the Bacon Brothers and recently returned from a 3 month tour of the lower 48 states with his songwriter super group 3 piece “The Swamp Brothers”.
Steven has performed at most of the Folk Alliance conventions (New York, Austin, St. Louis, Memphis), is a regular at the 18 day long songwriter festival in Kerrville, Texas, and has learned song & stage craft firsthand from folks like Keith Sykes, Peter Case, Ellis Paul, Peter Mulvey, John Gorka, and Jack Hardy. Steven has had the privilege to share this knowledge, teaching songwriting to children, teens, and adults.
After all this time and travelling, Steven has moved back home to his beloved Alaska where he plays regularly, runs a songwriters group (Alaskan Songwriters Anonymous), records his music and bases his touring career. Steven’s intent is to connect in a meaningful way with others through his music.