Sign up for newsletter
 

Singer/songwriter Steve Young dies

Friday, March 18, 2016 – Steve Young, who wrote "Seven Bridges Road" and ""Lonesome, On'ry and Mean," died today at 73.

Young also enjoyed a career as a recording artist in his own right.

Young's son, Jubal, posted on Facebook, on Thursday "My father, Steve Young, passed peacefully tonight in Nashville. While it is a sad occasion, he was also the last person who could be content to be trapped in a broken mind and body. He was far too independent and adventurous. I celebrate his freedom, as well, and I am grateful for the time we had. A true original."

No cause of death was given.

Young was born July 12, 1942 in Newman, Ga. and grew up in Gadsden, Ala, Georgia and Texas. He wrote songs while still in high school and worked with Van Dyke Parks in the late 1960s.

Waylon Jennings covered "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" with "Seven Bridges Road" a hit for the Eagles. Alan Jackson often sang the song in the concert. Joan Baez, Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth and Rita Coolidge also covered the song. Hank Williams Jr. recorded Young's "Montgomery in the Rain."

Young released his first disc, "Rock Salt & Nails" in 1969. In 1984, Young made the charts with the single "It's Not Supposed to Be That Way." He released his last album, 'Stories Round the Horseshoe Bend," in 2007.

He also was featured in the '70s documentary "Heartworn Highways," which chronicled the Outlaw Country movement.

Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Lane, Ramsey, Barrett cover their bases – Covers played a far more prominent role than usual at a country show. And instead of what is typically the least course of resistance in recent years of country artists succumbing to their renditions of a rock hit, Chris Lane, Mason Ramsey and Gabby Barrett played songs that actually were country hits. Interestingly, the youngest of the bunch, Ramsey,... »»»
Concert Review: Mumford and Sons up to snuff, for the most part – Mumford and Sons have always played it smart when it has come to career moves. They have not overtoured by becoming regular fixtures on the touring circuit. Their M.O. is to tour just enough upon an album release and then disappear for a stretch. Ditto for releasing new music ("Delta" just came out last month, Mumford's first release... »»»
Follow Country Standard Time  Subscribe to Country News Digest  Follow Country Standard Time on twitter  Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook 

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

Taylor uncovers the past, offering new perspectives Suffice it to say that the past has always loomed large throughout Chip Taylor's career. That's all the more obvious if only for the fact that Taylor wrote some of the biggest pop hits of the '60s, "Wild Thing"... »»»
Tyminski goes dark Dan Tyminski (known simply as "Tyminski" on his 2017 release "Southern Gothic") has traditional music roots and unassailable bluegrass street cred especially given his membership in Alison Krauss' Union Station. He is also a powerful songwriter and has been writing songs for himself and others for years now.... »»»