There are certain artists - not many, but a few - that, when you hear their music for the first time, you don't simply seek out the rest of their discography. It sounds so good that you feel compelled to find the records that influenced the artist as well. You have to understand the building blocks of that sound, those cobblestones that paved the path by which that music made its way to you.
Steve Gunn is one of those artists. Whether playing solo, or with the Gunn-Truscinski Duo, the Black Twig Pickers, or a host of other collaborators, his prodigious guitar work and timeless songs are certain to make an impact. Then you learn a little about his influences, and the rabbit hole opens like a vortex.
Although not from North Carolina, Gunn has released a decent chunk of his recorded output on NC-based labels Three Lobed Recordings and Paradise of Bachelors. He's since moved on to Matador, but his ties to the Old North State are strong.
Steve Gunn will be making the trip to Charlotte for a show at Recover Brands on Monday, March 26th. In advance of the show, Cream Puff Records called Steve at his Brooklyn home to discuss a laundry list of topics. A native of the Philadelphia area, he’s a longtime, long-suffering Eagles fan. Their victory in Super Bowl LII came as a complete shock in the best possible way. So we spent a lot time talking football. When the conversation turned to music, Steve shared his love of Sun Ra, Bardo Pond and Michael Chapman, discussed why Asian and African music is so essential to him, and made the double confession that he’s both a jazz nerd and a Spotify-user.