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Folk artist Steve Itterly braves “Great Northern Rains” from the “House Songs” EP

Singer- songwriter, folk artist Steve Itterly, on his evocative track Great Northern Rains has all the musical accoutrements that you might come to expect from classic folk. A skiffle shuffle, dynamic acoustic rhythms, harmonica strains and natural upfront vocals… but at the core, deep down inside there is a quality that some cannot attain and that is an overshadowing earnest aesthetic coming out of that piece of wood and Itterly’s soul. Like all good folk songs there are macro themes that are brought home on personal levels and while Great Northern Rains speak of hard times, hopelessness, physical and emotional clouds and vagabond blues, there are also themes of accountability for a country losing it’s moral compass and the cost to our humanity, and how we all might deal with those feelings.

“Today I woke up crying and I will until the day of my dieing, please tell me what to do for to keep on standing true to these great northern rains”

From the “House Songs” EP.

Robb Donker


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“Hook’s In the Water”
Steve Itterly harkens back to the early days of Dylan for this protest song that he first started penning in response to the mass shooting in El Paso last year. The songwriter from Colorado embodies that authentic folk feel in this live studio recording to capture the raw, downtrodden-but-not-yet-broken power that encapsulated the protest music of the 1960s. Itterly asks some important questions and offers listeners points to ponder, especially during an election year, so I suggest you listen and listen hard.

– YabYum Music + Arts


Singer songwriters to steal your heart this weekend

I am already a big fan of Steve Itterly. His voice reminds me a bit of the great country singer John Prine. His folksy songwriting style wins me over right away. The full composition is complete with a rummy tap tap snare part that uses brushes to create texture. Sometimes it reminds me a little of what I like about the Wood Brothers. Itterly has made his way onto my short list of folk artists to look into more. If you dig this tune, leave us a note on social media and maybe we’ll review the full EP.


Steve Itterly – Telluride Blues and Brews 2016 Telluride Blues Challenge winner

Mr. Itterly is the Telluride Blues and Brews 2016 Telluride Blues Challenge winner, and one of the perks of grabbing that honor has landed him on the stage this year. The Telluride Blues Challenge is an annual competition hosted by the Telluride Blues Society and the Colorado Blues Society. The competition showcases talented musicians who excel in the Blues genre and is open to any solo performer(s), acoustic and electric, who are not currently signed to a major record label or publishing deal. With influences and styles ranging from ragtime, western swing, country blues and Jimmy Page’s acoustic fingerpicking style, Steve writes his own material. His songs reflect a myriad of American music traditions, as well as his own personal reflections. Congratulations, Steve!