““…a cocktail of catchy tunes, frequently playful lyrics and twangy guitar.””
— Net Rhythms, U.K.
“Wading through the many fine licks here one eventually finds his lyrics which are certainly a notch above what one expected. [Austin comes] across like a Telecaster wielding Randy Newman.””
Blabber ‘N Smoke, Glasgow, Scotland
“[Austin] comes at The Bakersfield Sound from left field. Influenced equally by Owens and Haggard, The Blasters, and The Beat Farmers, he writes blue collar Americana poetry with a recurring theme of "’you can't go home again’””
3rd Coast Music
““Stephen David Austin has an eye that is hardwired to his pen.””
The Alternate Root
““So left of center, it's a must for subversive alt.country fans that like seeing the envelope pushed so far it tears.””
The Midwest Record
““…when the tunes are this good, complexities are no longer necessary.””
— Baby Sue, Chatanooga, TN
““…an immensely talented creator and performer of a fresh helping of roots Americana…by a newcomer who could be on the national radar soon."”
“There has been some use of the word “poet” in conjunction with Stephen David Austin, and I’m not sure that’s fair. Those who want REAL poetry may feel let down and those who hate poetry will be missing out. If it’s poetry, it’s Hank Williams poetry. It’s plain-spoken rural poetry, which I think is a harder stunt to perform and more fun to listen to.””
““Stephen- I like your stuff. Hope you can make a living doing this. Lots of fun, and beats working!””
— Letter from Tom T. Hall
““…here is a songwriting master craftsman in action. Brilliant stuff””
— Country Music People
"Hey Steve, sorry I have been remiss on thanking you for the CD.
I just got around to listening to it last night... and it is awesome.
Usually it takes two or three listens to fully appreciate new CDs but this was clearly a winner after one play.
Whatever it cost you, it was money well spent.
Now if somebody big decides to record a song or two, it will really be well spent.
But it's money well spent regardless.
I like the fact you didn't cut corners and stick it in an amateurish package --
The packaging is as first rate as the players.
Well done! When's the next one?"
— Robert Price- Bakersfield Californian