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Steve Madewell / Press

"He has two CDs and often wrties about natural resources."

"This is a strong line up the thing that seems to really set tehm apart is their vocal harmonies"

“A little hiking music, please, Mr. Madewell: My Cleveland”

"Arrow Creek" from singer/songwriter Steve Madewell (http://www.madewellmusic.com) finds strength in its quietness; this is an album of soothing, spare unplugged arrangements but with words that carry substantial weight. It's not an introspective, depressing effort like other recent examples in this genre. Rather, Madewell is a throwback to the glory days of James Taylor and Gordon Lightfoot, folk lyricists who had a knack for punchy, page-turning narratives. With its slow, dreamy guitars, "Who Will Weep for Me" sucks you right into its historical scope; the addition of a female vocalist, Caroline Quine, gives it added warmth. This is an outstanding acoustic folk album, packed with emotion and soul.

“Arrow Creek is Steve Madewell's sophomore effort and it's a picturesque portfolio of songcraft in the vein of Livingston Taylor and Richard Shindell. The disc's 14 songs spin a range of personal tales and introspection to longing for a simpler, bygone era. His generational perception is both palpable and heartfelt; the view from his proverbial hill about the things we've lost as a society makes a statement. And if you're not moved by tracks like "Wound Too Tight," well, then maybe you are. Acoustic guitar-driven and lyrically-based, Madewell croons about family farms, scaling back as a society of consumers (the stunning "Is This What We Have Become") and the importance of being earnest... the actual act, not Oscar Wilde's book. While acoustic-minded, not all the arrangements on Arrow Creek are sparse or plaintive; vocalist Caroline Quine offers lush vocals to two-part harmonies that soar and lilt on the set-closer "Driven," making the tune particularly memorable.”

“Was there an album released last year which had the handmade intimacy of Steve Madewell's Arrow Creek? You can probably only count the number of such records on one hand. As far as acoustic folk and Adult Contemporary releases went, Madewell was in a space all his own.”

“What an odd coincidence to receive singer/songwriter Steve Madewell's Arrow Creek shortly after hearing the news about Dan Fogelberg's death. While I'm not exactly sure how much influence Fogelberg had on Madewell, they certainly share the same spirit. Madewell's music is story-driven unplugged soft rock, but unlike many artists today his guitar playing actually evokes specific moods and colors the images of his lyrics. In other words, this isn't some bland strumming; I am moved as much by Madewell's flair with the strings as I am by his lyrics. Madewell has written some fairly powerful tunes on here. Is This What We Have Become is either a personal confession of regret or the sad transition of the baby-boomer generation from idealists to capitalists. Musically and lyrically, there is much to savor on Arrow Creek.”

““His lyrics often reflect his passion for conservation…. His songs also are inspired by love, world events, Ohio history… The audience, many bearing fragrant and sloppy foil-wrapped delicacies, perched on elevated benches and swung their legs lazily to the music flowing from Steve Madewell’s acoustic guitar.””

“Music this quiet and peaceful doesn't usually make you think. Singer/songwriter Steve Madewell is definitely rooted in the late 60s-early 70s generation of folk-pop crossover musicians such as Bob Dylan, James Taylor, and Don McLean.... Madewell loves atmosphere; the songs here breathe real air, capturing the mood and the settings of each track. There is meticulous songcraft at work. The title cut is a lushly strummed portrait of scenic gorgeousness; through Madewell's delicate playing we can see through his eyes, the images that inspire every sublime chord. Wrapped Inside Your Love and Climb are moving soundtracks for daydreaming; the guitar playing is as sweet. Arrow Creek is what road trips are made for. I recently drove from Arizona to Oregon, and the songs here really caught the postcard pictures of spare deserts and high mountains.”

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