|(1942 - 2016)
On April 10, 2016 I posted this pic on my instagram. I was on top of the world that after years of crate digging in Georgia and North Carolina I had finally found an LP by my favorite (read: ONLY) country singer. And upon searching his #SteveYoung topic on the gram I was immediately brought back down from cloud 9 after learning he had passed on March 17, barely a month before.
I was legit sad and taken aback. I wasn't a country fan but I was definitely a Steve Young fan. Being big on finding the origin of a work, I made it my personal mission to seek out his music ever since I heard the Eagles name drop him the first time I heard Seven Bridges Road on satellite radio while working at Kroger in 2006. Starting with his Rock Salt and Nails LP, I went on to hunt down more of his music via mp3. And like any good music that can get you high, Steve Young also helped me in a low. Grieving my father's death, his lyric from Holler In The Swamp turned the following family reunion from somber to joyful:
Did you think I began to hear that laughter and still be cold inside my soul?
And that's what made April 10 such a great day - I had finally placed hands on a physical copy of his music.
Today, July 12, 2016 would have been his 74th birthday. So Rest In Peace, Steve Young. Rest well, southward as you go.
Disclaimer: Steve is an employee of Turner Broadcasting, a division of Time Warner, however the views expressed in this post are of my own.