Pittsboro, NC – Combining the strains of acoustic folk music with the snarl of electric roots rock, Americana singer-songwriter Steve Hartsoe performs songs from his forthcoming album backed by a three-piece band Friday, May 27, at the Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store in Pittsboro, N.C.
Hartsoe, a former journalist by day, honed his musical teeth fronting an alternative rock band in the San Francisco area while sharing the bill with such notable artists as Chris Isaak, Todd Rundgren, The Smithereens, Mudhoney and Dan Vickrey (now of Counting Crows).
A solo artist since the 1990s, Hartsoe is finishing a full album targeted for summer 2016 release. Along with 10 self-penned tracks, the album features a cover of Tom Petty’s “Trailer.” Backing Hartsoe on the album are Luke Bryan’s guitarist/steel player Dave Ristrim, local musicians Wahba (bass, guitars, keyboards), his son, Eli (drums) and California guitarist Phil Benjamin, a former Hartsoe bandmate.
Hartsoe released his most recent album, the four-song “Neo-Traditional,” online in November 2014, featuring the track, “Seven Miles to Wilmington.”