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Posted By: Little Hawk
16-May-01 - 02:17 PM
Thread Name: Thoughts on Gordon Lightfoot
Subject: RE: Thoughts on Gordon Lightfoot
Yes, "I Used To Be A Country Singer" was written by another Orillia kid, Steve McEowen, who is a fine performer and songwriter in the same general mold as Lightfoot. Steve is one half of the local duo "Even Steven", consisting of himself on guitar and vocals and Steve Ayres on bass and back-up vocals.

Even Steven has performed all over southern and central Ontario for many years, and done one or two albums, and hosted a cable TV show out of Barrie, Ontario, on which I got to play a couple of times back in the mid-90's.

Steve McEowen has an excellent voice, rather like Gord's but with a slightly higher and less reverby sound, and is a great guitar player. You know these guys are good cos they make an actual living playing acoustic music! Yikes!

It was a nice break for Steve when Lightfoot recorded that song.

- LH

p.s. A lot of Lightfoot fans don't like Dylan, but both Dylan and Lightfoot are big fans of each other! How about that, eh? Lightfoot considers Dylan to be the finer songwriter. Dylan once said that when he hears a Gordon Lightfoot song he wants it "to go on forever". High praise. I gather from the reactions to Edmund Fitzgerald, some of you might say that that particular song almost does.... :-) I like it, cos I like the storyline.