It’s been a topic of conversation for years, but after this week, that talk became reality.
Steve Linde of Custer released his first studio album this week, hosting a listening party at Calamity Jane Winery & Mercantile on Saturday, June 15. The album was produced by Hank Fridell at Fridell Music (hankandmarianne.com), and made possible with help from Mike Irwin, the Custer Ministerial Alliance, the Hill City Arts Council and Calamity Jane Winery & Mercantile, in addition to other supporters.
For a number of years, Linde had talked with Fridell about doing an album, but never followed through. Thanks to a “nudge” from his wife, Melissa, it came to fruition, producing the 12-track album. The album features covers from a number of world renown musicians, from The Doors, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Neil Young and The Grateful Dead — to name a few.
1 – It Ain’t Me Babe
2 – Early Morning Rain
3 – Car Hiss By My Window
4 – Don’t Think Twice
5 – I Still Miss Someone
6 – Take Her Out Of Pity
7 – After the Gold Rush
8 – If I Were A Carpenter
9 – Winter Nights
10 – Ripple
11 – Worth Believing
12 – Four Strong Winds
Carrie on the Arts — courtesy of Jenny’s Floral — was able to get an early copy of the album. It’s easy listening and inviting to those who love to sing along. It’s a great soundtrack for a ride through the Hills, or even just in the background. “It Ain’t Me Babe” is a great opener, automatically pulling you in.
The production of the album is should also be noted. It was clean, crisp and a true representation of the wonderful musician Linde is. And how great is the cover art, done by Cait Irwin? It was created after a few conversations with Linde, crafting something that “truly represents him and his family.”
The new album isn’t the only highlight of Linde’s year. Linde was named the winner of the Hill City Arts Council 2019 Steve Thorpe Music Award, which was awarded at Open Stage, Hill City Arts Council’s winter music showcase. Linde received the award due to his regular participation in Open Stage, support of the program throughout the years and encouragement of other musicians.
When receiving this award, it was noted that “(Linde) makes every song he sings his own, making him a crowd favorite.” No doubt, his new musical venture reflects that, too.
To get your copy, contact Steve at (605) 673-3660.