Steve Young (musician)

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Steve Young
Born (1942-07-12)July 12, 1942
Newnan, Georgia, U.S.
Died March 17, 2016(2016-03-17) (aged 73)
Nashville, Tennessee, U.S.
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Guitar
Labels A&M

Steve Young (July 12, 1942 – March 17, 2016[1]) was an American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist, known for his song "Seven Bridges Road" (on Rock Salt & Nails & Seven Bridges Road). He was a pioneer of the country rock, Americana, and alternative country sounds, and also a vital force behind the "outlaw movement" that gave support to the careers of Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, Jr. and more. Young was also featured in the 1975 Outlaw Country documentary Heartworn Highways. He was the subject of the song "The All Golden" by Van Dyke Parks. Young's first album, Rock Salt & Nails, on A&M, was performed on and supported by Gram Parsons, Gene Clark and other musicians from the 1969 musical community in Southern California.


Born in Newnan, Georgia, he grew up in Gadsden, Alabama, and the state of Texas, moving from place to place as his family searched for work.[2] By the time he had completed high school, Young was playing and writing songs that incorporated influences of folk, blues, country and gospel that he absorbed while travelling throughout the South. In the late 60s he worked with Van Dyke Parks and was member of the psychedelic country band Stone Country.

Young wrote many songs, including "Lonesome, On'ry and Mean" (covered by Waylon Jennings) and "Montgomery In the Rain" (covered by Hank Williams, Jr.).

His best-known composition is "Seven Bridges Road", which became a hit for Eagles when they included a cover of it on their live album in 1980. Earlier covers of the song were done by Joan Baez, Tracy Nelson & Mother Earth, Iain Matthews, and Rita Coolidge.

In 1984, Young charted the single "It's Not Supposed to Be That Way" on RCA Records. It peaked at No. 84 on Hot Country Songs.[3] In 1989, Young did a mini tour in the Northwest with singer/songwriter Tim Otto, performing in Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington. In 1991, Otto took the cover shot for Steve Young's Solo/Live CD on Watermelon Records. Townes Van Zandt wrote the liner notes. The 1996 concert recording by Van Dyke Parks entitled Moonlighting: Live at the Ash Grove (released in 1998) was headlined by Young, although he did not appear on the recordings.

Steve Young had been in declining health since suffering a head injury sustained in a fall in October 2015. He died after a brief stay in a Nashville, Tennessee hospice, on March 17, 2016. He was 73.[4][5]


Year Album US Country
1968 Stone Country (with Stone Country)
1969 Rock Salt & Nails
1972 Seven Bridges Road
1975 Honky Tonk Man
1976 Renegade Picker 48
1978 No Place to Fall
1981 To Satisfy You
1984 Old Memories
1986 Look Homeward Angel
1990 Long Time Rider
1991 Solo/Live
1993 Switchblades of Love
2000 Primal Young
2005 Songlines Revisited Volume One
2007 Stories Round the Horseshoe Bend


  1. ^ Betts, Stephen L. (18 March 2016). "'Seven Bridges Road' Singer Steve Young Dead at 73". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 30 August 2016. 
  2. ^ "Interview with singer, songwriter and musician: Steve Young | The Adventures of Trevor McShane". Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 485. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  4. ^ Thanki, Juli (March 20, 2016). "'Seven Bridges Road' Songwriter Steve Young Dead at 73". The Tennessean. Retrieved October 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ Sweeting, Adam (March 27, 2016). "Steve Young obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved October 19, 2016. 

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