Steven Clawson -
His Southern Soul is still Restless
by: Melissa Loncaric Miller
the release of 2004’s Southern Soul, Steven Clawson has
written dozens of songs, given countless interviews on
television and radio, performed before thousands in a
variety of venues, sang the "Star Spangled Banner" at
the Busch Series Race in Talladega, and perhaps the most
important success-tracker for an up-and-comer in the music
business – he quit his day job as a waiter.
"Music is my
job now, which is what I've always wanted. I know it's going to
be a lot of hard work, and it'll be tiring, but it'll be better
than waiting tables for a living" he laughs.
Word is traveling
fast, and Clawson’s free time is becoming a thing of the past.
Making his way across the country from a benefit for the
Children’s Miracle Network on Florida’s Gulf Coast this past
June, to the Coast Guard Festival in Grand Haven, Michigan last
August, and everywhere in between, "Our calendar just keeps
filling up, I can't even keep up." he says of his tour
schedule. "But that's what we all want to do – go on the
road with our friends, making music."
Making music is
something this Georgia-raised, Nashville native could teach the
best of them a little something about. Clawson's sophomore
project, Restless, has the warm familiarity that his
loyal fans have come to expect, the diversity that keeps them
guessing, and plenty of his distinctive brand of soul to keep
them coming back.
His new album,
held together by Clawson’s own unique blend of Southern
Soul magic that only he is capable of whipping up, Restless,
promises not to disappoint and includes new takes on fan
favorites "The First Time" and "You Bring Me
What I’m Talking About" has become an instant crowd
pleaser. "That’s probably my favorite original song to
play live; that’s a fun one," he says. Steven tells how
the song came to be, "I was getting a lot of grief from one
of my old drummers. We were hanging out one night and he was
complaining that I write too many slow songs, love songs. He
wanted me to write something that the girls could dance to and
that they could have fun playing. So I was thinking about it for
the next couple of days, and I while was in the shower – I
always sing in the shower – I came up with the line, ‘That's
what I'm talking about.’ So I jumped out, dried off and
grabbed my guitar."
Thus, cut number
four was born. It truly is that effortless for Clawson. Take the
story behind song "Where'd You Go" for example.
"When the movie ‘Ray’ came out – he had just passed
away, everybody was listening to Ray Charles, and I got
listening to some of that slow, jazzy blues. I just made up my
mind, because I love to sing that kind of stuff, so I said, ‘Well,
I'm just going to write me one.’ I sat on the edge of my bed
and came up with it."
line I came up with was 'My bottle's empty, but my glass is full
of tears' and I said, 'Oh. Well, I like that line. I could do
something with that.’ It was one of those songs that just kind
artists, Clawson doesn't make songwriting dates or appointments
and he doesn't set out to co-wrote. "I don't sit down to
write songs, I just play. And in the midst of playing, I might
find something. I have co-written. It just feels so forced and
trite to me though. There are a couple songs on the album that
are co-written with a couple of my buddies in my band. We were
sitting around after practice, and we wrote them that night. But
we didn't sit down to write a song, we just sat down to play
music and sometimes when you do that, the songs will come to
you. If I have to force a song out, it loses its honesty."
his honesty that shines through in his songs that the fans
relate to. It could be that amazing voice or that unbelievable
sound that he's created. It could be all of these things
combined. But one thing’s for certain, Mr. Clawson won’t be
refilling your glass of sweet tea anytime soon if he keeps
cranking out albums like Restless.
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This artist is incredible!! When you here his songs you can almost feel the cool summer breezes from south
Georgia. I'm a Georgia Girl myself and these songs are so on
key. Steven Clawson is the very example of the soul and passion of the quite
southern life. His songs really get inside your heart and stay there-it feels like you know him and the feeling in the song is something your own soul can connect with. This boy has talent and heart, and
I'm so proud to say HE'S FROM THOMASVILLE, GEORGIA!!!!!!