Steve Louw

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"One thing's clear, it's just great to be alive" 
 Steve Louw sings those words on "Don't Wait," a song that arrives not more than a few tunes into Headlight Dreams, the first album the singer/songwriter has released in nearly thirteen years. Such an extended hiatus effectively resets the clock for an artist like Louw, offering an opportunity for the rocker to reintroduce himself not only with his fans in his native South Africa but to listeners around the world. 
 Headlight Dreams may arrive many decades into a long career yet it serves as a perhaps ideal summation of Louw's generous spirit and soulful rock & roll. Produced by Louw's longtime friend and collaborator Kevin Shirley (Joe Bonnamassa, John Hiatt, Robert Cray Band, the Black Crowes), the album is a collection of ten sharp and sturdy songs which blend Americana grit with the anthemic, empathetic big music of the 1980s, an era where Louw cut his teeth. 
 Louw breaks out in rousing fashion on “Wind in Your Hair” with Joe Bonamassa elevating its buoyant and rough-hewn romance with his lovely, lyrical solo. 
 Headlight Dreams resonates deeply, and like all meaningful art, it exists entirely in the present, playing upon the past, shared experiences, and personal insight to create an experience that’s simultaneously personal and universal.~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine