Steve Hartsoe


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Mixing the honesty of a veteran singer-songwriter with the raw angst of a garage rocker, Steve Hartsoe plays Americana rock in the style of Tom Petty, Son Volt and Jason Isbell. Hartsoe’s latest single, “San Pedro Square,” a punchy roots rocker about his neophyte band days in his hometown of San Jose, California, drops Nov. 15, 2019. The common thread in Hartsoe’s music is a refreshing honesty. Or, as one writer sees it: "It’s been too long since we’ve heard Americana this genuine. Inspired by Tom Petty and Ryan Adams, Steve Hartsoe is full of melodic spirit and gruff guitar lines. ...” (Milk Crater). “San Pedro Square” features Hartsoe, who now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, on vocals and guitars, son Eli Hartsoe on drums and Chris Carbone, the Hartsoes’ bandmate in their alt-rock band London Down, on bass. Kevin McNoldy (Dave Matthews, Mary Chapin Carpenter) mixed and mastered “San Pedro Square” at Cphonic Mastering in Raleigh, North Carolina. McNoldy also mixed and mastered Hartsoe’s most recent indie album, “The Big Fix-Deluxe Edition” (released December 2017). Hartsoe honed his musical skills fronting London Down in the San Francisco area in the 1980s and '90s. The band released two indie albums and repeatedly toured the West Coast, opening for artists including Mudhoney, The Tragically Hip and Chris Isaak. In 2018, London Down reunited in Nashville to record their first new album in 31 years.