Steve Hartsoe

Steve Hartsoe is a Raleigh, N.C.-based Americana singer-songwriter who honed his musical teeth fronting an alternative rock band in the San Francisco area while sharing the bill with such notable artists as Chris Isaak, Todd Rundgren, Mudhoney and Dan Vickrey (now of Counting Crows).

A solo artist since the 1990s, the former journalist blends the rootsy strains of Americana with keen lyrical observations ranging from the daily of life to the eternal.

On his latest effort, "Neo-Traditional," a four-song digital EP released independently in November 2014, Hartsoe is backed by Nashville ace Dave Ristrim (Luke Bryan, Big & Rich, Jewel), an old friend from their native San Jose, California; versatile musician Wahba (who played bass, produced, engineered and mastered the EP at his home studio in Cary, North Carolina); and Hartsoe's son, Eli, on drums. [+]