August 2, 2007



It's nice to be back. The camping was fabulous. I had a tan. Tan peeled. Swam everyday and encouraged people to write songs. There were some amazing people on the trip to Yosemite and we are already planning next year's event. It's getting so popular that we are going to do 2! One in Costa Rica and one in Yosemite.

My friend Eric Rudiak went on the trip for his second time and ended up encouraging me to write a song based on the point of view of the guy who gets shot in Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison Blues song. You know- the song with the line: "I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die." You might like to visit his website at

I am really looking forward to August 8th at The Belly Up Tavern here in Solana Beach Califoria. A couple of The Truckee Brothers are playing with me and Cindy Lee Berryhill is on the bill as well. Umm- she rocks.

Thanks for all the cool emails from people who tuned in to the XM Radio channel 50 The Loft session. I hope to see some of you on the road this next month.

The painting above was created by Grady Roper. He's one of my favorite artists and resides in San Marcos texas. I heart him dearly and he's a wonderful addition to the planet.

Here is my song. Click where it says listen here to check it oot eh?

Listen Here!!

*************** TRASH***************
It was an evening in Reno like any other
I was putting on my makeup
and talking on the phone to my mother
saying I was going off to work
Feeling like a liar and a jerk
I hung up that phone
With a heart like a stone
Oh the secrets we donít tell
Put us in a hell
I was cooking up some eggs
And tucking my thing between my legs
Feeling like a big con
While I was pulling up my nylons
I stood in the mirror
And practiced my walk
I turned the radio on
And talked my talk
But little did I know
Tonight I would die
It takes a little bit oí grease
To make me look pretty
And if I practice a bit
I sound sweet and witty
in my dress and my high heels
I Grabbed my purse shut the door
I might be for sale but I ainít no whore
And tonight like a cartoon
Iím off to the bar

He was standiní in the corner
All dressed in black
And when he stared in my eyes
My heart went slack
And he looked into me
he could read my soul
And he took me outside
for a moonlight stroll
Oh the things we do
Looking for love
well he said he was a singer
from Nashville town
and his voice was rich and deep and brown
when he pressed against me
he felt so strong
but his kiss was soft
as a country song
and we made love in the dark
in the back of the park
when he finished his business
he zipped his pants
and then he started to scream
and yell and rant
he said I was a freak
and it was wrong
and that he was gonna kill me
and put me in a song
he said if people ask Iíll say
I shot a man just to watch him die
He said my name is Johnny
Johnny cash
And Iím drawn to the devil
And a magnet for trash
Iím gonna shoot you
To protect my lie
And as he pulled that trigger
I started to cry
And I fell in his arms
Just like trash
When the ambulance came
He was gone like lightning
I was trembling in the back
It was so damn frightening
I couldnít gather my breath
And It started to rain
But you canít stop death
When it pulls like a train
And I was out
Like a light
Or a song

My mother held a funeral
And no one came
I donít hold any anger
Or any blame
I know that I ainít trash
Iím a beautiful soul
And Jesus still loves me
With a heart of gold
Yeah my
Jesus says I got
A heart of gold
It was an evening in Reno
Like any other
I was putting on my makeup
And talking on the phone to
My mother

see ya soon,

Posted by steve at August 2, 2007 11:13 AM


All this time and I had no idea. You're beautiful.

Posted by: Dana at August 2, 2007 12:32 PM

There's something wrong with your brain. I'm not sure, though... wrong may be right. Cause that song's pretty good.

Posted by: Frag at August 2, 2007 1:18 PM

is this a true story?

I likes it.

Posted by: sean at August 2, 2007 1:42 PM

WOW! what a beautiful, complex mind. here's to flexing those creative muscles in the woods. :)

the story is painfully graphic and simultaneously refreshing...i haven't heard the song yet (no speakers...wahhh)

you conjured clear images with each and every line...AND i love the moral of the story.

thanks steven

at the risk of sounding....well, gooey, i want to say that if our paths do not again cross, know that this outlet for your babies is exceptional...and mildly therapeutic.


Posted by: ~db cooper at August 2, 2007 2:40 PM

One of your best, Steve! Throw it onto your next cd.

Posted by: Jayne-O at August 2, 2007 6:44 PM

Definitely NOT trash. Once again, thanks for sharing your creative endeavors.

Posted by: lkay at August 3, 2007 12:43 AM

As usual, rock!
I think you really should do a duet with Stevie Wonder though. Looks like he's touring and kicking it off in San Diego.
I heart him....and I'm sure you do, too.>1=7702
Wish I could try out that restaurant of yours!

Posted by: mindyhertzon at August 3, 2007 2:20 PM

First you use the Brooke in sewing machine and now Slack in this one. Are you trying to send a message?

Posted by: brooke at August 5, 2007 10:01 PM

Steveo!!! I just finally got to a computer with speakers. (I was watching grandma for the week...) Man this song is powerful stuff. It still has not changed my mind, I will own all your socks!!!! bites and kisses..

Posted by: handkusp at August 9, 2007 9:59 PM

Hey Steve!!!!

That is one Mother of a song....grouse mouse!

And also very brill heheh...hey did you get your t-shirt?

Much heart to you...Katie, counting the sleeps now!

Posted by: Katie from Oz at August 11, 2007 5:17 PM

This song is so powerful.
I heard it for the first time live and loved it.
Then I downloaded it on here and listened to it...and it brought tears to my eyes.
Put it on the next CD, seriously. =)

Much love. <33

Posted by: Carli at August 17, 2007 11:44 AM

Nice! kinda rings back to your dreamy I killed walter M. song.. I liked it. Well, now we know the whole story about Cash... wonder if he is looking down wondering how you knew all that?? ;-) Lol... You must have been lurking in the bushes.. huh? what were you doing there Steve?? ;-) Hey.. missed you at the belly up. Was down in Mexico... with kyle surfing... Looking forward to ur next concert!

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