ArtSpace - Variety is album's constant

February 13, 2005|by ANDREA ROWLAND

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - The title track of singer-songwriter Steve Warner's new CD, "Renaissance Man," reflects the musician's varied tastes:

"Up in the morning at the crack of dawn/Doing my yoga then I water the lawn/Jog around the block, eat a healthy meal/Get ready for work, gotta show some zeal/I catch the stock market report on the car radio, followed by sports/I'm a fanatical baseball fan/I try to be a renaissance man/I'm into theater and music and art and digging in the garden like an old fart/Traveling to places like Kathmandu/I took a class so I could build things, too/Gourmet cooking and fine wine/If only I had a little more time for riding up and collecting stuff, pretending to be a Civil War buff/Well I never get enough, when I can/Life is crazy for a renaissance man."

Warner's new CD - a release concert for which will be held at 7:30 p.m. today at the Shepherds-town Opera House on West German Street - features songs with honky-tonk flavor, traditional country feel and the folk acoustic sound that's been the musician's signature for 20 years.


"There's even a tune on there that's reminiscent of vaudeville," said Warner, 56, of Shepherdstown. "I'm one of these people who likes to dabble in a lot of things. I like variety."

Warner, who owns an advertising company in Martinsburg, W.Va., writes the music and lyrics to all of his songs - one of which, "I Don't Think with My Heart," was picked up by a publisher on Music Row in Nashville, Tenn. The award-winning songwriter said he keeps a journal handy to record song ideas inspired primarily by everyday experiences - a catchy phrase on a billboard, heartache, friendship.

"A lot of times it's just a little figure of speech, or just an idea that's a different slant on things," he said. "Because songwriting is somewhat inspirational, I keep the antenna up. ... You can't make something out of nothing in songwriting."

Warner thrives on that creative process.

"It's a magical process," he said. "To me there's nothing greater than the merging of words and music to create a theme."

"Renaissance Man" ($15) will be available at the concert and through Warner by calling 1-304-267-4101 or sending e-mail to

If you go ...

Steve Warner and the Rolling Coyotes, CD release concert

7:30 p.m. today

Shepherdstown Opera House at 131 W. German St. in Shepherds-town, W.Va.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $4 for children, and will be available at the door and online at

For more information, call 1-888-866-7372 or 1-304-876-3704.

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