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Steve Warner shows his humorous and serious sides in music

December 09, 2007|By JULIE E. GREENE

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - There's a little something for everyone on Steve Warner's latest album.

There's a little Simon and Garfunkel, a little Eagles, some Johnny Cash and a bit of Prince along with many other popular artists - all in one song.

"I had a dream and I had to play ("Me and Bobby McGee") at a bar," said Warner of Shepherdstown, W.Va. By the time he got to the second verse, he couldn't remember the words to the Kris Kristofferson tune, so he made up a verse using song titles.

Warner liked the idea so much that he wrote lyrics to Kristofferson's song using song titles and popular lyrics from well-known artists.

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The song, "You and Bobby MaGoo," is one of 15 tracks on "Carry On," the first full album of Rolling Coyotes, Warner's band.

On the album, Warner sings and plays guitar, harmonica, kazoo and ukulele. The other Coyotes are Nancy Lynn of the Charles Town, W.Va., area (vocals and autoharp), Andy Mosholder of Harpers Ferry, W.Va., (bass, fretless bass and cello) and Elliot Simon of Harpers Ferry (piano and accordion).

Mosholder and Simon are new members of the Coyotes. Lynn sang on Warner's last CD, "Renaissance Man."

"Carry On" is mostly folk acoustic, with some electric guitar. Warner produced the album and wrote the lyrics for all but two of the songs and the music for all but three.

"There's a story behind every song on 'Carry On,'" Warner said.

"I get ideas for songs from everyday life and a lot of times I don't know what inspires it. Just a little light goes off in my head," said Warner, 59, who has a Martinsburg marketing firm, Warner Productions.

Other times he comes across a phrase that sounds like a good title or concept, or it's just diddling around with a chord progression or line of melody that starts a song.

"Beer with Jesus" deals with his frustration about the way things are in the world and wanting to do something about it. "My approach is to sit down and talk about it over a cold beer and see if we can solve some problems," he said of the song.

Sometimes tragedy is the inspiration, as it was with "Pickin' Up the Pieces."

The song is about the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina - the loss, the devastation and moving on.

"Folk music can be very topical," Warner said.

"Carry On" is available for $15 through www.Rollingcoyotes.com and at www.cdbaby.com.

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