Five Minutes With: Calgary Country-Rock Singer-Songwriter Steve Jevne

Steve Jevne is a high-energy country/rock singer/songwriter based out of Calgary, Alberta. Born and raised in Vancouver, Steve wasn’t properly introduced to country music until he moved to Alberta as a kid. Steve Jevne, a multi-instrumentalist who plays guitar, piano and drums as well as vocals, cites his early musical influences from guitar gods like Eric Clapton, Steve Miller and Slash, though it would ultimately be his songwriting, cadence and singing style that would really separate him from the herd.

Steve Jevne considers himself a solo artist but can often be found playing as a duo with a fiddle player or as his full ‘Band of Misfits’, who have performed with him at Calgary Stampede, King Eddy, Ranchman’s and even Lilac Festival. Steve also has a west coast tour under his belt after spending the spring of 2023 touring around the west coast of Canada performing 28 shows in 24 cities, with another spring tour planned out for 2024.

Though he’s had only a few songs released under his name as a solo artist, he spent the fall of 2023 writing and recording a slew of hard-hitting guitar-driven, anthemic songs like his latest release ‘Mr. Bartender’, which was released on February 29th of this year.

Steve Jevne

Name:

Steve Jevne

Genre:

Country/Rock

Founded:

2022 (officially releasing material as a solo artist)

Latest Single:

Mr. Bartender

Favourite musician growing up:

I was and still am a massive Slash fan, bands like Guns N’ Roses were very early influences for me.

Latest Video:

Guilty pleasure song:

‘Ice Dance’ – Danny Elfman (Edward Scissorhands theme) – I’m actually legit listening to it right now at 7 am on a Friday while I smash out some emails!

Live show ritual:

This can vary, jumping jacks have been a steady go-to for me though since my punk rock days. Vocal warms ups, vocal fry’s on the way to a show in the car. The things you’d hear in my car on the way to singing at a show if you were hiding in my car would be an experience that’s for sure haha.

EP or LP?

I’m old school so I like a good old-fashioned LP complete with a secret song, however, EP is more the go-to these days and I’m also ok with that.

Early bird or night owl?

I live in both worlds. I’d say I have a different sleeping pattern than most people. Usually up and working in the studio by 6 am, followed by a short 2nd sleep mid-afternoon and then back working at night for live shows, open mics and other events and generally back to sleep between 12-2 am, then repeat.

Road or Studio?

Again, I like the best of both worlds. I work hard in the studio so I can enjoy my time on the road, it’s an ultra-efficient way to do what I do. I like the studio as it’s my comfort place, right now I’m in phase one of building my own studio which puts me out in a tack room in a barn right now, perfect spot for penning and tracking some country songs and also a nice space to be alone with my thoughts. On the road is fun too but a lot of people don’t realize how wide Canada is so the majority of touring is literally being on the road driving. I like meeting people so the extrovert in me enjoys being on the road and the introvert loves being alone in the studio.

Any shows or albums coming up?

I have a big announcement for another Western Canadian Spring Tour 2024 happening next week complete with a Calgary stop at King Eddy as a duo with Talia Beckie on fiddle, Thursday, May 30th, 2024.

Where can we follow you?

Website | Instagram | Facebook | TikTok | YouTube | Spotify | Apple Music

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Rapid Fire Local Questions:

What is your favourite local restaurant?

Ship & Anchor through and through

What is your favourite street in your city and why?

Crescent Road maybe? The view 100%, some nice houses up there too. Is that too cliche?

What is your favourite park in your city and why?

Millenium Park because I grew up skateboarding there (a skateboarding country artist who listens to Danny Elfman, I think I’m having an identity crisis ha)

What is your favourite music venue in your city? 

The King Eddy. They are always so good to me there. The in-house staff are lovely and the behind-the-scenes staff are very easy to communicate with. Ironwood is great for shows, I haven’t played many there however at this point. My dream venue to perform at is Jack Singer Concert Hall. I think that’s my favourite music venue in all of western Canada, that and Burton Cummings Theatre in Winnipeg which I have played in a past punk rock life.

What is your favourite music store in your city?

Gone are the days for the mall stores and physical albums (for the most part), but for instruments I’ve been going to Long & McQuade ever since I was old enough to set up an account with them. They hold the market share for instrument shops for good reason, every location is on point and the staff are always very helpful.

 

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Demian is an Argentinian retired musician, avid gamer and editor for the Montréal Guardian, Toronto Guardian, Calgary Guardian and Vancouver Guardian websites.