On this episode, we discuss the 1972 eponymous debut from B.W. Stevenson, a tragically overlook talent from Texas.
Stevenson was one of group of artists identified with the progressive or Outlaw country movement of the early 1970s, a singer-songwriter based movement that strove for a more authentic sound than that coming out of Nashville at the time. Stevenson’s debut did showcase his ability to write incredibly earnest and introspective songs, about longing and loneliness. Unfortunately his label, RCA, struggled with how to best utilize his talents. However, regardless of the occasional production misses, what ultimately shines through on this LP, and what made Stevenson stand out from the rest of the Outlaw Country pack for anyone paying attention, is that big, talented voice.