News/Reviews

Radio

“Like Woody Guthrie in the ‘Thirties, Steve entertains us and informs us at the same time.”
Jim Hightower, Hightower Radio

“Don’t know if Steve Brooks minds being compared to Iris DeMent but his voice really projects
that same pure emotional quality and his songwriting is superb.”
Butch Kara, KZGM-FM, Cabool, Missouri

“Steve is a great entertainer, an inventive songwriter, a real crowd pleaser and a heckuva guy.”
Roger Allen, KGSR-FM, Austin

Chasing Grace is a collection of well-crafted gems with something for everyone.
Joe Angel, KEOS-FM, College Station, Texas

 

Press

“Some country flavor, a tinge of James Taylor and not being afraid to kick up
some dust…Steve Brooks could very well be the quintessential country singer.”
Austin Chronicle

“Brooks’ new album, ‘Purgatory Road,’ is more than country. Some of it really rocks. Brooks makes judicious
use of his journalist’s eye for detail. Through it all, his low-key style cuts to the heart of the matter.”
New Orleans Times-Picayune

“Brooks is known for knowing exactly what to say to concisely bring home a monumental theme…
One of the state’s top lyricists. He is simply the most clever man you’ll hear with a guitar.”
Stave Magazine

“This bluesy Texas troubadour has plenty of gruff charm and a knack for Americana. …His songs
are full of folksy, down-home fun and plenty of Will Rogers-style common sense.”
Listen.com

 

Songwriters

“Steve Brooks writes with the kind of dry wit that makes you chuckle and spit sand, yet he has the same
sense of commentary and observation that made the likes of Woody Guthrie a national hero.”
Ellis Paul

“Great unsung songwriter of Austin. And the quickest pun in town.”
Slaid Cleaves

“A wordsmith of the first order.”
Jimmy Lafave

“Steve Brooks has made an important contribution to the Texas tradition of the singer-poet-musician,
saying those things we think and dream about, but never get to hear expressed.”
David Amram

 

Venues and Bookers

“A master storyteller, a Zane Grey of lyrics and melody. Steve’s voice can soothe or inspire -
either your political fire or reaching to your spiritual self.”
Karen Webb, Webb House Concerts, Austin

“Steve is an extraordinary Austin songwriter. His songs can be hysterically funny or tearfully sad.”
Cyd Wright, Quillen’s Coffeehouse, Houston

Great songwriting that reminds me of Woody Guthrie at times. Be prepared for sore ribs from laughing
at his wonderful take on driving in Houston, then listen with feeling to his dedication to Pete Seeger.
Joanne Sprott, Harmony Coffeehouse, Houston

“With continued hard work and a little luck, Nashville’s country stars and song pitchers will soon
beat a path to this man’s door for the chance to cover one of his great tunes.
Austin Kessler, Live Oak Coffeehouse & Mountain House Concerts, Austin

 

Album Reviews (Click to read)

Stave Magazine: Chasing Grace
The Green Man Review: Fever
Rambles: Bulletproof
Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange: Purgatory Road

 

Articles (Click to read)

Songwriter’s Circle: At the Mic with Steve Brooks
Midland Reporter-Telegram: Folk Singer uses background as journalist to write songs
North West Arkansas News: Texas musician Steve Brooks brings a liberal dose of wit to Arsaga’s

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