Steve Yanek’s story reads like a Hemingway novel full of adventure. Leaving behind a promising career as a singer-songwriter in Los Angeles for the quiet life of rural Pennsylvania, he has worked as a carpenter, gandy-dancer, transportation engineer, and owner of a construction company.
In between jobs in the mid-90s, he started Primitive Records, a small indie label that helped launch the career of ivet and The Jellybricks (Wicked Cool Records). He also dabbled in artist management but has always remained a songwriter.
These accomplishments have allowed him to stay close to the music industry and given him the chance to grow and develop as an artist. Now Steve is ready to take the next step in his singer-songwriter career by releasing his own full-length CD titled, Across the Landscape.
With the help of veteran rock guitarist Jeff Pevar (a member of David Crosby’s band, CPR, and the CSN touring band), East Coast musicians helped produce his debut disc.
Notables include Dixie Dregs and Jazz Is Dead alumni, Rod Morganstein (drums); and the late T. Lavitz (keyboards); as well as singer Leah Kunkel.
This combination of solid, inspired songwriting along with great musicians has resulted in an album of sound quality.