58 minute CD
This classic Steve CD is from his early days./ Hear the fire he plays on his contest style tunes and the beautiful melodies he creates on the ballads and slow pieces. A Georgious collections of Classic Steve Stuff.
Whiskey Before Breakfast, Jerusalem Ridge, Tami, Whitehorse Breakdown, Turkey In The Straw, Kentucky Waltz, Sailor's Hornpipe, Breaking Out, Georgia, I Miss You Waltz, Temptation Rag, Faded Love, Grandfather's Clock, June Apple / Kitchen Girl, Green Leaves Of Summer, My Life and Soldier's Sorrow / Soldiers's Joy
Here's a review:
Breaking Out - CD
Guitarist Steve Kaufman is not in the same league as Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Dan Crary and Norman Blake when it comes to name recognition (circa 1990). When it comes to his playing, however, this young picker from eastern Tennessee, is most definitely a big-league talent. Kaufman is a three-time-winner at the prestigious Winfield, Kansas, guitar contest end his new cassette, "Breaking Out," shows rather convincingly that fame is the only thing he lacks. The rest of the package-stuff like taste, tone, timing, speed, good ideas, flash and so on- Kaufman has in quantities sufficient to drop the jaw of the most jaded fan of flatpicked guitar.
Aside from the sheer virtuosity of Kaufman's picking, the two things most impressive about "Breaking Out" are Kaufman's quirky, unpredictable arrangements and his exceptionally strong sense of melody. Those captivating arrangements allow him to tackle such oft-recorded numbers as "Faded Love," "Whiskey Before Breakfast," "Jerusalem Ridge" and "Soldier's Joy" and actually bring new life and excitement to the tunes. His flawless picking on the faster tunes is nothing short of amazing, but his unerring melodic sense is perhaps most evident on slower tunes like "Tammy" (the Debbie Reynolds pop hit from 1957), "Green Leaves Of Summer," "I Miss You Waltz" and "Kentucky Waltz." Those cuts demonstrate that the ability to dazzle is not necessarily a function of speed.
"Breaking Out" is truly a one-man show. Kaufman played the guitar(s) on each cut, overdubbed mandolin and bass on a few cuts, wrote "I Miss You Waltz"
and the jazzy title tune, engineered and produced the recording, arranged the tunes and designed the cassette insert. He did an excellent job on all
fronts. Steve Kaufman may not be a big star, but he's produced a recording that will delight and astound all fans of guitar music. Easily depressed
guitarists might went to avoid "Breaking Out," but it’s highly recommended to everyone else.