11 Questions to a Nashville Musician: Steven Dunn

Steven DunnSteven Dunn’s recording of 20 songs in just two days for the quarterly EPs he consecutively titled “God”,” “Love, “And,” and “Death” was no easy task. Inspired by Johnny Cash, these dark haunting and soulful renderings are not easy listening either.  After all, who among us has all the answers about God, love and death?

The creative songcraft and sincerity of these new recordings make them required listening, and all can be found currently at Spotify. Steven’s recent EPs are a follow-up to his 2015 debut release. “Indianola.”

Thanks to Steven for working his way through our 11 Questions. Following a November 2 release show for “Death” he had at The Well, on November 3h Dunn will be playing at Little Harpeth Brewing just on the east side of the river.


Where are you from originally, when did you move to Nashville and why?

I grew up in Southern Indiana living mostly in Monroe and Owen counties. Bloomington, IN, with Indiana University, is the most notable landmark in that area. My wife and I chose to move to Nashville from Indianapolis, so she could pursue a career in parks.  Of course, it doesn’t hurt me living around Music City.

What are the first and the last records you bought, and where did you buy them? Were they CD, vinyl or digital?

I think the first CD I bought was Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right…But Three Do by Relient K.  It was either that or Satellite by P.O.D. Before that, I always had cassettes, but they were purchased for me, so I wouldn’t really count that.  I had a 50’s compilation cassette that I was particularly fond off.

I really only buy vinyl now, but I’m not sure what my most recent purchase was.  My turntable broke and that halted my vinyl acquisitions for a bit.  It might be From a Room: Volume 1 by Chris Stapleton or America V: A Hundred Highways by Johnny Cash.

First and last live concerts that you’ve seen?

First was some random gospel bluegrass band in a church in southern Indiana.  That’s almost exclusively what my dad listens to.  Last concert I saw was Jason Isbell at the Ryman. Thanks Kevin for the tickets, it was an absolutely amazing show!

Whose star should be added to the Music City Walk of Fame?

There are a lot you could argue for, but I think Dave Cobb will and should be on that list before his career is over.

Where do you go in Nashville for coffee and pizza?

I don’t drink coffee.  Cue the booing and hissing. I do enjoy going by High Garden for tea or Frothy Monkey has a good green tea matcha latte.  In Nashville, it is definitely Five Points Pizza, but Zander’s in Dickson, TN makes some delicious wood-fired pizza as well.

What’s your favorite record to ever come out of Nashville?

I don’t know that I could ever answer this question.  There has been so much created here over the years it feels almost sacrilegious to declare something over everything else

Where’s the best place to eat late night after a show?

Dino’s is pretty solid, or if you’re on that shoestring budget, Cook Out is definitely a go-to.  Corn Dogs and Quesadillas as sides?  Let’s clog some arteries!

The Bluebird calls and asks you to host an “In the Round.” Pick three local songwriters to join you.

I feel like this is almost a chance to just pull three people I’d like to meet that live in town.  Like is Chris Stapleton an option? From people I know or know of, I’d ask Jethro of Sierra Blanca, Katie Pruitt, and Chris of Arts Fishing Club.

What are your favorite music venues to play in town?

The Basement (may you burn out bright, RIP), The Five Spot, and Little Harpeth Brewing.

Name a musician who you’d like to see move here?

I’d like to see my friends move here so I can hang with them. I feel like Tyler Childers would be a fun guy to have in town.  He’s pretty close already and plays here often, but I feel like you could find yourself on a bar stool next to him late night at Mickey’s Tavern just having a normal conversation.

Finally, what’s in your musical future?
I hope to write and tour as long as I’m able. In the immediate future, I’ll be recording a new album at the end of this month (November 2018) and hope to release it next year.   I’m performing at a festival, Folk Yeah Volume 3 in Orlando the weekend after Thanksgiving and playing my final planned show of the year November 30th at Little Harpeth Brewing in Nashville.

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