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Songwriter Young At Hale’s

Even if you don’t know singersongwriter Steve Young, you might know his songs.

He wrote the haunting “Seven Bridges Road,” made famous by the Eagles, among others. He also wrote “Lonesome, Orn’ry and Mean,” a Waylon Jennings staple, and “Montgomery in the Rain,” made into a hit by Hank Williams, Jr.

Young will perform in concert on Wednesday at 8 p.m. at the Hale’s Ale Brewery, E5634 Commerce.

Young has been recording since 1968, when he made his debut with The Stone Country Band. He went on to record a series of solo albums in the ‘70s and ‘80s, all of which gave him critical acclaim if not pop stardom. The Rolling Stone Record Guide sums him up as “a fine, overlooked, underrated country performer.”

He eschews the label country - he is more accurately labeled an American roots musician.

Here’s what singer Lucinda Williams says about him: “When I first heard Steve Young, I was spellbound. As a writer, he’s in a league with Dylan and Hank Williams. And he sings like an angel.”

His newest album is called “Switchblades of Love,” on Watermelon Records.

Tickets for the Wednesday show are $9 ($10 at the door) and are available at Street Music, N117 Howard, or by calling 535-1868. Tickets at the door will be $10. This concert is sponsored by the Columbia Folk Association.