Slow Boat from Baghdad
Praise for Slow Boat From Baghdad Known well for his colorful Alaskana ballads of rivers, ravens, taverns, and tents, this time Steve Durr has broken his boundary again, and has taken us on a mind-spell full journey 'outside' of the 'Alaskana' with his new CD, SLOW BOAT FROM BAGHDAD. A beautifully orchestrated collection of soulful ballads, reflection of the heart and mind of a human being in search of humanity in himself and the world. SLOW BOAT FROM BAGHDAD is not only an ocean away from what Steve has done in the past. It is also standing testament to his true talent as a poet. Touching, moving, and full of color, this is by far his best work to date. It is simply brilliant. Doug Geeting, 2005 "No matter what Steve Durr is singing on Slow Boat From Baghdad his music's essence is his voice. No matter if he's weaving image-filled poetry about lost love or the war or living out of a tent, his voice is what imbues the words with life. It's the voice of an older person, strong and capable, someone who knows things. Someone seasoned. To revel in Durr's voice is not to take away from his works' other elements. His penchant fro expression through songwriting and production is one aspect that deserves positive mention too. He sings and plays with such an appropriate feel you hardly need lyrics to know what the song is about. The title Durr bestowed on his album is a dreary reminder of what Baghdad has become synonymous with for Americans - - especially in context with the seductive jazz number Slow Boat to China that must have inspired it. Two of Durr's tracks are directly anti-war. He deserves applause for that." Lillie Dremeaux, review in Anchorage Daily News, January 2006 "His songs carry a tension reminiscent of Bruce Cockburn with the freewheeling observances of Loudon Wainwright lll. You need not be an old friend with Durr to warm yourself by his fires. If you're hearing his work for the first time, Slow Boat From Baghdad is the kind of disc that will make you say, "Where has this guy's music been all my life?" Mark Bialczek, Review in Syracuse Post Standard, October 2006.