Steve Sullivan

Lost Songs, Vol. 2: Glass and the Makers of Autumn

by Steve Sullivan

Released 2018
Muddy Rain Records
Released 2018
Muddy Rain Records
Going through old dusty hard drives I came across this collection of songs that I recorded in the summer of 2008. I never officially released them and so here we are 10 years later, and I'm feeling good about putting them out into the wild.
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In the summer of 2008 I was living in Salt Lake City in a studio apartment. I was recording onto a standalone hard disk recorder but had one issue that I couldn't record live drums in my apartment due to the noise complaints. I found out one of my coworkers at the Bank, Ed, played drums and owned a home, so he graciously let me come over with my microphones and recorder and track all the …
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Lost Songs, Vol. 1

by Steve Sullivan

Released 2018
Muddy Rain Records
Released 2018
Muddy Rain Records
These were songs I recorded alone at the tail end of 2008, some in New Mexico and the rest in Minnesota. They sat gathering dust on hard drives until 2018 when I went looking back through old material and I thought they were special enough to set free.
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It was 2008 and I had moved back to New Mexico from Utah and briefly recorded a couple of the songs, “Tara Calico” and “Exeter, Etc.”. When I moved to Minnesota that fall, I recorded a ton of new material, some of it made it onto semi-unreleased albums that I’ll probably put out in the near future, but some of it just sat gathering dust on hard drives. Some of it didn’t sound exactly …
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A Beginner's Guide to Self Immolation

by Steve Sullivan

Released 2016
Muddy Rain Records
Released 2016
Muddy Rain Records
A single vintage ribbon microphone, a banjo leaned up against a worse for wear 1930's upright piano, plus stark and unflinching songs about life, pain, and renewal.
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The original idea for this album was to go back to basics and record things very simply. I had grown tired of modern recording and mixing techniques and decided to put some self-imposed limitations on the entire tracking and mixing of the album. It changed a little as the process went on, but basically I only used one mic, a long ribbon mic, through a 1950s design preamp and opto compressor, and that was it. …
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Death of a Fairy Tale

by Steve Sullivan

Released 2015
Muddy Rain Records
Released 2015
Muddy Rain Records
His first solo album in seven years, Sullivan takes a break from his band Steve Sullivan and The Factory and opens up on a lyrical and unadorned masterpiece.
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"I acquired a 1930’s upright piano for free on Craigslist and somehow managed to hoist it up to my third floor apartment. We set it up in the living room and this is where I wrote most of these songs. That was three years ago, and between touring with the band and releasing three new albums with them, buying a house, becoming a Dad, and a million other things these songs just sat on a …
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Evil Is a Man Made Thing

by Steve Sullivan and the Factory

Released 2012
Muddy Rain Records
Released 2012
Muddy Rain Records
A whirlwind tour of Heartbroken Americana, Rollicking Blues, Confessional Soul and Dirty Swing.
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Born after nine months of spiritual possession, Evil Is A Man Made Thing emerges as a modern day masterpiece. On the band’s fourth studio album, Sullivan’s sorrowful songwriting and ragged voice have matured into a perfectly haunted séance of music from America’s sordid past. It is the first record with Sullivan’s tour de force line up of stellar young musicians including trumpet goddess Jessica Lynn Gates, piano and organ from …
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I Did a Bad Thing

by Steve Sullivan & The Factory

Released 2011
Muddy Rain Records
Released 2011
Muddy Rain Records
Traversing an Americana landscape with startling clarity and beauty.

Love Is a Hit Parade

by Steve Sullivan & the Factory

Released 2011
Muddy Rain Records
Released 2011
Muddy Rain Records
From Swampy New Orleans grooves to Chicago Blues this tour de force band bring's Sullivan's unique songs alive with eloquent power.
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We asked songwriter/singer/producer Steve Sullivan to tell us the story behind the making of this record. Here is what he had to say... "The album (love is a hit parade) took over a year to finish. Initially we were going to make a quick second album to follow "Last Night" and tracked 12 songs in the studio with star engineer Chopper Black (Paula Abdul, Husker Du) and so we had all these great sounding …
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Last Night

by Steve Sullivan and the Factory

Released 2009
Muddy Rain Records
Released 2009
Muddy Rain Records
The 2009 debut album from the twin city's favorite blues and soul band.
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"Last Night" is the debut album from singer/songwriter/producer Steve Sullivan's newest project Steve Sullivan And The Factory. Released in 2009, the album features fan favorites from the band's unforgettable live shows. Long time Sullivan fan's will recognize reworkings of two older songs, "Cocaine" from Sullivan's solo album "American Medium" and the rollicking "Mystic Mountain Blues" from the album "This Is What Happens When You Die".

The songs range from upbeat motown soul (Heartbreaker) to …
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The Magnificent Fanfare

by Steve Sullivan

Released 2008
Muddy Rain Records
Released 2008
Muddy Rain Records
Sullivan captures the imagination with this twisting tale of love, death and constant reincarnation.
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Steve Sullivan is an American medium, drawing the spirit of all forms of American music, old and new into finely crafted albums. Sullivan plays a staggering list of instruments, including acoustic and electric guitar, piano, bass, drums, hand percussion, organ, mandolin, trumpet, Venezuelan cuatro, harmonica, synthesizer and more. He’s also a gifted producer and engineer, recording all of his material alone in his project studio.

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the early 80’s, …
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American Medium

by Steve Sullivan

Released 2008
Muddy Rain Records
Released 2008
Muddy Rain Records
A spellbinding journey through American musical idioms of the past, conjured through Sullivan's unique kaleidoscopic vision.
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Steve Sullivan is an American medium, drawing the spirit of all forms of American music, old and new into finely crafted albums. Sullivan plays a staggering list of instruments, including acoustic and electric guitar, piano, bass, drums, hand percussion, organ, mandolin, trumpet, Venezuelan cuatro, harmonica, synthesizer and more. He’s also a gifted producer and engineer, recording all of his material alone in his project studio.

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the early 80’s, …
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This Is What Happens When You Die

by Steve Sullivan

Released 2008
Muddy Rain Records
Released 2008
Muddy Rain Records
A sweeping account of life after death, love and memory. Sullivan painstakingly etches the supernatural and sublime in literal prose.
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Steve Sullivan is an American medium, drawing the spirit of all forms of American music, old and new into finely crafted albums. Sullivan plays a staggering list of instruments, including acoustic and electric guitar, piano, bass, drums, hand percussion, organ, mandolin, trumpet, Venezuelan cuatro, harmonica, synthesizer and more. He’s also a gifted producer and engineer, recording all of his material alone in his project studio.

Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the early 80’s, …
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Reveal

by Steve Sullivan

Released 2007
Muddy Rain Records
Released 2007
Muddy Rain Records
The King of Modern Folk comes back with an album of picturesque dreams.
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17 cents brings the blues to Salt Lake City
Steve Sullivan releases first solo album in Utah
By Anna West, May 2007

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - “The watery eyes of innocence drowned at the old train station. I was writing six haikus. Can you help me find the real thing? from Medicine Nightmare for Ballroom Dancing - Steve Sullivan.

Steve Sullivan is the real thing, importing the blues to Salt Lake City from the tiny central …
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Imaginary Friends

by Steve Sullivan

Released 2003
Muddy Rain Records
Released 2003
Muddy Rain Records
Sullivan draws on 1930's blues, 1960's folk and 1990's alternative sensibilities in a gripping post-modern experience.
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Steve Sullivan writes eclectic modern folk rock drawing on 1930’s blues, 1960’s folk and 1990’s alternative sensibilities. His lyrics are both introspective and abstract, while maintaining a strong sense of sincerity throughout. Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico in the early 80’s, Sullivan grew up near the dried out banks of the Rio Grande River in a small railroad town called Belen. At age 12, he started playing guitar and writing songs. Studying with master guitarist Ricardo …
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