In 20 years since his full-length solo debut, One Left Shoe, Steve Poltz has blessed the world’s ears with thirteen solo records, spanning the acclaimed 2010 Dreamhouse and most recently, Shine On in 2019. NPR summed it up best, “Critics and fans alike now regard Poltz as a talented and prolific songwriter.”

Evoking themes of “hope, love, contemplation, celebration of Wednesday, pharmacists, and the fact that windows are not inanimate objects and they sometimes have conversations with each other,” Shine On represents Steve at his most inspired and insightful. The opener and title track pairs a delicate vocal with lithely plucked acoustic strings as he urges everyone to, “Shine on, shine on.”


“There are no rules for songwriting. Do whatever you want. Experiment. Think outside the box. Find your own voice. Be fearless. If you’re doing something worthwhile, your audience will find you. Make it a habit. Learn other people’s songs that are outside of your wheelhouse. Learn songs with weird chords and practice them with reckless abandon. Try strange guitar tunings and make mistakes. Mistakes lead to unexpected melodies and songs. Remember to have fun. This ain’t rocket science. It’s playtime!”

– Steve Poltz

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