11-track SongStealer covers album of classic arrangments is available here for download as 320k mp3 (iTunes ready), FLAC, wav, ACC, VBR mp3 or ALAC. Original artwork and songsheets (chords/lyrics) also included. 'Download Album' here is the easiest, most direct way to support me, the artist, in dollars or euros via Paypal or credit card.
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The SongStealer (2003-2005) album was a culmination of my basic education as a songwriter. After graduating with a degree in music composition and performing with a few bands (ska with The Suitables, darkwave with Vehemence Realized, neo-folk with Tanakh), I began working under my own name, deciding it best to build a legacy with something I'd carry for a lifetime. In University, they taught to write a fugue, 12-tone, for string quartet, jazz ensemble, choir, etc - but never a song. For that, I self-studied the works of songwriters like Johnny Cash, Bob Marley, Willie Nelson, Loyko, The Beatles and an enormous amount of Neil Young, arranging in total some 120+ classics.
Fascinated by Russian gypsy music, I wrote lines for violinist Erik Redford and we performed around Richmond, VA. Before my move to Germany, we recorded our best for the 2005 SongStealer album with engineering mentor Matt Wenninger at Romper Room Music in Mechanicsville, VA. Matt's wife and lontime friend Amy Wenninger graced us with her voice, while his mother Catherine Wenninger provided album artwork.
released October 15, 2005
T. Nathan Roane: arranging, voice, guitar, percussion, whistle, bass
Erik Redford: violins, viola
Amy Wenninger: backing vocals, Irish flute
Matt Wenninger; audio engineering
Catherine Wenninger: artwork