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Steve Poltz

Recorded Oct. 22, 2013



Born among the hearty seafaring folk of Canada’s Halifax, Nova Scotia, Poltz has lived most of his life in Southern California, where the sun treated his rocky Canadian DNA like clothes in a dryer. Naturally a spectrum of cultural and emotional tensions arose and he eventually sought refuge in the art of songwriting, where he tapped into an unforgettable and often horrifying depth of unhinged genius.

Among the music cognoscenti, Steve Poltz is regarded as one of the most talented and prolific songwriters of our time. His songs have been among the longest running ever on the Billboard Top 100 and they regularly appear in movie soundtracks, television shows, and even the odd commercial. His touring schedule is ferocious, ping ponging between continents with enough frequency to earn him manic followings in scores of different accents and languages.

Any musician who has traveled as extensively as Poltz will have their share of colorful road stories, but Poltz’ adventures read like a bucket list. Starting out auspiciously, Poltz recalls meeting Elvis Presley at a small airport and beaming proudly as The King hugged his sister for an inordinately long time. Growing up in Palm Springs, California, he trick-or-treated at Liberace’s house and was Bob Hope’s favorite altar boy. In an alcohol-soaked haze, he infamously accosted David Cassidy, who had summoned him to Las Vegas to write a hit song for the aging Tiger Beat cover boy.

His live shows have captivated audiences far and wide with a mix of singing, storytelling, shredding, and the occasional spoken word rants which have been known to incite riots. He can take an audience from laughter to tears and back again in the space of the same song. Steve Poltz transcends the word “talented.” He is unforgettable in all the right ways.

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As seen on KPBS' ''Live at the Belly Up'', San Diego's Steve Poltz is one of the most beloved songwriters of his generation. As both a solo artist and with his cult legend band The Rugburns, Steve's music has enjoyed long stretches in the Billboard top ten, gobbled up acres of mainstream radio across the country and appeared in scores of television shows, commercials and movies. He has collaborated with everyone from Jewel to Glenn Tillbrook to Mojo Nixon, and his legendary live show has earned him a ferociously loving and loyal global fan base. For Steve's annual birthday shows at the Belly Up he has been joined by such friends as Tristan Prettyman, Glen Phillips, Bob Schneider, A.J. Croce, Peter Case and Anya Marina. Tonight on the Belly Up stage Steve plays fan favorites from his solo albums before crowd surfing over to the Belly Up bar top for his hit, “Dick’s Automotive” from The Rugburns days.

Total Play Time: Approx. 77 Minutes
Engineered by Martin Greaves
Photo Credit: Dan Chusid

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What's Up at the Belly Up this week features Steve Poltz! He is playing the Belly Up on Feb 20 for his 7th Annual Birthday Bash. We start off with a call from his agent in Australia, hear the best Michael Keaton story ever, hear how a bad reaction to pot led to a party for Steve Wozniak (co-founder of Apple), what stocks to invest in, and the positive side of his recent health scare. We hear not one, not three but TWO songs at the end! We drank mint tea.
Our podcast this week features our first-ever, second-time guest Steve Poltz! Meryl and D break down life's hard hitting topics with him: french goodbyes, why quitting things is fun, how Steve got his first job thanks to mushrooms and responding to online trolls! WE LOVE STEVE!




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