Steve Passfield is Goin’ It Alone
LOCAL artist Steve Passfield has certainly paid his dues.
The Golden Guitar winner is the driving force behind the award-winning Handpicked Band.
Formed back in 1988, the Handpicked Band went on to tour much of Australia, Asia and New Zealand.
Steve released three independent Handpicked Band albums and a 21-year anniversary DVD that combines the anniversary show with Steve’s personal story living in the Macleay Valley, his hometown of Kempsey and the stories of family and friends who’ve been the background for many of his songs.
Steve released his first solo album Goin’ It Alone in 2007.
Goin’ It Alone included the instrumental tune Stump Jumpin, a song that was to put Steve on the country music radar.
Steve said the awards were confirmation that the way he had developed his career was the one most true to himself.
“Being an independent artist is not easy, but if you’re doing what you love, and people get a kick and relate to your story, then it’s worthwhile continuing to swing the hammer,” he said.
At the Ballina Coastal Country Music Festival, June 10 to 12. For details visit ballinacountrymusic.com.