A lawyer by day, the New Haven singer and songwriter cranks out songs by night -- enough for seven releases since 2008, including his latest, "What Remains" (Cottage Sound Recordings) He has a lot to say, clearly, and he communicates in '60s folk-rock style, building songs around acoustic guitar and his voice, with adornment from electric guitars, keyboards and the occasional string arrangement and harmonica.
Mednick, 58, is a hopeful writer, seeking silver linings even in dire situations. The quest for truth is a frequent theme, popping up on opener "The Forger's Tale" and on the terse, foreboding "Series of Hits and Misses." Elsewhere, Mednick revels in clear skies on the piano ballad "Clouds Will Pass Away," wanders dusty American byways (in search, naturally, of truth) on "Archaeology" and weighs good times against bad on "Time Returns."
Bob Dylan is an unmistakable influence, particularly in the full-throated vocal melody on "Questions" (think "Like a Rolling Stone") or the folk-revival structure of the story-song "Jasper McPhee," co-written with, and featuring high harmonies from, album producer Eddie Seville, of Steel Rodeo. Mednick has adapted the style to his own strengths, though, and if "What Remains" won't quite prompt the permanent shelving of "Highway 61 Revisited," it's a respectable turn by an artist who knows what he likes.
Though he's certainly earned a rest by this point, Mednick is instead proving restless: he expects to release a new album, "Immigrants ... and Other Americans," this fall.
Immigrants…and Other Americans Reviewed by Muziekvenster
Steve Mednick...has a beautiful, velvety voice and poetic songs are invariably superior quality. Steve Mednick's a songwriter without really being noticed makes the most beautiful things. He started his musical career in 2006 and now has eight albums to his name. "Immigrants and Other Americans" was co-produced by Eddie Seville on the album has joined on guitar, harp and percussion.