STEVEN ALVARADO found critical acclaim with the release of his third studio album The Howl Sessions (Mott Street Records 2005). The album received extensive airplay in France on the popular radio show Pop Dreams, and made their “Best Albums of 2005” list. Alvarado headlined solo-acoustic tours across Europe including venues in the UK such as The Porter in Bath and The Troubadour in London, where a young Bob Dylan made his British debut. Back in America, Howl received extensive airplay and the single Wish You Were Here (Postcards From Hell) was featured on the hit PBS TV show, Road Trip Nation.
His follow up album Let It Go, (Mott Street Records 2008) was picked as a Top 10 Favorite in USA Today. The Advocate magazine featured Alvarado as an “Artist to watch” along side the legendary Bob Mould. The prestigious studio trade-magazine Pro Sound News did an extensive interview with Steven to talk about the recording process of the very “stripped down” album. The music video for the single It's For You made the Top 10 on MTV’s Logo channel and is in regular “rotation” on VH1.com, MTV.com and Logo.com. In it’s new season, Road Trip Nation featured the song New York on a recent episode. The MTV/Logo show Chris & John go to Camp featured the song It’s For You in the I Want My Dog episode.
The musician credits on Let it Go read like a who’s who of “A” List musicians. Guitarist Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, T-Bone Burnett), drummer Kenny Wollesen (Norah Jones, Rufus Wainright, Rickie Lee Jones), pianist Rob Burger (Beth Orton, Lucinda Williams, Rufus Wainright), and bassist Joe Quigley (Shawn Colvin, Lisa Loeb, Syd Straw) all play on the album as Steven’s backup band.
In June 2011, Steven signed an exclusive co-publishing deal with Imagem Music Group, the largest independently owned music publisher in the world. The deal aims to place Stevens music in a wide variety of television shows, commercials, and major studio films. In 2012 the hit MTV show I Just Want My Pants Back featured the song Wish You Were Here (Postcards from Hell) from Steven's Howl Sessions album.
A native of southern California, Alvarado grew up in the beach towns of Los Angeles. Santa Monica, Huntington Beach, and Venice Beach are his old stomping grounds. After leaving California he lived a few yeas in Nashville Tennessee, playing famed venues such as 12th & Porter, and in the round at The Bluebird Cafe. From there, Steven moved to New York City where he spent thirteen years planting his roots firmly in the bedrock of Manhattan. While he considers himself a New Yorker for life, Steven has recently retuned to his native home of Southern California and resides in a small beach town.
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