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Steven Fromholz in 2007.


Steven Fromholz (born June 8, 1945 in Temple, Texasmarker) is an entertainer, known mostly as a singer and songwriter.

Fromholz began performing while he was serving in the United States Navy during the 1960s. After leaving the Navy, he teamed with Dan McCrimmon to create the group Frummox. Fromholz also has played with Stephen Stills and Rick Roberts before going solo.

Over the years, many respected musicians have recorded songs written by Fromholz. Most notable among these are Willie Nelson singing "I'd Have to be Crazy" and Lyle Lovett singing "Texas Trilogy" and "Bears." Other artists that have recorded his songs include Hoyt Axton, John Denver, and Jerry Jeff Walker.

In addition to singing and songwriting, Fromholz has dabbled in acting, playwriting, poetry, record producing, narrating, jingle-writing, and whitewater river guiding. In 2007, he was named Poet Laureate of the State of Texas by the Texas State Legislature. His latest book is Steven Fromholz: New and Selected Works.

He has two daughters, Darcie (to whom the song "Dear Darcie" is dedicated) and Felicity (for whom his record label, Felicity Records, is named).

From Here to There

Fromholz's first album, From Here to There, has become a difficult to find Texas classic, as it is out-of-print and no longer available. It was recorded with music partner Dan McCrimmon as the duo "Frummox" in 1969 on ABC Probe Records, CPLP 4511. This album is a seminal work, pre-dating and foreshadowing the Texas Music scene-to-come, when Willie Nelson relocated from Nashville to Austin and became the icon of "Outlaw" music. This album has never been released on CD. Notable on the album is his "Texas Trilogy," a set of three songs meant to be played as one long work: "Daybreak," "Trainride," and "Bosque County Romance," portraying life in rural Texas in the 1950s, set in the town of Kopperlmarker, in Bosque County, Texasmarker.

Tracklisting:
  1. "Man With The Big Hat"
  2. "Kansas Legend"
  3. "Song For Stephen Stills"
  4. "Jake's Song"
  5. "Texas Trilogy: a) Daybreak"
  6. "Texas Trilogy: b) Trainride"
  7. "Texas Trilogy: c) Bosque County Romance"
  8. "Texas Trilogy: d) Daybreak (reprise)"
  9. "There You Go"
  10. "Weaving Is The Property Of Few These Days"
  11. "Lovin' Mind"


Texas Trilogy

Fromholz's "Texas Trilogy" was the basis of a book by Craig D. Hillis and Bruce F. Jordan, Texas Trilogy: Life in a Small Texas Town, in which the authors accompanied and illustrated the trilogy's lyrics, set in the town of Kopperl, Texas, with photographs of the surrounding landscape. It also contains interviews with principal characters within the town. The book was praised for its photographs, though not for its text.

In addition, Fromholz himself published a book called Texas Trilogy. It is available at his website.

References

  1. Texas Poets Laureate.
  2. Kopperl, Bosque County, Texas, by Steven Fromholz.
  3. Review on This is Texas Music.


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