Perhaps you have heard of Steve Moakler. Maybe you know his song “Suitcase”. Well if you have not heard of Steve Moakler, the time is now!
Steve Moakler released his album, Steel Town on March 17, 2017.
I would like to recognize Steve Moakler because like myself, Steve is a Pittsburgh native. If you know anything about Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, you probably know a few things:
- Pittsburgh was ranked #1 for America’s Ugliest Accent in 2014
- Pittsburgh’s colors are black and gold
- Pittsburgh is known as the “Steel City”
Steve’s album was inspired by his Pittsburgh roots. The album and its title track “Steel Town” originate from Pittsburgh’s aforementioned nickname, the “Steel City”.
The title track on the album, “Steel Town” truly hits home for Pittsburgh natives. The song revolves around what it was like growing up in Pittsburgh in a middle-class family. Steve highlights the hard working middle class families. The football obsession (Go Steelers). The Pittsburgh accent that is heard in the opening of the song. The ups and downs in the weather. The annual vacation to a “beach town”. The importance of drinking beer. The love Pittsburghers have for Pittsburgh and each other. The acoustic sound and the significance within the lyrics is expressive and amazing.
In a Steel Town, your boots and jeans and shirts and cars are passed down. There’s not a lot but there’s enough to go around.
Even if you are not from Pittsburgh, I am sure that you can relate to those little things that tie you to your hometown. The little things that no one understands except the folks from your hometown. The little things that bring your hometown together.
Personally, I adore “Steel Town” because of my emotional connection with Pittsburgh. Every lyric brings about a memory that I have connected with growing up here. I grew up in the town neighboring Steve Moakler’s neighborhood. I grew up cheering on the Pittsburgh Steelers from Bill Cowher to Mike Tomlin. I grew up wearing a pair of shorts one day and then snow pants the next. It’s incredible to be able to relate to a song on such a personal level. I hope you will listen to “Steel Town” and the amazing acoustic, foot tapping and upbeat tunes on Steve’s latest album because he is the next big thing.
Just remember, you can take the man out of Pittsburgh but you can’t take the Pittsburgh out of the man.