Big Sky (5)

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In 1996, Big Sky won the FNB Music Award for “Best SA Rock Act” for the album ‘Steve Louw & Big Sky (5) - Horizon’. One of SA rock’s most talented and unassuming singer-songwriters, Steve Louw, first hit the spotlight with his mid-‘80s band, All Night Radio. Albums like ‘All Night Radio (2) - The Killing Floor’ evoked much interest and laid the foundations for Big Sky, which Steve formed in 1990.

The first Big Sky album, ‘Steve Louw & Big Sky (5) - Waiting For The Dawn’, introduced Steve’s new, big rock sound and spawned three Top 10 hits. Steve is prolific writer of melodic, hooky and emotional songs. For the second Big Sky album, 1995’s ‘Horizon’, Louw flew to Los Angeles to work with the esteemed producer Shelley Yakus (U2, Tom Petty) and some of LA’s best session musicians. This album set a new standard for SA rock albums and sold over 10,000 copies as well as grabbing the above-mentioned award.

In 1997, Big Sky released ‘Steve Louw & Big Sky (5) - Going Down With Mister Green’ and once again big sales and radio play followed. Louw was honoured with the support slot on Sixto Rodriguez’ triumphant 1998 SA tour. With Willlem Moller (guitar), Russel Taylor (keyboard), Reuben Samuels (drums), Graham Currie (bass) and Tonia Selley (percussion) performing behind him, Big Sky drew nation-wide attention to the solid and stimulating music produced by the band over the decade.

Late in 2002 Steve began to put together a new band for a series of benefit shows at Kirstenbosch. Willem Moller was called back as lead guitarist and Schalk Joubert, ex-member of the Afrikaans rock band Valiant Swart, came in on bass. Peter Cohen, who’d played with 90′s bands like Bright Blue and Mango Groove and who played in Freshly Ground, joined on drums and Simon Orange from [Invalid Artist] came in on piano and organ. It was this band that began to tour South Africa 2003 through 2008, with concerts at many of the national music festivals and live venues.

In January 2012 the documentary ‘Rodriguez* - Searching For Sugar Man’ was premiered at The Sundance Film Festival by it’s director Malik Bendjelloul, setting off a year-long avalanche of awards culminating in the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. The film depicts the story and music of the man known as Rodriguez, told from the point of view of the South African fans who sought to find out the cold facts regarding the artist that changed their lives, yet remained an enigma. The documentary concludes with a music event that has since made the band ‘Big Sky’ a name recognized around the world.

On the 7th May 2021, Steve Louw released a brand new album of all-original songs, "Steve Louw - Headlight Dreams“.
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Albums

ASF 3324 Big Sky (5) - Waiting For The Dawn album art Steve Louw & Big Sky (5) Steve Louw & Big Sky (5) - Waiting For The Dawn (Album) Gallo Record Company ASF 3324 South Africa 1990 Sell This Version
BPCD 1 Big Sky (5) - Horizon album art Steve Louw & Big Sky (5) Steve Louw & Big Sky (5) - Horizon(CD, Album) PolyGram BPCD 1 South Africa 1995 Sell This Version
BPCD2 Big Sky (5) - Going Down With Mister Green album art Steve Louw & Big Sky (5) Steve Louw & Big Sky (5) - Going Down With Mister Green(CD, Album) PolyGram BPCD2 South Africa 1997 Sell This Version
CDEPC 8223 Big Sky (5) - Beyond The Blue album art Steve Louw & Big Sky (5) Steve Louw & Big Sky (5) - Beyond The Blue(CD, Album) Epic CDEPC 8223 South Africa 2002 Sell This Version
CDSM276 Big Sky (5) - Trancas Canyon album art Steve Louw & Big Sky (5) Steve Louw & Big Sky (5) - Trancas Canyon(CD, Album) Sony Music Entertainment (South Africa) CDSM276 South Africa 2008 Sell This Version

Compilations

CDEPC 8120 R Big Sky (5) - Best Of The Decade album art Steve Louw & Big Sky (5) Steve Louw & Big Sky (5) - Best Of The Decade(CD, Comp) Sony Music Entertainment (South Africa) CDEPC 8120 R South Africa 1999 Sell This Version