Someday Im Gonna Rent This Town (Heritage Builders Publishing, ISBN# 978-1-941437-92-6, $22.95, November 2015), is a peek behind Nashvilles musical curtain, written with humor and truth, revealing the struggles and glories of life as a hit songwriter. From Eddie Rabbitt’s “I Love a Rainy Night,” to Dr. Hooks “When You’re in Love with a Beautiful Woman,” the creative process is laid bare for all to see. Welcome to the odd world of legendary songwriter Even Stevens.
How does a preachers kid from a small farm town in Ohio, arrive in a beat-up mail truck with forty bucks in his pocket, survive on the cold, lonely streets of Nashville and end up as BMIs Songwriter of the Century? In Someday Im Gonna Rent This Town, Even Stevens offers a backstage view of the music business, revisiting the rejection, false promises, inspiring creative characters and money-grubbing bottom feeders he met along the way: The drugged-up record label executive . . . The Tina Turner mistake . . . Hey! Clint Eastwoods at the door! . . . and other life changing brushes with the famous (and infamous).
Even Stevens songs have been recorded by: Joe Cocker, Tim McGraw, Eddie Rabbitt, Martina McBride, George Jones, Julio Iglesias, Kenny Chesney, Conway Twitty, Elvis Costello, J.D. Souther, Sammie Smith, B.J. Thomas, Brenda Lee, Engelbert Humperdinck, Blake Shelton, Marilyn McCoo, Tom Jones, Shel Silverstein, Mac Davis, The Oak Ridge Boys, Steel Pulse, Micky Gilley, Lacy J. Dalton, Ricky Skaggs, Crystal Gayle, Trace Adkins, Glen Campbell, Alabama, Kim Carnes, Paul Davis, Kenny Rogers, Dr. Hook, The London Symphony and even The Chipmunks.
Thirteen of Even Stevens songs have reached the revered status of BMI Millionaire, representing more than 143 years of consecutive radio airplay.
Even Stevens legendary songwriting, music producing and entrepreneurial career spans many years and stylistic borders, from the multi-platinum international hit, When Youre in Love with a Beautiful Woman by Dr. Hook, to the three-week #1 smash, I Love a Rainy Night by long-time writing partner and superstar, Eddie Rabbitt. Even Stevens never-ending list of awards and accomplishments includes an unprecedented 53 BMI Awards, a Big Apple Advertising Award, BMIs Robert J. Burton Award, Song of the Year for Suspicions by Eddie Rabbitt, ASCAPs Most Played Song of the Year for Love Will Turn You Around by Kenny Rogers, and the distinction of being named BMIs Songwriter of the Century. Even Stevens lives in Carthage, IN.
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