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Faded Champion

by Steve Trettevik

Outside 02:55
Hurricane 02:46
Son of Flame 02:47
Run And Play 02:44
Desert Rose 02:43
Upside Down 02:45


My pal Steve Trettevik is a long-time Pacific NW musician. Newly based in Olympia, Faded Champion is his first solo album - Steve plays almost everything, including the many guitar leads. His compositions are concise, yet warm; they are sometimes heartfelt and even occasionally silly, running the gamut from catchy rock/pop to nearly country. His rough baritone pulls the whole package together.

I first met Steve in 1982, in my earliest recording days. Up until that time, Steve had mostly done wimpy folk music, hammered dulcimer etc. Steve and I started doing little one-off projects like The Rude Dudes and Group Sex which appeared on the 1983 Local Product compilation. That comp also included Steve’s solo debut as Stevie Nations and The United States doing their greatest hit “Theme From Mudshark.” This was not wimpy folk music.

From there Steve and I started a real gigging band The Icons, which had a 3-year run and a posthumous cassette, Masters Of Disaster. In the midst of that chaos, we recorded and released the drunken all-improv Me Three – No Money No Fun, where Steve first appeared as the fictional Walter E. Gogh, who we later “killed” in a car wreck in southern Florida.

Post-Icons, Steve returned to his folky ways, doing a variety of projects with his wife Sherrie Nordling like The Campers.

Jump to 2009, The Icons play a re-union show for the mighty It Crawled From The Basement anthology comp. The Icons had so much fun they decided it was time to record a second album, Appointment with Destiny!, released in 2011. We played a record release show and stuck a fork in it - done.

Steve has become a regular contributor to the annual GMR charity Xmas album, with tunes in eight in of its eleven years, usually appearing with Sherrie as The Elf-tones.

Steve started recording a lot of electric guitar songs and this year, I talked him into letting me mix and release eleven of them. And now you have them: Faded Champion. I am honored and pleased to release these great songs and I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!


released January 19, 2021


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