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Steven Ross Jahn

South Texas Wind

Genre: 'Alt/Country' -  Release Date: '2005'

Our Rating: 9/10 Stars

Singer/songwriter Steven Ross Jahn has a voice that can warm polar caps. Just listen to him croon on the heartbreaking "I Saw Your Picture in the Paper." His voice is fragile and bittersweet, capturing the deep-seated ache of a wounded soul. On "South Texas Wind" (, Jahn takes country back to the late '70s and early '80s, when the genre traded kisses with the easy listening format.

Fans of Kenny Rogers and even Dan Fogelberg will have much to relish on this laidback, hopelessly sentimental record. One of the most appealing aspects of Jahn's songs is that his singing is so clear; his vocals thrust in front of the mix, you hear every word of his lyrics. Oddly enough, the years of hearing incomprehensible tunes makes Jahn's clarity startling. You forget how straightforward music used to be.

"I Saw Your Picture in the Paper" is a classic country tear-jerker; it's about a man who discovers that an old flame has married somebody else. You can feel the sorrow in Jahn's voice; the agony is real. The track is reminiscent of Bertie Higgins' "Key Largo," at least in terms of feel. Another moving cut is the title track, which has the lonesome spirit of Hank Williams, Sr.

The hipsters among you may scoff at the old-fashioned styles at play here, but Jahn's sincerity comes across well. These are songs about love and life that are charming and without pretensions. The album closer, "Santa Bring My Daddy Home," will make the most stone cold among you grab a handkerchief.

Author: Adam Harrington

Steven Ross Jahn

South Texas Wind


For those who like mellow country music, there aren't many surprises here. Newcomer Steven Ross Jahn gives the public what they want: a number of ballads and an upbeat track or two. The infectious "Rosa Janine" is among them; it bears an unexpected resemblance to the Knack's power-pop classic "My Sharona" in one of its riffs. It's about as rocking as Jahn gets, as this album is for people who want to relax and perhaps reflect upon past relationships.

When it comes to singing about women he's loved before, Jahn does it well. "The forecast calls for stormy weather," he laments on "I Saw Your Picture in the Paper" as misty-eyed piano provides a sad backdrop for his tale. Most of the time the attention is paid to Jahn's woeful voice; but the music can be fairly attractive too, such as the pretty acoustic strumming on "It Had to Be You."

Jahn is a storyteller, and this is the kind of work that'll appeal to the unfortunately neglected blue-collar class. There is poetry in his simplicity, grace in his fragility. The last track on the album, "Santa Bring My Daddy Home," could've been corny, but it isn't. It's a powerful statement, a child's longing to be with his or her military father during the holidays. Jahn is reaching into the stocking and striking a nerve. "Santa Bring My Daddy Home," especially Jahn's sensitive delivery, will linger in your mind for hours after spinning it.

Steven Ross Jahn:
Kyrby Raine - Ink 19 (Mar 1, 2006)

Steven Ross Jahn

South Texas Wind


Guest Review

25th Mar 2008

Overall Rating

5 stars

  • Value for money
    5 stars

  • Other Artists Listened To:  Not supplied

Good Points

When I first heard this song I sat in my car and cried it was so touching. What a wonderful song.

General Comments

Little did I know when I heard this song last holiday season that I had known the artist for many years. Recently, my son met him and we found out the wonderful connection (in fact my son was the ring bearer in his wedding). When I knew him previously he was a wonderful guy with a wonderful heart. I hope he does well and I look forward to hearing more from him both on a personal level and a professional level.

Steven Ross Jahn

South Texas Wind

 Barry Andrew's Review

13th Mar 2006

Overall Rating

5 stars

  • Value for money
    5 stars

  • Other Artists Listened To:  Conway Twitty, Kenny Rogers

Good Points

Heart melting songs
Beautifully sung tales of love and unrequited romance
The best original Christmas track in decades

General Comments

"My dreams went blowing in the wind," croons singer songwriter Steven Ross Jahn ( on "I Saw Your Picture in the Paper" as he pines away for a woman who took another fellow at the altar. It's a massive tearjerker of a tale, delivered with sobby-eyed regret and aching acceptance. Listening to Jahn's songs is like going back in time, when both country music and rock & roll were geared toward the common man.

There should be room for everything in the world of pop music, from the ordinary to the avant garde, but "South Texas Wind" ends up filling a void that has left older listeners overplaying their dusty 45's for too long. Jahn has that classic AM radio voice - hopelessly romantic, sentimental, and melancholy.

Summoning the best of '60's and '70's country pop, Jahn is the antithesis of many of today's artists, no matter what genre they're in. "It Had to Be You" is a throwback to the golden age of AM radio, especially the soaring background harmonizing. The crisp acoustic riffs of "Dusty Road" sound absolutely lovely on headphones. Is it a crime to create music this pretty?

"Santa Bring My Daddy Home," which should be sent to all of the Americans serving in Iraq, is a powerful song that leaves any other Christmas track in the dust.


Press Release from Whisperin and Hollerin's Website

Adam Harrington -


Press Release in Alternative Rock Review
Interview with Steven Ross Jahn
by Karla Ash


Photo of "Blue Heartaches" Single by Steven Ross Jahn
released in 1987
produced by J.C. Unger


J.C. Unger - Red Robin Records

Photo of "Santa Bring My Daddy Home" Single by Steven Ross Jahn
released in 2007
produced by T.J. Kirby



T.J. Kirby - Round Robin Records

Photo of "Blue Heartache" Score
by Steven Ross Jahn

Steven Ross Jahn - Personal Collection (May 30, 1996)