Punk-Folk Troubadour / American Road Music / Lo-Fi Blues
Ghostwriter* has performed as a one-man stripped-down roots act for the last seventeen years, and released nine albums on his own End of the West label. Dubbed "the original punk-folk troubadour," Ghostwriter comes off as a post-punk version of the Harry Smith era self-accompanied singer-songwriter. Ghostwriter has opened for icons Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and T-Model Ford, and played in festivals from Sleazefest in Chapel Hill to Not the Same Old Blues Crap in London. Ghostwriter’s 2018 release String Noise and Dust combines feedback and finger picking with road imagery and painful love, while 2019’s Hard Luck Live is a raw representation of Ghostwriter’s intense live performances. Known for his visceral songwriting and DIY ethos, Ghostwriter blends influences from pre-war blues to noise-punk for an original take on American roots music.
*Born and raised in central Oregon, Steve Schecter moved to Austin, TX. in 1996 where he formed and fronted Billy Swamp, The Standards (originally American Standards), and End of the West. By 2002, Steve Schecter started recording and touring alone as Ghostwriter. After moving back to Oregon for a few years in the interim, Schecter is again living in Austin, TX.
"To these ears, one of the best purveyors of down and dirty blues triumphalism."
- Robert Ham, Willamette Week.
"A one-man junk-folk-blues act with knitting-needle guitar, footstomp percussion, and a
holler that sounds like a less lysergic Captain Beefheart." - Ned Lannamann, Portland Mercury.
"In the simplest description, I would have to say it's a raw, gritty, organic sound, full of heart and guts,
and sweat and spit and backbone... 'blue-collar blues-punk,' which at once sums up the man and the artist
pretty accurately." - James Carlson, National Examiner.
"Live, Ghostwriter can put the fear of God in you... unleashing some serious power through his
minimalist approach. " - Mark Lore, Chico News & Review.
"A haunted road hog with a brimstone growl and guitar mixed hotter than Lucifer... imagines Nick Cave waking
up on the wrong side of the bed, fighting cottonmouth and arrest warrants in several Southwestern states."
- Chistopher Grey, Austin Chronicle