Lo-Fi Blues / Americana / Road Music
Ghostwriter is the post-punk version of a self-accompanied singer-songwriter. Ghostwriter has toured the States for the last fifteen years and released seven albums on End of the West records. Along the way, Ghostwriter has opened for Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and T-Model Ford, and toured alongside Dex Romweber (Flat Duo Jets) and Th' Legendary Shack Shakers. He's played in festivals from Sleazefest in Chapel Hill, to Not the Same Old Blues Crap in London. Known for his visceral songwriting and unrelenting DIY ethos, Ghostwriter has been dubbed "the original punk-folk troubadour." 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, Schecter started recording and touring solo as Ghostwriter. After moving back to Oregon for a few years, Schecter is again living in Austin, TX. Ghostwriter's eight full-length album String Noise and Dust will be available January 2018 from End of the West.
"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