Times-Standard (Eureka, CA)

November 23, 2010
Section: Entertainment

The end of End of the West was Ghostwriter's beginning

   Kai Beech/Tri-City Weekly

What: Ghostwriter When: 10:30 p.m. Saturday


Where: The Alibi, Arcata


Admission: $5


The end of End of the West was Ghostwriter's beginning


Nearly a decade ago, lifelong musician Steve Schecter found himself in quite the dilemma. While in the midst of a tour across the Midwest his band, End of the West, broke up. Not wanting to let down audiences, venues or himself, Schecter attempted to make the most of a stressful situation.


"The band dissolved but we still had gigs that I booked myself," he recalled, adding that he felt a responsibility to fulfill the contracted gigs. "In an act of desperation I asked myself, 'How can I make this work?'"


What Schecter did was call the clubs, inform them of the bad news and asked them if he could perform solo. All but one agreed. It turned out to be a life-changing string of events for him.


"It was liberating and fun and it has really allowed me to progress as a musician," Schecter said. "Being solo enabled me to focus on creating more real content."


Schecter performed on his own at venues in Chicago, St. Louis, New Orleans and Texas.


Since then, Schecter has performed as Ghostwriter. Using a homemade foot-percussion device, hollow-body guitar, harmonica and banjo, his performance is often viewed as a one-man band. It's a description he's not into, he prefers being categorized as a punk-folk troubadour.


Check out Ghostwriter's act at The Alibi in Arcata on Saturday at 10:30 p.m. ($5). Opening the night is local Irish folk-punk band The Smashed Glass.

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