You have not experienced true entertainment until you sit in the audience at one of Steve Poltz’s shows. The former singer from The Rugburns (Mercury Records) is best known for his hilarious storytelling and witty personality, defying all traditional definitions in the songwriting genre. This is a rare artist who is as comfortable touring with such noted national acts like Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Jewel, The Wallflowers, Bare Naked Ladies, Rusted Root and Lucinda Williams in arenas, as well as performing intimate living room shows in any city in America. Successfully shattering the traditional troubadour mold, Poltz has most gloriously been compared to unique performers and songwriters like John Prine and Tom Waits. Steve wrote and appeared in the video of the 1995 hit, “You Were Meant For Me” helping launch Jewel’s debut CD to triple platinum.

Winner: Artist of the Year, San Diego Music Awards – 1997, 1999, 2000
Winner: Best Acoustic Album, San Diego Music Awards – 2000, 2001, 2003
Winner: Best Pop Album (Rugburns), San Diego Music Awards – 2005
Winner: Best Adult Alternative Album, San Diego Music Awards – One Left Shoe – 1998
Winner: Most Influential Artist of the Decade, San Diego Music Awards – 2000

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“Cracker singer David Lowery once opined that the world needs another folk singer ‘like I need a hole in the head.’ He must not have known about Steve Poltz…” —The Baltimore Sun

“Poltz has the impish sense of humor that lands mouthy but harmless boys in Saturday detention and possibly not-so-harmless men in the relationship doghouse—after a slap, or a drink, in the face or two…” —The Washington Times

“4 stars!” —Arizona Republic

“A surprisingly comical album, filled with dark wit, cynicism and clever rhymes…” —Florida Times-Union

“Chinese Vacation… drives listeners to laughter and tears through picturesque descriptions of life…” —Gwinnett Daily Post, Atlanta

“Chinese Vacation… revels in the absurd, particularly as it relates to relationships…” —State, Columbia, SC

“Steve Poltz is making the best music of his life…” —San Diego Union-Tribune

“If Steve Poltz were any more of a San Diego icon, he’d have his own show at the water park… “ —San Diego Citybeat

“Clever, creative and humorous with a musical delivery all his own…” —Buzz Magazine

“Steve Poltz was born to be a singer-songwriter…” —Beach and Bay Press, San Diego

“Steve Poltz weds his love of absurdity to winsome melodies and aching chords on Chinese Vacation… There are times on Chinese Vacation where Poltz eerily echoes Jeff Tweedy’s sweetly scratchy croon, as if a miner has sifted his vocals through a sieve along with the sediment, nicotine and shiny nuggets…” —North County Times

“A creative songwriter!” —Windy City Times

“A gifted singing songwriter… a fearless solo performer whose mixture of songs and stories make for good art, good music and a good time…” —San Antonio Express-News

“Chinese Vacation captures the strange essence of Steve Poltz, a guy who takes songwriting seriously without taking himself too seriously…” —

“Poltz’s discography is as eclectic as anything…” —Cedar City Daily News, Utah

“Great, bouncy pop… You will NOT get bored of Chinese Vacation for quite some time…” —