Newnan native Steve Young, a country singer and songwriter notable for penning the song “Seven Bridges Road,” died on March 17th at age 73.
Young became associated with the influential “outlaw country” movement of the 1970s, and was featured in the 1975 documentary Heartworn Highways. His debut album, 1969’s Rock Salt & Nails, featured Gram Parsons, Gene Clark, James Burton and Hal Blaine among the players, and included his aforementioned signature song. “Seven Bridges Road” would go on to be recorded by Joan Baez, Rita Coolidge, Dolly Parton. Atlanta, FireHouse, Alan Jackson, Ricochet, English folk musician Iain Matthews and, most successfully, The Eagles, whose live version of the song was the band’s last Top 40 hit in 1980 prior to their reunion in the ‘90s. Young himself remade the song twice: on Rock Salt’s 1972 follow-up, conveniently titled Seven Bridges Road (which featured an early appearance from guitarist Junior Brown), and again on his 1978 album No Place to Fall.
Young was also the songwriter behind “Lonesome, On’ry and Mean” (successfully covered by Waylon Jennings), “Montgomery in the Rain” (Hank Williams, Jr.) and “It’s Not Supposed to Be That Way” (Willie Nelson).