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LOCAL ACT: Steve Fiore

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"First Time Lovers" from the album Etiquette
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Local songwriter Steven Fiore has been recording music for only four years. Upon taking even a perfunctory listen to his music, however, one might think they were listening to a young Dylan. Both artists have the musical mastery to infuse many different instruments into their music without making it sound jarring or overdone.

Fiore and his band The Good People recently finished a new studio album titled Etiquette. It boasts acoustic guitar, mandolin, a three-piece strings section, trumpet, and Mellotron. Bandmate Ash Hopkins (of Run Dan Run) produced Fiore's last album, and he helped the artist create both a unique sound and a properly polished final product on Etiquette.

"Ash was there for the whole recording process and told me this should be mixed this way, this should be recorded then, and this should be recorded like this," says Fiore.

Fiore has three "good people" to guide him: Hopkins on bass and guitar, keyboardist Dan McCurry (also of Run Dan Run), and drummer Nick Jenkins (of The Dirty Kids, Morimoto, and others). "I'll start to hum something I had in mind, and they'll help me build something around it," says Fiore.

Things have not always been so easy-going for the young musician. Earlier this year, Fiore was a starving artist playing music on the streets of Boston as his only means of income. His final show in Boston brought out over 150 fans. He then traveled to New York City for a while before recently moving back to his previous home base of Charleston.

"I don't look at myself and say, 'Hey you're going to be the next Radiohead or anything.' I'm not defining a genre or changing the sound of anything. I'm just a folk-pop songwriter."

Steve Fiore & The Good People share the bill with The Modern Skirts and Slow Runner at the Music Farm (32 Ann St., 843-577-6969) on Fri. June 6. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10 ($8 adv). Check out www.myspace.com/stevenfiore for more.

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