November 24, 2010

The Steepwater Band: Live at the Double Door

Chicago blues rock power trio The Steepwater Band have performed nearly 1000 live shows since 1998, so it's about time for them to release a live album. Live at the Double Door captures them on stage in the Windy City, in a venue that has been good to them over the years, a home away from home. The May 22 show focuses on the songs that were recorded for their two most recent studio albums, Grace and Melody and Revelation Sunday. They do a great version of the Beatlesque All the Way to Nowhere, and Baby, You're On Your Own and Steel Sky are still packing a punch after being played hundreds of times. World Keeps Moving On is slower than the studio version, stretching the notes, and the vocals taking on an extra level of urgency - a red blooded example of heartfelt Chicago electric blues rock.

The CD version Live at the Double Door omits the 15 minutes plus Waiting to Be Offended - including it would have forced them to drop other songs from the set to make it fit on a single disc, but they kindly offer it as a free bonus download. With the live DVD Firepit Friday currently only being available through a German specialty label it is good to have another "in concert" document from a hard working band who depend on word-of-mouth to make ends meet. After being exposed to them, you will find that The Stars Look Good Tonight on your way home.

The Steepwater Band:
Jeff Massey: vocals, guitar
Tod Bowers: bass, backing vocals
Joe Winters: drums

The Steepwater Band: Live at the Double Door

Live at the Double Door is released on their own label Diamond Day Records. Buy it from the band's website.

  1. Indiana Line
  2. Roadblock
  3. Fire Away
  4. Revelation Sunday
  5. Dance Me a Number
  6. Healer
  7. All the Way To Nowhere
  8. Baby, You're On Your Own
  9. A Lot of Love Around
  10. Lord Knows
  11. Steel Sky
  12. One Way Ride
  13. World Keeps Moving On
  14. The Stars Look Good Tonight
  15. Waiting to be Offended (Download Only Bonus Track)

Live dates:
  • 11/24 Leroy's Hot Stuff, Porter, IN
  • 11/26 Ballydoyle's, Bloomingdale, IL
  • 11/27 Up & Under, Milwaukee, WI
  • 12/03 Lucille's, Griffith, IN
  • 12/05 Brown Baer ~ Acoustic Performance, Elkhart Lake, WI
  • 12/10 The Voodoo Lounge, Burbank, IL
  • 12/16 RIBCO, Rock Island, IL
  • 12/17 The Lift (w/ Miles Nielsen), Dubuque, IA
  • 12/18 Vaudeville Mews w/ Monday Mourners, Des Moines, IA
  • 12/31 NYE @ HOB (w/ Robert Randolph & North Mississippi All-Stars), Chicago, IL


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