August 18, 2011

The Steepwater Band: CLAVA

Power trio The Steepwater Band recorded their previous studio album Grace and Melody with Marc Ford, one of their musical heroes. It was s sweaty blues rock album that sounded great. They named the new album CLAVA, named after the studio South Side of Chicago where the album was recorded. No Ford this time, but tthe knowledgeable staff of an indie studio.

The Steepwater Band keep a busy live schedule and recording was sandwiched between tours. Coming fresh form the road, they were able to take the excitement of their live show to the studio, stretching the songs when the mood struck them - which was quite often - and using false endings (Remember the Taker) to catch the listener on the wrong foot. The songs are hitting a bit harder - especially drummer Joe Winters makes himself heard during slowed down intros (Won't Be Long For Now). Singer and guitarist Jeff Massey sounds more confident than ever, delivering his slightly hoarse vocals with gusto, aiming for the listener's gut. Bass player Tod Bowers is the rock solid anchor with a fluent style about halfway Noel Redding and Andy Hess.

The Steepwater Band: Clava

CLAVA is released on Diamond Day. Buy it through the band's website.

  1. Remember the Taker
  2. Vanishing Girl
  3. Come on Down
  4. Love Never Ends
  5. Bury My Burden Deep
  6. High and Humble
  7. Won't be Long for Now
  8. Out on Love
  9. Off the Rails
  10. Meet Me in the Aftermath

Live dates:
  • 08/20 Farmfest 450 Festival (w/ Backyard Tire Fire, Miles Nielsen & the Rusted Hearts and more), , Kinsman, IL
  • 08/21 The Spirit of Peace & Music Festival, Freeport, IL
  • 08/25 Double Door w/ Sleepy Sun and Buffalo Killers, Chicago, IL
  • 08/26 Brother's Lounge, Cleveland, OH
  • 08/27 Mainstay, Cincinnati, OH
  • 09/03 Space w/ Candy Golde, Evanston, IL
  • 09/09 Chuck's Fest at Toyota Park, Bridgeview, IL
  • 09/10 Club Garibaldi, Milwaukee, WI
  • 09/11 Brown Baer - Acoustic Performance, Elkhart Lake, WI
  • 09/16 Lucille's, Griffith, IN
  • 09/22 Cosmic Charlies w/ Sundown Service, Lexington, KY
  • 09/23 The 5 Spot, Nashville, TN
  • 09/24 Summit City Lounge, Whitesburg, KY


HCTF review of Grace and Melody.

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