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THE STEEPWATER BAND
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Great rock and roll bands are not in the large supply that they used to be, however I believe that The Steepwater Band is in that class.
This Chicago four piece (who were a three piece at the time of this recording), is led by guitarist/singer/songwriter Jeff Massey. He crafts blues rock works that run from in-your-face-riff-grooves like "Vanishing Girl", "High And Humble", "Come On Down" to more atmospheric songs like "Remember The Taker", "Won't Be Long For Now", and "Bury My Burden Deep". All these compositions are delivered with penetrating words and melodies, and are not your standard rock cliches. Jeff is also a pretty fantastic guitar player backed by a really tight rhythm section Tod Bowers (Bass), Joseph Winters (Drums). I'm struck by the vast amount of really good songs this band has created over their past few releases. Rock and roll is alive and well as long as bands like The Steepwater Band keep barnstorming the world.

Note: Since this album came out, the band added Eric Saylors (Guitar, Backing Vocal) for a true two guitar attack. Eric was formerly of another band worth checking out..., The Healing Sixes.

posted: March 21, 2014.

 

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