The Steepwater Band

The Steepwater Band

The Steepwater Band's latest album "LIVE & HUMBLE" was recorded in Chicago on 4/20/13 at the now defunct Ace Bar on West Fullerton Avenue. Jeff Massey (Vocal, Guitar), Tod Bowers (Bass), Joseph Winters (Drums) and Eric Saylors (Guitar, Backing Vocal) played over 200 shows together on the High & Humble Tour leading up to the night of this amazing show, and is the first TSB recording to feature this newly adorned 4-piece lineup. Critics and fans agree, LIVE & HUMBLE captures TSB's kinetic energy, and their own brand of Rock n' Roll improvisation. The record contains over 75 minutes of music, featuring tracks spanning from their previous studio LPs, "Revelation Sunday (2006)", "Grace and Melody (2008)", and "Clava (2011), along with a 16 minute version of John Lee Hooker's "Boom Boom" that rips right into Zeppelin's "How Many More Times" and back again, leaving the listener only wanting more. It is their humble devotion to music, and a commitment to achieving their goals without compromising the integrity of their musical vision that makes The Steepwater Band a rare find.

TSB recruited a Chicago music legend Timothy Powell, of Metro Mobile Recording, to record the show that fateful Spring evening. Timothy's impressive resume includes all the 93XRT Concert Broadcasts, including such greats as Gov't Mule, Los Lobos, Ben Harper, Wilco, The Civil Wars, Robert Plant, and The Black Crowes. Those recordings then went to Producer/Engineer Colin Sipos, who has been at the helm for TSB releases dating back to 2010. Colin's mix is nothing short of amazing, as it sounds as if you are standing directly front-row-center: Guitars panned hard in each speaker, the Drums & Bass rattle you from the center, the vocals glide on top, while the crowd gathers around you.

Formed in Chicago back in 1998, The Steepwater Band's signature sound is a nod to early British blues, combined with a modern, raw and gutsy musical approach. Founding members Massey, Bowers and Winters have a synergy that comes from years of playing together. Then in early 2012, the long-time trio was joined by Saylors, from Indianapolis, IN, who brought an added depth to the TSB LIVE sound. Although the band got their start as devotees of delta blues, they have since been expanding on their influences, absorbing everything from Psychedelia to Americana, from Jazz to 50's Rock n' Roll Music.

The Steepwater Band has maintained a grueling schedule throughout the last 16 years, averaging about 140 shows per year. They have toured and shared the stage with acts such as Gov't Mule, Buddy Guy, Wilco, Taj Mahal, Marc Ford, ZZ Top, T-Model Ford, North Mississippi All Stars, Leon Russell, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Cheap Trick, Bad Company and Heart. In 2005, the band made its European debut, performing at the Azkena Rock Festival in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. In the following years, the band has returned to the United Kingdom and Europe for multiple club and festival tours, increasing their loyal overseas fan-base.

SCALEHOUND is the musical creation of brothers Jonathan and Robert Sirls.

Growing up in rural Western Kentucky with musician parents, the Sirls brothers were exposed to live musical performances at an early age. After a few years of honing their skills in their teens, writing original music became the focus. So the brothers packed up and headed to Nashville, TN to further the cause.

Since moving to Nashville many moons ago, the brothers have released six albums independently (w/Scalehound and also Big Jim Slade) and performed hundreds of shows locally, regionally, and nationally. Some notable experiences include a 4 year residency at popular Nashville venue Mercy Lounge as backing band for the “Everybody’s A Rockstar” Show, multiple appearances at Bonnaroo, and direct support for national acts such as Blind Melon, King’s X, Drive-By Truckers, Blackberry Smoke, Raging Slab, Robert Bradley’s Blackwater Surprise, Kevin Kinney, OkGo, Centromatic, and many more.

In 2011, SCALEHOUND released their self-titled debut album, recorded at The Switchyard in Nashville, TN, with an acoustic, a resonator, and a stomp board. The album contains 11 songs that run the gamut, from swampy opener “The End If We Want It” to heavy closer “Movin On”.

SCALEHOUND also appeared as a featured artist in THE DOCUMENTARY CHANNEL series “Liner Notes”.

In addition to SCALEHOUND, the brothers are also members of Abandon Jalopy, the solo project from Brad Smith of Grammy Nominated/Multi-Platinum act Blind Melon.

SCALEHOUND recently added Terry Thomas (Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies - Atlantic Records) on drums, and will begin recording album #2 in Summer 2019.

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