111 East 6th Street
Newport, KY, 41071
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is all ages
I’ve basically played guitar for as long as I can remember. I don’t think of myself as being self taught as the influence of so many greats is what fueled my obsession with this instrument. From Jimi Hendrix to Django Reinhardt to Jason Becker; I learnt from the best.
Since day one, I always found it easier and more intriguing to create songs rather than learn existing ones, so the compositional element of my music is somewhat deep rooted. I’ve released 3 albums of original material and performed all over the world in some radically different musical situations and environments. I love to adapt.
In the early days I was playing my own kind of weird amalgam of blues, rock and funk, later resorting to a solo acoustic format to facilitate the touring I wanted to do. In recent years I’ve toured predominantly with my own trio featuring drum and bass players I connected with in Nashville, TN.
My latest release is an EP called ToeJam and with this project I decided to simply write, produce and release 4 songs as a kind of taste of where I may go next. Rather than worry about the repercussions of the music I was creating, I simply followed my instincts and ensured that I was heavily involved in the production by writing as well as playing almost all the instruments.
For me the most absolute thrill is to share my music with an audience. The musical stratosphere has an incredibly rich and vast library of music, and my highest goal as an artist and performer is to make some kind of significant contribution to it.
Am a rocker? ...kind of I guess. Am I a jazzer? ...to some maybe. Am I a pop singer? um, not exactly... I just live for that moment when you stumble on some kind of musical germ that could infect its way onto a stage in some far flung corner of the world. And that’s what I get to do for a job.
Not bad for an Australian bush kid.
The only thing stronger than the musical talents binding together the band Sleepin’ Dogs, a group of four Bishop Brossart High School graduates, is their 12 mile area roots. “I think a cool thing about the band is we’re from southern Campbell County,” said Randy Steffen, 23, the band’s lead singer and songwriter. “It’s country out there. I love it.” The band’s other members are Joe Seiter, 22, bass guitar; Zach Rowe, 21, lead guitar and lap steel guitar; and Adam Record, 23, drummer. All have connections to Northern Kentucky University. Steffen graduated from in December with a bachelor’s degree in radio and television. Rowe is music major, and Seiter is a graphic design major. Record had attended NKU, and is employed as a union iron worker. “It’s a mix between rock and country, what we’ve all grown up with,” Steffen said. (Chris Mayhew)
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