MP3 Steve Smith And The The Meteors - Steve Smith And The The Meteors
Old-school blues - down & out to uptown.
14 MP3 Songs in this album (50:34) !
Related styles: BLUES: Rockin'' Blues, BLUES: Chicago Style
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So who is this no-label, no publicity, no support Steve Smith?
Steve Smith is a guy who has been around for years, picking up an impressive resume, playing great music, and going largely unnoticed. While located in Virginia, Steve has played in 13 states (this becomes more impressive when you realize that he books himself) and established his reputation “under the radar”.
Steve loves playing music and loves blues. There is no rock-guy-turned-blues here, just the real deal. That’s right: Steve is a man who has remained true to the music through good times and bad (and blues has seen some bad times).
For his first solo effort, Steve journeyed to his favorite place in the world: Memphis, Tennessee. Most of the disc was recorded by Roland Janes at Phillips Recording; some tracks were cut at Easley Studios by Doug Easley. Steve’s longtime sidekick Pete Del Vitto played harmonica. Memphians Robert Hall on drums and BB Cunningham on bass (they are Jerry Lee Lewis’ rhythm section) rounded out the band. Ross Johnson (drums) and Jeff Evans (guitar) were the musicians on three very old-school cuts.
Steve is a recognized songwriter, often compared to the great Percy Mayfield (say this to Steve and he’ll blush, but it does make him happy!). Steve estimates that he has written over 100 compositions and the disc features 13 of them.
“Chili Dogs”, which opens the disc, is a popular item at Steve’s shows and has already generated a cover version! “Weedkiller” and “TV Repairman” are funky grooves, the latter’s lyrics are in the classic double-entendre popular in blues. “Lightning Bolt” is a guitar-drums duet in the raw style of Lightning Hopkins. Another raw, downhome rocker is “LTN”, written in Lebanon, Tennessee (get it?) and featuring slide guitar. There is the great “Working Two Jobs”, sure to become a standard and the plaintive “Love’s Too Much Like Work”. “Larry II” has a Blue Note feel and the swing crowd will enjoy “Extra Sauce”. Most cuts feature the BIG tone of Pete DelVitto’s harp, and throughout the proceedings the band sounds relaxed and tight.
Rick Holmstrom, an undisputed heavyweight of blues had this to say: "Steve Smith and the Meteors are part of a dying breed. That is, corner bar blues bands that don''t rely on volume, flash, overdone chestnuts or wasted notes. They have a respect for the tradition but don''t let it mess with their ability to say something relevant. And most importantly, these guys know what most blues bands don''t...that it''s more about the notes you don''t play than the ones you do."