Monday, November 14, 2016

Steven Graves | New Album Set for Release January 6, 2017



Steven Graves’ five-piece, all-original Americana/California Country band has been busy expanding their audience Nationally by touring throughout the Westcoast and garning significant radio play throughout the US. and abroad with his 2015 release "Mission Bell".  Steven's 5th full length CD,  "Captain Soul" is set to release in early January of 2017, and is expected to do very well in the Americana and Jamband arenas.    Steven describes his new CD as a bit more rocking, “a little bit like the Eagles meet the Grateful Dead and throw in some Pink Floyd as well”!   True to his tendency to bring a wide range of styles into the mix, this album has a beautiful range of diversity, from a classic old Sam Cooke ballad, an old school Meryl Haggard waltz, together with a lot of straight ahead rockers with Graves signature thoughtful and insightful song writing.  The band highlighted this year playing Tucson Folk Festival,  the Flagstaff Folk Festival, and many successful shows in Northern and Southern California, as well as  Arizona, and Oregon.

Steven describes his new CD as a bit more rocking, “a little bit like the Eagles meet the Grateful Dead and throw in some Pink Floyd as well”!   True to his tendency to bring a wide range of styles into the mix, this album has a beautiful range of diversity, from a classic old Sam Cooke ballad, an old school Meryl Haggard waltz, together with a lot of straight ahead rockers with Graves signature thoughtful and insightful song writing.  The band highlighted this year playing Tucson Folk Festival,  the Flagstaff Folk Festival, and many successful shows in Northern and Southern California, as well as  Arizona, and Oregon.

Steven describes his “socially conscious” roots music. He explains, “We’re kind of our own genre! I like to throw elements of country, folk rock, Gospel and even reggae into the melting pot and see what emerges. We are all about authenticity and making music that is inspiring and helps people feel good. After all, that’s what it’s all about. Music is the medicine and its fun too!” Steven puts a new and fresh spin on old-school country and folk rock grooves not only with stellar instrumentation that includes sax, electric and acoustic guitars, keys, drums, and bass, but also soaring vocal harmonies.

There is a new age spiritualism that permeates through most of his compositions. He was nominated in 2013 for a Native American Music Award for his “White Buffalo” song, co-written with Ray Newkirk. Graves has worked closely with grassroots organizations helping Native American communities. One of Steven’s biggest fans and advocates is Dennis McNally, who collaborated with the Grateful Dead for more than thirty years. With McNally’s help, the band has an ever growing presence in the Grateful Dead and jam band circles.

Steven brings with him a group of seasoned and veteran musicians including; bassist David Mendoza (Lydia Pense & Coldblood), vocalist and drummer David Tucker (Tommy Castro, Maria Mauldar), guitarist Duncan Shipton, and sax player Armen Boyd (Big Band Beat). Other musicians that often play and tour with the band include vocalist Alysha Antonino (Pete Escovido), pianist Jon Dryden (Norah Jones) and pedal steel player Bruce Wandemayer (Trailer Park Troubadours).

Captain Soul will be released January 6th, 2017 - stevengravesmusic.com

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