Steamboat contains 11 songs I wrote mainly in the late 1970's for acoustic guitar & vocal. Within the past year I decided to update, rearrage, modify and record them using expanded instrumentation - sort of full band versions in my home studio. In June 2011 I decided to release these 11 songs as an independent artist and have been honing and tweaking them since. They went to mastering in mid August and will be released in September, 2011. The songs are a combination of Country Rock, Folk Rock with 2 songs probably falling into the ballad category.
My style I would define as Jimmy Buffett meets The Byrds. I started playing in rock bands in 1967 and the music of The Byrds has remained one of my main influences so most songs have multiple guitars (including a number of songs with a 12 string Rickenbacker) with something different going on on the right & left stereo channels. I play and sing all parts on the songs except the banjo and mandolin on Sadly For Annie. That includes guitar (my primary instrument), bass (what I started playing in my first band), keyboards (started playing accordian at age 7 so that was easy), drums (have gotten decent at that over the past 3 years), harmonica and whatever else is necessary (harmonica, tambourine, etc.).
Steamboat Town is the title song of the album and that is a song about living in Steamboat Springs Colorado in the late 1970's and playing in a band that played the ski circuits at the time. Steamboat Springs has a special place in my heart because of the beauty and the fun times of my 20's. This song is a good example of The Byrds influence with a bit of Jimmy Buffett style.
Butter Spreadin' Baby on the other hand is a pure country rock song intended for the last set at a rockin' country bar. It is a song about a truck driver's girlfriend (The Butter Spreadin' Baby) that works at a truck stop in Western Kansas - it is a pure fun song and the motto would be "Sometimes...greasy ain't all that bad". I intended for the song to have a great dance beat and it includes a good bit of humor.
Sadly For Annie is somewhat of a Bluegrass song with a great Banjo component and good lyrics and harmony. The message is "despite relationship heartbreaks you never lose yourself - so realize this and you'll see - you will soon be free - and you'll find that everything's better all the time".
Columbia Bay & Who's Fault are both ballads. Columbia Bay a tragic ballad that takes place in the 1850's, and Who's Fault is a commentary on the strife that took place in middle America in the early 1970's just after "Kent State" between the young and the old.
Ghost Ship Writers, Bluewinds and Leavin' are all good examples of the aforementioned "Byrds" influence, while On The Plains and Thanks For Bein' You are love songs.
Sweet Florida Ways is meant to be a rockin' song about living the simple life in Florida and partying with your friends. I'd love for Keith Urban to do this song.