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Mango Music

by Rick Steffen

"Mango Music" makes it's musical mark blending Blues lyrics and Island rhythms with a new genre called Caribbean Blues.
Genre: Rock: Tropical Rock
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1. Caribbean Blues RICK STEFFEN
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2. Watering Hole RICK STEFFEN
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4. Where Have All the Flowers Gone RICK STEFFEN
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5. Weekends in De Islands RICK STEFFEN
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6. Votesong RICK STEFFEN
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7. Spend Some Time With You RICK STEFFEN
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8. One Wave At a Time RICK STEFFEN
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9. Wastin' My Time RICK STEFFEN
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10. The Great Divide RICK STEFFEN
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11. Internet Overload RICK STEFFEN
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13. Give Til It Hurts RICK STEFFEN
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Album Notes
Key West and Daytona veteran singer/songwriter Rick Steffen has performed along the Florida Shoreline to his Island, Blues, & Country, fans for almost three decades.
Now, his new CD "Mango Music" takes his experience and musical style into a new genre worthy of the moniker, Caribbean Blues.
With the help of the giant talents of: Guitarist, Clarence Weares from Trinidad & Jamaica, having played on albums with Toots & Maytals, Sly & Robbie, Sparrow, Dennis Brown and Windjammer from world famous Ocean Deck fame @ Daytona Beach, and Drummer, & 14 year partner Steve (Mudlips) Mello, also of Windjammer/Ocean Deck fame, & the recorded hits "Smoke 2 Joints"(copied by Sublime), also plays the organ, melodica (hooter), and lead vocals.
Mark Hodgson - Career Blues/Harmonica man/ songwriter/singer with 6 Blues music CDs of his own, adds his magic for a perfect compliment to the Caribbean Blues genre. Steel drummers Kelvin Hart and Joe Isadore from Trinidad round out the sound on this unique project with tasty signature licks.
This arsenal of seasoned players takes the songwriting, Caribbean Blues, and Rick's vocals to a special level and feeling.
This is the latest CD of 4 releases.(2005)
CARIBBEAN BLUES - Samba rhythms with Blues lyrics. The only way you can have the blues in the islands is to lose your boat or your woman or run out of rum.
WATERING HOLE - The point of common ground for the working class or the executives. This song underlines that FUN & social comradere should always be included in our priorities.
GOOD LUCK - Some of the most rewarding relationships are the ones we have with mentoring. A nostalgic look at beachcombing days with Rick’s Uncle and
FLOWERS - Yes ! It’s a revisit of the Pete Seeger and Peter Paul & Mary anti-war song, “Where Have All the Flowers Gone” - Self explanatory ... but will they get it?
WEEKENDS IN DE ISLANDS - Most everyone thinks of this great escape at least once a day...... Here’s some help. May emerge with Christmas lyrics as “Xmas In the Islands”.
VOTESONG - The Political climate in the country has gone way out of kilter and divided the nation like never before. Even Viet Nam had better statistics and acceptance. Here is Rick’s encouragement to get people to vote and get the country back into unity.
SPEND SOME TIME WITH YOU - A Kenny Rogers style love song that laments the pressures in society and business while Love and other virtues get overlooked.
ONE WAVE AT A TIME - A Caribbean Blues style sailing song about a loner and his sailboat. Philosophical and empathetic with that feeling we all get when we feel alone. Pirates unite!!
WASTIN’ MY TIME - More soul searching philosophy that seeks to find real values for life
THE GREAT DIVIDE - Marvelous anticipated acceptance encouraged.
INTERNET OVERLOAD - A fun double entendre song where computer terms weave through a story line about the bayou life of a Cajun and the attitude he would have if forced to “do” Internet communication.
GIVE ‘TIL IT HURTS - An uplifting soul statement that focuses on the very real process of initiation bringing about positive breathtaking personal life changes.

They are playing in Aug. at the Daytona Rumfest & in Nov.in Key West. Tunes on Sirius Satellite Radio.


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Art Perry

A must for your trop rock collection.
The latest release from talented singer/songwriter Rick Steffen is called Mango Music. As with his past efforts, Rick tries his hand at many different genres, but it's even more apparent, and successful, this time out. Yes, make no mistake that Steffen fits in nicely under the general heading of "Trop Rock", the term that has come to describe the musical progeny of Jimmy Buffett, but there is much more here than sipping frozen concoctions under a palm tree. With Mango Music, he seems to go in many different directions - reggae, blues, calypso, samba, folk, even a touch of zydeco - all of which keeps the album fresh and interesting through multiple listenings.

Rick has developed into a fine songwriter, penning eleven of the dozen songs represented here. Thoughtful lyrics on subjects ranging from the demons of technology to love lost in paradise to politics to good old-fashioned love songs are all here in this fine collection. It was with some trepidation that I first listened to the lone cover song, that old protest chestnut, "Where Have All The Flowers Gone." I have always found this song to be not only moving but depressing as well, and it didn't seem to be the kind of song that Rick would include in an album of largely tropical rhythms. But when I listened to this arrangement, I heard something that has only been successfully pulled off once before to my recollection. By setting Pete Seeger's moody lyrics to an upbeat, reggae rhythm, the song takes on a completely different feel, much as Willy Deville did by teaming up the dark lyrics of "Hey Joe" with a mariachi backdrop. Who says that protest songs have to sound depressing?

Musically, Steffen and band have never sounded better. From the polish of veteran Caribbean guitarist Clarence Wares to the wail of bluesman Mark Hodgson's soulful harp, one gets the impression this line-up can take Rick in any direction he wants to go. And they prove just that with "Internet Overload". Reading the liner notes prior to listening to this track, I noted that the band was attempting a zydeco tune, but I couldn't help but notice that the prerequisite accordion was nowhere to be seen. To my surprise and utter delight, Rick pulls some musical slight of hand from up his sleeve and substitutes Hodgson's harmonica - and it works!

I've been playing Rick Steffen music for years, both on the air and at home. For serious trop rock collectors, Mango Music is a must for your collection. For those who may just be exploring this genre for the first time, this will serve as an excellent primer for you. From insightful lyrics to top notch musicianship, Mango Music has it all.

Art Perry
WKHS 90.5
Worton/Baltimore, MD


Mango Music Mambo
CD Baby took my order seamlessly online; it seemed as if I turned around and MANGO MUSIC was at my door. Sophie, umbrella cockatoo, the other birds and I were dancing around the house within minutes. Mango Music is another Rick Steffen treasure. There are moments the instrumentals take your breath away. Overall, as juicy as it's namesake. Thanks to all!