Steff Kayser | The Roads That Cross the Great Divide

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The Roads That Cross the Great Divide

by Steff Kayser

The culmination of a lifelong personal and passionate relationship with music.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. The Roads That Cross the Great Divide Steff
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2. I'd Do It All Over Again Steff
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3. Chinatown Steff
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4. A Garden of Light Steff
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5. Party-Pooper Suzie Steff
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6. The Water Is Wide Steff
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Seattle-based folk artist STEFF Kayser plays and sings with precision and passion. Long in demand as accompanist, bandmate and session player, 2012 sees STEFF release his debut solo CD “The Roads that Cross the Great Divide.” Chris Lunn (Victory Music/Ancient Victorys) writes: “...as starved as this writer is for Kayser’s singing and writing, I am a happy man !”

Now it is time to spread the word further and wider. We hope that you will take some time to listen and discover an artist whose music is captivating at first 'taste' and upon closer listening reveals an aural treat in the many layers of subtle artistry that permeate his compositions and performances.

Darkness and light….humor and gravity….discover the dichotomies that call him to find his center in the title song "The Roads that Cross the Great Divide," the sensitivity in the 90-year chronicle of his father's life in "I'd Do It All Over Again," the pure and naked vocals of the heart-wrenching "Chinatown" and the Aristophanic humor in “Party Pooper Suzie.” In roughly 33 minutes, Steff demonstrates his mastery of blending all aspects of a song into a singular focused expression.

Listen with your ears and hear compelling rhythms, tuneful melodies and superb musicianship.
Listen with your mind and discover rich, intriguing lyrics and remarkably detailed arrangements.
Listen with your heart and STEFF’s music just might take you on a journey to the deeper corners of your soul.

STEFF earned 2nd place in the 2010 Tumbleweed Songwriting Contest & was a Finalist in 2012 with "The Roads that Cross the Great Divide," the title cut of his new CD. An insightful composer and brilliant interpreter of others’ material, Steff offers unique and diverse performances in a soulful soaring voice and musical talents that delight the most discerning of audiences.

Engaged in music since his early teens, Steff found inspiration in the works of James Taylor, CSN, The Beatles, Bob Dylan and Van Morrison among others. With the help of talents such as multi-instrumentalist Joel Tepp (Bonnie Raitt/Little Feat), Camila Recchio (Total Experience Gospel Choir) and Grammy award-winning engineer Garey Shelton (The Believers/Danny O'Keefe), Steff has produced an outstanding musical offering.

Listen and enjoy !

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“Looks great ! Love the CD. It sounds fantastic and the writing, arrangements and instrumentation are fabulous ! Congrats my friend !”
- Larry Murante, Seattle, WA John Lennon Grand Prize Wiiner 2009


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Dan Keusal

Seattle side-man finally steps into the spotlight--and shines!
For years, Seattle-area musicians have sought out Steff Kayser to accompany them on stage and in the studio. With this impressive debut EP, we finally get treated to Steff, center-stage--and the result will leave you wanting more. From the opening groove of the title cut, to the swing of "I'd Do It All Over Again," to the aching poignancy of "Chinatown," Steff's guitar work is at once precise and free-flowing, his vocals invitingly warm and yet captivating in their power. The lyrics of his own compositions range from thoughtful to clever to funny--occasionally all at the same time. And his choice of covers? Well, "The Water is Wide" is already a classic, and after hearing Steff's version of "Chinatown," you'll agree that with a wider hearing it should BECOME a classic. One other note: the consistently excellent sound quality of the entire CD would be impressive if it had been done in a high-end studio; that it was recorded by Steff himself at home just goes to show that in the hands of a truly great sound engineer, one who weds a discerning ear with a perfectionist's attention to craft, even a home studio can yield spectacular results. Buy it, listen to it, enjoy it--you'll want to "do it all over again."

Candice

Virtual Connections
I hate to give anyone a five star review; it's almost too much pressure but believe me, this is close! I heard about the CD via email thru connections with the artist we both have in common. I would likely not have known about Steff w/out that other connection because my usual genres are more jazz-related but I really like what he's done here.
Always a mistake to overlook music I don't "think" I'd be interested in, mm?
Hope you check this out for yourself.
CW