The Steepwater Band review…April 3, 2016…

THE STEEPWATER BAND

SHAKE YOUR FAITH

DIAMOND DAY RECORDS

SHAKE YOUR FAITH–MAMA GOT TO RAMBLE–BE AS IT MAY–BREAK–BRING ON THE LOVE–JEALOUS OF YOUR WAY–I WILL NEVER KNOW–WALK IN THE LIGHT–GONE GOODBYE–LAST SECOND CHANCE–AIN’T GOT LOVE

The Steepwater Band mixes a strong dose of classic blues-rock with British Invasion swagger–at their recent live shows, it was not unheard of for them to play the Stones’ “Get Your Ya-Ya’s Out” in its entirety before playing their own material.  That hard-rockin’ attitude is the backbone of their sixth studio album, eleven originals that will “Shake Your Faith!”  Jeff Massey is on vocals and guitar, Todd Bowers is on bass, Joe Winters is on drums,  Jim Wirt is on keys, and the band’s newest member, Eric Saylors, is on lead and rhythm guitars.

The party starts with the midtempo title cut, urging us to all stand up and let nothing “Shake Your Faith,” featuring two bristling solos.  A song reminiscent of vintage Faces is another stone rocker, where “Mama Got To Ramble, her man don’t understand,” because, sometimes, “after all you’ve done, you’ve done all you can.”

The fellows mellow things out a bit, with the guitar-stoked ballad, “Bring On The Love,” and get downright bluesy thru the use of mandolin and lap steel from Eric on a tune dealing with love lost and found anew, “I Will Never Know.”

The set closes with our favorite.  A killer six-note riff permeates the Muddy Waters-inspired rockin’ blues of “If you Ain’t Got Love, you ain’t got nothing to lay down on the line!”  Vicious solos from Eric and Jeff, as well as Jim’s underlying keyboards, make this one a real blues party!

The Steepwater Band recorded “Shake Your Faith” as a set meant to be experienced straight thru, from first cut to last.  We found this to be the case, as the whole thing is a sweet sonic journey, full of excellent musicians on top of their game, and soulful, emotion-packed songwriting!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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