Steve's Music

I've been playing music since the late 1960's (damn, I'm OLD!) in various groups in and around the Greater Cincinnati area. I play guitar and bass, and I've usually been one of the lead singers (we won't talk about the time I actually fronted a group, doing only singing). I currently play in this group: TOAST . I also play the occasional solo acoustic gig --just me, a mic, a six-string acoustic, a 12-string acoustic, a pedal board, and a Bose sound system.

Equipment? Current acoustic guitars: a Seagull Artist Studio, 2013 (solid spruce top, solid rosewood back and sides, my main guitar on those acoustic gigs); a Guild GAD F212 12-string, 2011 (solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides--also used on those solo acoustic gigs); a Seagull Performer, 2007 (solid cedar top, wild cherry laminate back and sides); a Guild OM-140ce, 2018 (solid spruce top, solid mahogany back and sides). Current electric guitars: Guild Starfire V semi-hollow electric, 1964. Current basses: Roscoe 5-string LG3005 bass, 2000 (my main axe in TOAST, now fretless!); a Rickenbacker 4001 bass, 1974; an Epiphone El Capitan fretless acoustic 5-string bass, build year uncertain. Current amps & PA: Bose L1 1S system with B1 bass module; Mackie PROFX8 8-Channel Mixer; Ampeg Portaflex 4x10 cabinet with Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 head and with additional Ampeg Portaflex 2x10 cabinet if needed; Sennheiser e835 vocal mic. Pedalboard (used for solo/duo acoustic guitar gigs): passive DOD 270 A/B/ switch; DigiTech JamMan Solo XT looper; Digitech 3-function foot switch for looper; TC-Helicon Harmony Singer; Boss Bass Chorus CEB-3; Wampler Tumnus Overdrive pedal; Dunlop CBM95 Cry Baby Mini Wah Pedal

I occasionally put together an original song. One of my 'projects' is to put together some of my original songs (as well as some of cover tunes I do) in a decent enough format that I could cobble together a CD to give to coffee house/bar owners where I'd like to play. To that end, I picked up Logic Pro X for Macintosh, and a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface to connect to my laptop.

Here's my first effort, a song of mine called "Slip Away" -- this is an approximation of what I do with it on solo gigs: I have the song on a loop, so I can solo over the chords and add a 'second' guitar. The guitar is my Seagull Artist Studio, without effects for the chords (though I did the 'John Lennon' trick and played the chords twice to 'fatten' the sound), then through an overdrive filter for the solos: Slip Away

Here's another one. Now, in my defense, as you know if you read anything on this site, I'm a writer of fiction -- a professional liar. Nothing in the attached song actually happened to me. This here's another original tune, "Quid Pro Quo" done in Logic Pro X. Just me and a couple tracks of my Seagull. There are a couple glitches in the playing and singing that I might go back and fix at some point, but this gets the gist of the song down with decent fidelity. Quid Pro Quo

This is the "Hi-Tech Rich Guy Blues." It's also probably the original I end up singing the most, as the full band occasionally does this one, and when I play solo, someone will fairly often request this. This one came about when the band was playing at a club in the hoiity-toity rich end of town. There was a guy at the bar, drinking a high end single malt, wearing an expensive leather jacket and brand-name skinny jeans, with a BMW-logo keychain sticking out of his pocket and wearing a Rolex on his wrist. "Hey, play some blues for me," he proclaimed loudly, and I just had to laugh at the dichotomy of evidently wealthy guy wanting some blues.  So when I got home that night, I scribbled down these lyrics to a standard blues riff. I've changed it a few times over the year, since technology keeps changing (and I'll probably have to change it again in the future, but...  You'll get the idea.  This version's done largely as I'd do it solo, with a loop playing so I can do stuff over it.  High Tech Rich Guy Blues

"You've Gone" was originally done in Garageband, but I've taken the Garageband files through Logic Pro -- I'm doing all the bass, guitars, keyboards, and vocals; everything except the drums, which are loops with occasional 'hits' from keyboard percussion: You've Gone

Another one imitating a solo gig's sound -- Leave Me Alone. A pretty simple tune which I'll mostly let speak for itself.

This last one's entirely instrumental and slow and l-o-o-n-g -- which means it may be an excessively long download, too -- the oldest of the songs and perhaps boring unless you like instrumental New Agey material... I'm playing all the parts, mostly on keyboard this time, with occasional guitar. Again, this was done entirely in Garageband. 'Nise's Theme

More to come as I record them!