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Award winning singer-songwriter, Steve Power has been described as, "..Dave Edmunds meets The Fabulous Thunderbirds on the way to see Led Zeppelin." Steve's voice and songwriting skills have drawn references by commentators to the likes of Raul Malo, Lyle Lovett and Tom Waits and received acclaim from Billy Joe Shaver to Elwood Blues. Steve has just released his third album of original material, The Austin Chronicles, with a host of iconic Austin musicians lending support.
Steve Power has been entertaining since his childhood in California where he sang duets with his mother for tips in San Diego restaurants. After leaving school, Steve: Criss-crossed the United States, hitching from coast to coast and border to border; played harmonica with John Lee Hooker, sang with Joe Cocker; and stood as onstage bodyguard to Little Richard.
Having survived attempted shootings, car wrecks and various governments, Steve washed up on the friendly shores of Wales, a country with a rich musical heritage. He fit right into this fertile pool of talent, playing with all the local legends, guys with track records that include the likes of Dave Edmunds, Bo Diddley, Tom Jones, Van Morrison, and many others. Voted U.R.D.A. Musician of the Year in 1992 , Steve also contributed music to the award winning Welsh language film Boy Soldier and formed the nearly famous Sting Like a Bee, by consensus the best American/Welsh R&B band ever. Steve even received accolades from Elwood Blues (just ask Dan!). The legendary Sting Like A Bee completed a 20th aniversary reunion tour of Ireland and Wales in January 2010, breaking house records on three occasions!
In 2002 Steve released his second album of original material and what was to become a cult classic, the critically acclaimed CD The Journey, on UK label Javelin Records. Co-produced and recorded by former Dave Edmunds bassist and multiple platinum songwriter/producer John David, The Journey was extremely well received, generating glowing reviews within the international Americana community and airplay from Austria to Australia. Money and Fun was No.1 in the Alternative Country Chart and Charlene reached No.2 in the Cardiff Talent Chart. Youíre Too Late, Iím Gone was an award winner for Blues in the Austin Songwriterís Group Song Contest. With incredible longevity, in 2007 Till We Kiss placed at #1 on the Indie Country Online Chart with two other songs in the top 10. All the songs were written by Steve Power and performed by an outstanding group of A-list musicians and equally A-list friends. The credits include former Van Morrison drummer, Colin Griffin, Ray Davies guitarist Pete Matheson, Shakin' Stevens bass player Bob Watkins, and the extraordinary multi-instrumentalist Ian Lawrence, ex-Shakin' Stevens, on dobro and acoustic guitar.
Arriving in Austin Texas in 2003, Steve continued his pattern of connecting with the best of the best, joining forces with former Joe Ely stalwart the truly legendary guitar slinger, Jesse "Guitar" Taylor with whom he recorded the EP Somewhere in Texas, receiving great response from media personalities as diverse as Jody Denberg in Austin and Jan Douwe Kroeske, creator of Dutch television's, Two Meter Sessions.
2010 saw Steveís release of the EP, Nothin' On The Radio, spotlighting two Steve Power compositions and the intimately beautiful DiMaggio, written by Canadian Mike Plume. Steve was joined on the project by Austin legend, guitarist Casper Rawls, Johnny Cash piano man, dean of honky tonk, and Mississippi gentleman, Earl Poole Ball, fiddle wizard, Warren Hood, Asleep At The Wheel upright and Fender bassist, David Miller, and from Warsaw Falcons, Mark Leshner on drums. This outstanding group of renowned Austin musicians gathered at South Austinís historic Cedar Creek Recording, home of the 1973 Neve console formerly installed at Graceland and used on Elvis Presley's last three albums.
In May, 2013 Steve released a brand new CD, The Austin Chronicles. Returning to his recording home at Cedar Creek Steve used the opportunity to put together a stellar core band of some of the most respected musicians in Austin, Texas; Phil Hurley - guitar, Ron G'Aregino - piano / B3, Jeff Hays - upright / electric bass, and Pete "The Beat" Langhans - drums, with featured performances by Carolyn Wonderland, Warren Hood, Ponty Bone, Michael Cross, and Kim Deschamps.
In addition to the Seergio Leone inspired Feeling Like This, the Little Feat flavored Austincentric Paved in Gold, the down in the alley blues, Hurtville and the wonderfully weird homage to unrequited love, The Stalker, The Austin Chronicles includes as bonus tracks; the last recorded performance of Steve's dear friend, Jesse "Guitar" Taylor,Flying My Way Home, plus three songs from the Nothing on the Radio EP.
Having performed at thousands of venues from strip clubs and brothels to theatres and stadiums, Steve Power continues to write great songs, make great records, and put on great shows the whole time telling more tales than Scherazade and never once letting the truth get in the way of a good story.
Steve Power has joined forces with legendary Austin bluesman, Matthew Robinson. Steve has put together three of Austin's most respected musicians, Ron D'Argenio, Jeff Hayes, and Pete Langhans to form The Jelly Kings creating with Matt one of the very finest truely authentic Texas blues bands Texas has to offer. Production is well under way on a new record for Matthew. Steve is in the producers chair with rccording be done at Parrot Traks Studio in Manchaca, TX, George Coyne, engineer. Further info can be found at www.matthewrobinson.us
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