Robert Steel | The Calm Waters of Youth

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The Calm Waters of Youth

by Robert Steel

A gripping collection of songs about the peril of his youth. Few songwriters have this knack for the true on-your-sleeve honesty that Robert incorporates into the craft. Releasing tension with one lyric line only to punch you in the gut with the next line
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1. 1980 Huffy Pro Thunder
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2. I Want To Say Amy
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3. Piece of Another Puzzle
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4. Marissa
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5. Running To Catch Up
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6. Many Happy Days
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7. Goodnight To My Childhood
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8. Promise Broke
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9. Motherf*#kin' Spiders
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10. Let's Pretend
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Robert's lived an interesting life and his character is displayed in the fact that he was married through his senior year of high school, working at a factory 6 days a week from 4pm-1am during that time to help support his wife and daughter, all while still graduating high school.

At age 39 he left a corporate job of 17 years and moved to Austin, TX to be more music centric. In his first 3 years in Austin he has released an EP, a full length album and recorded, produced or engineered many others.

He has the ability to tell stories with pure honesty, not caring what you think, not caring what picture he is painting. It is displayed time and time again in his songs from his childhood bike, to a girl he loved from grade school, through his senior year, to envy of his step-brother and a girl he dated in junior high that he can't remember the name of and recalls little more than that they stoled a window decal from taco bell once. It's not often you run across a wordsmith of this caliber in songwriting.

Robert's songs appeal to me on a variety of levels. At times his approach is highly sentimental; at other times it's very funny. What's more important, though, is the understated honesty that permeates his work, reminiscent of great American songwriters, like John Prine. When you see Robert Steel live, you come to realise that here is a man who, despite the trials he has faced that are detailed in his songs, is a genuine, good man and we can all learn from his music.
Dan Edwards, Electric Mountain Rotten Apple Gang

Musically, a southwestern Oklahoma native would seem an unlikely source for anything that wouldn’t hint at country-esque songwriting. Robert Steel’s music is the exception. Robert is a story teller, but not in the conventional sense. Many story-telling songwriters will draw from personal experiences, and -by the conclusion of the tune- have things wrapped up in a sterile little bow. Robert lays down a roadmap for himself, and lets the listener look over his shoulder as he tries to figure out where he’s at in life. Indeed, Robert’s songs attempt to answer the famous David Byrne query; “How did I get here?” But he goes about it in a much more subtle -and occasionally humorous- way. Few songwriters have this knack for the true on-your-sleeve honesty that Robert incorporates into the craft. With the assistance of beautifully finger picked guitar melodies, Robert relates his own experiences without the filters of modesty or ignominy. Subsequently, an attentive listener becomes part of the experience.
Sonically, it’s easy to draw airy aesthetic comparisons to the great Leonard Cohen when listening to Robert for the first time. Further listening exposes other parallels to Cohen’s writing approach. Robert’s songs are a blend of folk and American culture references that a younger Cohen might have written if he had lived in Austin Texas where Robert now resides.
Neil Brincks, Featherhead

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