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Steve Smith And The The Meteors

by Steve Smith And The The Meteors

Old-school blues - down & out to uptown.
Genre: Blues: Rockin' Blues
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1. Chili Dogs
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2. Working Two Jobs
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3. Rollin' for Roland
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4. TV Repairman
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5. LTN
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6. Same Mistake Twice
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7. Weed Killer
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8. Love's Too Much Like Work
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9. Lightning Bolt
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10. No Need to Look Further
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11. Larry II aka Bobby
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12. Perfect Health
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13. A & R BBQ
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14. Extra Sauce
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
So who is this no-label, no publicity, no support Steve Smith?

Steve Smith is a guy who has been around for years, picking up an impressive resume, playing great music, and going largely unnoticed. While located in Virginia, Steve has played in 13 states (this becomes more impressive when you realize that he books himself) and established his reputation “under the radar”.

Steve loves playing music and loves blues. There is no rock-guy-turned-blues here, just the real deal. That’s right: Steve is a man who has remained true to the music through good times and bad (and blues has seen some bad times).

For his first solo effort, Steve journeyed to his favorite place in the world: Memphis, Tennessee. Most of the disc was recorded by Roland Janes at Phillips Recording; some tracks were cut at Easley Studios by Doug Easley. Steve’s longtime sidekick Pete Del Vitto played harmonica. Memphians Robert Hall on drums and BB Cunningham on bass (they are Jerry Lee Lewis’ rhythm section) rounded out the band. Ross Johnson (drums) and Jeff Evans (guitar) were the musicians on three very old-school cuts.

Steve is a recognized songwriter, often compared to the great Percy Mayfield (say this to Steve and he’ll blush, but it does make him happy!). Steve estimates that he has written over 100 compositions and the disc features 13 of them.

“Chili Dogs”, which opens the disc, is a popular item at Steve’s shows and has already generated a cover version! “Weedkiller” and “TV Repairman” are funky grooves, the latter’s lyrics are in the classic double-entendre popular in blues. “Lightning Bolt” is a guitar-drums duet in the raw style of Lightning Hopkins. Another raw, downhome rocker is “LTN”, written in Lebanon, Tennessee (get it?) and featuring slide guitar. There is the great “Working Two Jobs”, sure to become a standard and the plaintive “Love’s Too Much Like Work”. “Larry II” has a Blue Note feel and the swing crowd will enjoy “Extra Sauce”. Most cuts feature the BIG tone of Pete DelVitto’s harp, and throughout the proceedings the band sounds relaxed and tight.

Rick Holmstrom, an undisputed heavyweight of blues had this to say: "Steve Smith and the Meteors are part of a dying breed. That is, corner bar blues bands that don't rely on volume, flash, overdone chestnuts or wasted notes. They have a respect for the tradition but don't let it mess with their ability to say something relevant. And most importantly, these guys know what most blues bands don't...that it's more about the notes you don't play than the ones you do."

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Annette Pugnetti

Steve Smith and the Meteors
I liked it :--) To me, it is a unique and interesting sound combination of what I would like to call "Rocking Jazz Blues"--Cool!!!!
Keep it up! Annette
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sean elgar

really good!
This CD has a great sound, sometimes raelly raw and sometimes a little more uptown. This is real Southern Blues and sounds like a 1950's roadhouse. Several songs are begging to be covered, like if BB King did Two Jobs Steve would be a legend. The harp is fine as well. An artist with something to say, the songs are very real. I really like it, Rick Holmstrom must like it, you will two.
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Shank Devol

The Real Deal
Definitive DC blues in the vein of Catfish Hodge. Steve's guitar is incendiary, but the vocals are the real high point of the fourteen songs - Smith combines the depth and intensity of a young Eugene Washington or Little Jimmy Dykes, with the raw sexuality of vintage Red Green.

The Meteors lay down a genuine, no-nonsense funky groove throughout, reminiscent of the original "Adams Morgan" sound from the early seventies.

Hands down, this is THE DC blues cd of the year!
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Alvin B. Dopler, Jr.

Fantastic Debut Blues CD
The metro Washington, D.C. area based blues band, Steve Smith and the Meteors, have finally released their debut CD album, and it has definitely been worth the wait! All of the energy and enthusiasm of their live shows has been captured on this brilliantly produced and recorded example of their "pure blues" craftsmanship. Old school blues to a more contemporary sound, and vocal to instrumental tracks are mixed throughout. The track order also flows smoothly all the way through. Recorded in the great blues city of Memphis, Steve and Pete made sure that this album had all of the elements of a successful blues album in place, before they began recording. They take their blues very seriously, and strive to keep an authentic, unspoiled sound in everything they do (check out their vintage, blues heyday era, amps at one of their live shows when you get the chance).
This band has been a staple of the D.C. restaurant, club and bar scene for years, and their experience and professionalism shines throughout the album. If you like extremely well-seasoned blues guitar and harp work, intertwined with a great backing rhythm section, then this CD is for you.
Grab it while you're here! This is the best price I've seen yet. You won't be disappointed!!!
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aboudreau

Blues with a Groove!
I've seen these guys a number of times in person and they are a LOT of fun! The guitar is awesome and the harp is very good. I enjoy the songs very much on this CD!
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Sammy R

Memphis Sounds
Nice job! Heard STeve in Memphis at the Hitone and it was great! Got the cd the other day and it has the sound. I like TV Repairman and LTN a lot and the one with Steve and Ross called Lightning Bolt is really cool, just guitar and drums and sounds big. Come back to Memphis and stay!!!!
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