Steel Wool | Just Maybe

Go To Artist Page

Recommended if You Like
David Crosby Fleetwood Mac Neil Young

Album Links
More about this CD and STEEL WOOL

More Artists From
United States - Oregon

Other Genres You Will Love
Rock: Acoustic World: African Folk Moods: Mood: Dreamy
Sell your music everywhere
There are no items in your wishlist.

Just Maybe

by Steel Wool

These 4 players breathe fresh life into deep grooves cut by time and experience, bringing Acoustic Rock into the 21st century. STEEL WOOL is a harmony loving band spinning on the edges of funk, rock, folk and mbira-fusion music. Genre fluid, no boxes.
Genre: Rock: Acoustic
Release Date: 

We'll ship when it's back in stock

Order now and we'll ship when it's back in stock, or enter your email below to be notified when it's back in stock.
Sign up for the CD Baby Newsletter
Your email address will not be sold for any reason.
Continue Shopping
available for download only
Share to Google +1

To listen to tracks you will need to update your browser to a recent version.

  Song Share Time Download
clip
1. Just Maybe
7:11 $1.25
clip
2. You're My Flower
8:51 $1.25
clip
3. Froggy
6:17 $1.25
clip
4. This Cowboy's Heart
6:21 $1.25
clip
5. Electro Sheep Therapy
5:46 $1.25
clip
6. Love Is the Power
5:32 $1.25
clip
7. When the Day Is Done (Live)
6:11 $1.25
8. Baaaaaaa (Live)
0:08 FREE
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Song List:

Just Maybe
You're My Flower / Taireva
Froggy
This Cowboy's Heart
Electro Sheep Therapy
Love is the Power
When the Day is Done

All songs written by Tim Mueller
- You’re My Flower / Taireva - based on an ancient Shona traditional song from Zimbabwe
Tim Mueller: guitars, keyboard, lead vocals
Nel Applegate: percussion, mbira, vocals
TR Kelley: basses, baritone guitar, vocals
Randy Hamme: drums, percussion
Graphic Design: Tim Mueller
Photos, engineering assistant: Tifani Lauzon
Recorded & mixed by Randy Hamme at TraXide Studio
Mastered at Don Ross Productions
Produced by Tim Mueller & STEEL WOOL

STEEL WOOL - acoustic rock reborn

Deep. Serious.
Wonder. Joy. Love. Dancing.
Lightness & Power | Electro Sheep Therapy

Featuring Tim Mueller as songwriter, lead vocalist and guitar player; TR Kelley on bass and vocals, Nel Applegate on mbira, djembe, percussion and vocals, and Randy Hamme on drums, this Eugene, Oregon band moves the heart and soul with stories of truth and joy and love and loss, and catches fire with three part harmonies, the haunting mbira, inventive bass lines, danceable grooves and world beat percussion.

Read more...

Reviews


to write a review

Tobin Mueller

“Just Maybe” by Steel Wool (2017)
Steel Wool is a socially conscious acoustic rock band from Eugene OR. The band combines environmental and social themes with personal relationship songwriting. Their latest album “Just Maybe” is full of recollections from childhood that buoy and reaffirm, as well as thoughtful lyrics that probe our modern state of affairs. A sense of humor and wry perspective is woven throughout. This, their second album, combines excellent production with fresh conceptual arrangements that range from folk-rock to country-folk to rock ’n roll.

The title track starts off the album, “Just Maybe”. The song frames lyrics about wistful reverie with a velvety acoustic instrumental mix. Tim Mueller’s lead vocals have a smooth David Crosby vibe, equal parts hope and gentle insight, and sits well within the lovely arrangement. (I especially like the variation of falsetto harmonies on the line “I can still remember when I was young”.) The tune runs long, 7:11, giving space to unhurried dreamy bridges that aid the sense of recollection and emotional calm. An excellent opening track that perfectly sets the stage for the next tune…

“You’re My Flower…Taireva” unfolds with childlike discovery. Artfully built upon a traditional Zimbabwean mbira folk tune (played by Nel Applegate), this is more than a sweet love song. It becomes a journey of awakening to the natural world around us, in the context of our modern age of social media inundation. The track has a magical quality, bursting with the patterns of life that continually blossom. An extended mbira solo at the end makes this the longest track on the album (8:51), designed to encourage one’s commitment to the journey outside the “Facebook zone”.

The third track harkens back to earlier Steel Wool electric folk rock recordings, with an uptempo yet island/reggae laid back energy. “Froggy” is a clever spin on the environmentalist lament of wilderness lost. A rhythmic groove drives the track, although the backing vocals never quite slot in tightly enough. Bass articulations enliven the tune throughout with understated yet dynamic personality (played by TR Kelley). The extended guitar solo picks up steam with its chill syncopations and hip climax. A nicely executed mid-tempo toe tapper.

The opening musical quote from the television show Bonanza playfully dates the author’s childhood, especially with his reference to Adam Cartwright (who only appeared in the first five seasons of the TV western, 1959-1964). Humor animates the cowboy vocal stylings, yet the song never descends into campiness, becoming more an homage. “This Cowboy’s Heart” pays respect to that sense of freedom and expectation a happy childhood can foster, especially back when becoming a cowboy was every young boy’s dream. Continuing the environmentalist theme, the Ponderosa becomes a self-sustaining ideal that continues to invigorate. The arrangement features a harmonica solo by guest artist Hank Shreve who aptly conjures the campfires of a bygone day.

Breaking with the mellow feel of the album up to this point, the next song “Electro Sheep Therapy” is a straight ahead rock tune out of the The Ventures era, with the quirky edginess of the Batman TV show theme song thrown in. Although the lyrics intend to motivate through funny insults, the arrangement tends toward a Weird Al Yankovic parody. (It even quotes Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” during the electric guitar solo.) I can imagine this song working well as a live get-up-on-your-feet crowd pleaser or a South Park style video.

Speaking of a live crowd pleaser, “Love Is The Power” is the centerpiece of Steel Wool’s live performances, especially at the socially progressive rallies where Steel Wool often performs. This version was recorded “live” in the studio and has an open-air country rock feel. The song was originally written in solidarity with the Native-American activists at Standing Rock (Sioux Reservation in North Dakota) in 2016. An extended version of this track is available as a single on the band’s website.

“When The Day Is Done” was recorded live at the W.O.W. Hall (formerly a Woodmen of the World lodge, listed on the National Register of Historic Places). Adding a socio-political sense of “chaos” to the album’s ongoing environmental theme, the songs asks “Am I the one to blame because I looked the other way?” The tune’s intensity is authentic and engaging. Mueller’s lead vocals have an honest weariness to them at the end, making the song even more poignant. An excellent final statement, both thematically and musically, to this wonderful collection.

A silly 8 second clip of the band “baaing” completes the CD - reminding us that the sheep is Steel Wool’s tongue-in-cheek mascot. The band is: Tim Mueller (lead vocal/guitars; songwriter), TR Kelley (bass, backing vocals), Randy Hamme (drums) Nel Applegate (mbira, hand percussion, backing vocals). The album was recorded and mixed by Randy Hamme at Traxide Studio and mastered at Don Ross Productions.

I highly recommend this album, especially tracks 1-2 and 7. I should also divulge that I am Tim Mueller’s brother, a songwriter and recording artist in my own right. I’ve followed Tim throughout his musical career. “Just Maybe” is, I believe, his (and the band’s) best work. Videos, lyrics and more about Steel Wool can be found at steelwoolband.com.

- Tobin Mueller, Nov. 2017
wwww.tobinmueller.com
Read more...