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by Steve Coffey & the Lokels

Organic grooves and poetic meanderings richly grown and harvested from the prairies of rural Alberta.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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1. Raising Grace
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2. Found His Spirit
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3. Someday
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4. Mr. Ransom
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5. Twirlin' Girl Boogie
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6. Follow Her
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7. Coming of Age
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8. Two Brothers
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9. Sometime Wins
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10. Fade Out
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11. Vinyl Soul
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12. Wrong Things Right
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13. Contradict
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14. Valley of Wildflower
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15. For Healing
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16. Corns
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17. My Life Unwinds
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18. Road Sticks
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19. Riding On
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20. Closure
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21. Intolerance Tune
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22. Ten Pin
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23. My Hitchin' Ass
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24. Skates
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25. Stanley's Hope
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26. Should I Write
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27. Old Loved Man
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28. Times, When
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29. Once from an Island
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30. Same Boy
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31. Dogtags
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32. Five Kids
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33. Steel Guitar Waltz
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34. Beggars Ballad
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35. Woman in You
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36. Two Thousand Lights
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37. Missing
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38. Blue Tears
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39. Cottonwood Road
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40. The Shore
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41. Past
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42. Heaven's Gate
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43. Afraid to Fly
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44. Lydia's Land
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45. Fighting Days
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46. Logging Towns
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47. Romance River
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48. Rolling Beds
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49. Words 'n' Beer
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50. Pigeon in Madrid (Live)
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Album Notes
'Our Local Catalogue'
Fifty select Songs from Five albums over Ten years.

2002- "East of East Coulee" (Producer- Steve Coffey/ Russ Baker)
"This record blows in from the Canadian prairies with dust on it's boots dragging in ballads, honky-tonk, hillbilly sentiments and the evidence of a life clung to, in the grit beneath its fingernails. Recorded live to tape, you can almost feel the splinters from the rough-hewn floorboards. It has an immediacy of a hoe-down, you wouldn't be surprised to hear feet stomping in the background. It celebrates life in small towns in the middle of nowhere, the people, the customs, the music. 'Beggar's ballad' is as exactly as it suggests, Steve Coffey has a gritty nasal voice to carry these songs, world weary but happy to be alive. This would be sung as the dance came to end and everyone is clinging to someone in the hope that we're not alone. This is one for those of you who like the folk-roots sound of The Gourds but find them a bit too radical."-Americana UK; March 2003

2004- "32 Below Sessions" (Producer- Steve Coffey/ Russ Baker)
"The rolling, slowly rocking roots songs that make up sessions are cut from the same dust-caked burlap sack as its predecessor (East of East Coulee) - sonically tactile tributes to the emotional and physical landscape of Alberta's countryside...Not surprisingly, the results on sessions are just as wonderful, just as colloquial, just as honest as that first time out" Mike Bell; The Calgary Sun; Oct 15 2004 * "In a city notable for its proliferation of fine country-roots songwriters, Steve Coffey has emerged as one of the most seasoned. His latest CD, 32 Below Sessions, recorded with his band The Lokels, confirms that. From the working man's lament Corns, with Coffey's pained moan of a vocal fitting the lyrics like a miner's gloves, to the harp-dog country boy blues of Someday, the disc consistently finds its mark. Other highlights include Raising Grace, Cottonwood Road and the honky-tonkin' Fondly Remembered- every one rich with wood-smoked, prairie soul." Heath McCoy; The Calgary Herald; Oct 14 2004

2007 "Same Boy" (Producer- Steve Loree)
"With word awareness reminiscent of Fred Eaglesmith, Central Alberta native Steve Coffey drops his third disc with the Lokels, and fans of literate singer-songwriters should take note. Same Boy is a keeper, and should make those who appreciate Tom Russell, Dave Alvin and their ilk quite pleased. Multidimensional, on My Hometown Coffey pulls together foreboding prairie images of a community slowly choking. On Skates, he captures a warmer glow of freer times. Roads, leading to and from, are prominant on the disc, serving as a ready metaphor for situations both bleak and hopeful. Lance Loree and Dave Bauer are co-stars of this disc, playing a dizzying array of stringed and fretted instruments. Coffey never takes the easy way and Same Boy is the creation of a lyricist, musician and artist come to fruition. The production is professional but grounded, with a handpicked band of Southern Albertans serving as the Lokels. The generous 66-minute album is packaged with a DVD that provides insight into the recording process while illustrating several of Coffey's loosely narrative songs." Donald Teplyske/// Steve Coffey keeps the honest, down-home tunes coming with his latest offering Same Boy, packed with 14 acoustic guitar-driven cuts tapping into accessible \'paintings\' of the human experience. Coffey is no slouch at offering up songs rich in images from the meandering title track to the melancholic, classic country strut of My Hometown. As is noted on his web site, Coffey was clearly influenced by his dad who was a \'on the road\' steel guitar player for many years and \"instilled in him the notion of originality through self-teaching as the vehicle of expression.\" Originality certainly bursts out at every turn. Coffey is simply not influenced by those elements which could propel him closer to potential commercial notoriety. Tunes tend to be low-key and straight forward. The simply-structured Old Loved Man continues to unveil Coffey\'s skills at creating insightful, compelling stories, as does Past. Rounding out The Lokels are Lance Loree, Pat Phillips, Russ Baker and Dave Bauer, and fans can get an up-close look at the band in an accompanying DVD featuring six new videos and the guys in a studio setting. Those who like Folk/country tunes minus the extraneous clutter could find themselves in sonic heaven. - Mark Weber

2009 "Twirlin' Girl Boogie" (Producer- Steve Coffey/ Russ Baker)
I don’t know how known Steve Coffey is outside of Alberta, but I’m certain it isn’t well enough! Steve Coffey remains a well-kept secret deserving of greater acclaim. Coffey has the voice and the words required in the roots world; he is every bit as gifted as the fellows who get headlines in the media — the Justin Rutledges and Jason Isbells. Heck, I’ll listen to Coffey before Ryan Adams any time. What separates Coffey from others is the ability to arrange numerous musicians and sounds into a clean, full-bodied brew. His originals are masterful bits of Alberta poetry, revealing the inner workings of relationships and places. Rolling Beds, in which Coffey reveals his inner Eaglesmith, is a standout. Matt Herne’s banjo tracks, shipped around the world from Australia, add a notable clip to Five Kids and Words N Beer. Wrong Things Right isn’t fancy; it is simply a model country song of unapologetic regret. Calgary’s Dave Bauer platoons on a variety of instruments, including mandolin, banjo, and guitar, while Lance Loree appears on various guitars — steel, Dobro and electric. In contrast to the vibrantly coloured artwork housing the disc, Coffey’s music — while dynamic — depends more on shade and hue. Like a flickering old film, the vignettes shared by Coffey and the Lokels provide glimpses of character and scenario, often leaving the complete tale to the listener’s imagination. Steve Coffey & the Lokels are nothing if not consistent. Twirlin’ Girl Boogie is their fourth tremendous release, and will satisfy all fans of their country-folk, roots blend. Donald Teplyske Roots Music

2012 "Bovine World Rail" (Producer- Russ Baker)
Steve Coffey- painter, songwriter, singer- is a complex man, one who has placed the stability of home and family ahead of the vagrancies of the road, perhaps to the detriment of his standing within the Canadian roots marketplace. With five albums of excellence recorded over little more than a decade, Steve Coffey should be a more familiar name. He has chosen to remain close to his Vulcan home, painting and writing, only touring with his stable line-up of Lokels sporadically. Always gifted, Coffey’s skills as both singer and songwriter have demonstrably developed over the years. His vivid descriptions, selectively within narratives, but more frequently casually poetic, are full of life and inspiration. It is impossible to hear his words and voice and not begin visualizing the descriptions as light-infused, impressionistic paintings. The album’s third track “Closure,” featuring beautiful vocals from Tobi Malloy, opens with this verse- just try not to see the brush strokes: I look out my early winter window to the pale hue of the sneaking morning sun dancing on the frost a glinting glow such is your memory of which I am not done I can vaguely trace the moon through my breath on this kitchen’s rippling window pane like the borders of the city that buried you back in the summer’s ground soaked with rain. The album’s deepest song, certainly the most personal-sounding is “Fighting Days.” With both his father and grandfather having military backgrounds, Coffey bridges the challenges of love in times of war- the fear and sacrifice- and the horror that remains in mind. And that voice. God, it is something special without a hint of prettiness about it. Steve Coffey has an identifiable voice; in places it aches (“Times, When”) and in other places it playfully flirts (“Ten Pin”), but most times it just flows- with honesty, truth, and tempered realism (“Logging Towns,” “Once From an Island”). Coffey has never delivered anything less than a masterpiece, and Bovine World Rail continues where Twirlin’ Girl Boogie left off: well-written, clever, and original country- and folk-based music. Donald Teplyske Roots Music



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