Steve Shoen | Dance Behind the Shadows

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Dance Behind the Shadows

by Steve Shoen

Indie/Americana melodic storyteller, Steve Shoen returns with flavors of Train, Dixie Chicks, R&B, and torch songs. Recording artists Davey Pattison, Sue McCabe and Steve Shoen are featured with Marin County’s top musicians.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Illinois Central
3:53 $0.99
2. Cold Misty Mornin'
3:18 $0.99
3. Dance Behind the Shadows
3:11 $0.99
4. Harmony
3:21 $0.99
5. Storybook Feeling
3:13 $0.99
6. Send Me a Miracle
2:47 $0.99
7. Red Bananas
2:46 $0.99
8. Was He the One
3:23 $0.99
9. Why Oh Why
3:24 $0.99
10. Lonely Dream
3:29 $0.99
11. Hummingbird
3:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
San Francisco and Nashville songwriter, Steve Shoen, returns with melodic storytelling at its best. The first track, “Illinois Central”, gives a nod to the great Freddie Scott and traditional R & B. The singer pleads to his girlfriend for forgiveness. She's just got to be there at the train station. Scottish recording artist Davey Pattison shines on this soulful tune.

Then listen to an epic, lush, rock production of “Dance Behind the Shadows”, reminiscent of Train’s “Drops of Jupiter”. Davey Pattison again delivers another stunning performance. Keyboardist and co-producer, Dick Bay, arranges a sweeping, mini-masterpiece with violins, violas, cellos, drums, guitars. Shoen considers these lyrics one of his three favorites he’s written.

You’ll hear about “Harmony”, a star-crossed lover’s first blush with true love. Artist Sue McCabe sings with passion and believable authority, with a dash of Shania Twain.

(Is This Love A) “Lonely Dream” features Steve Shoen. Sometimes in someone’s life, a passionate intimacy forms. One heart commits while the other teeters in the balance. The tender melody has the melancholy of “Stardust” by Nat King Cole. The singer asks “is our bond a song that cannot die? Or is this love a lonely dream?” In the end, only the listener can decide.

The legendary Jimmy Reed inspired the distinctive style of blues in Shoen’s “Hummingbird”. The harmonica, the Jerry Lee-like piano, and guitars deliver all the way to the last note in this classic song.

The entire album, “Dance Behind The Shadows”, was made to hear something new and fresh each time it’s played. You may hear a touch of the folk song, “Thirsty Boots” in Steve’s composition, “Cold, Misty, Mornin’”. Here’s a tale of a young, lonely guitar player seeking a friendly café in Mendocino with a warm fireplace. Ah, but his karma brings so much more, sharing the waitress’ secret dreams and her lips, like embers of desire.

Or follow the young girl who leaves her Mom and Dad to follow her dreams. In this Dixie Chicks-styled tune, “Was He The One?” singer Sue McCabe transports us into the heroine’s life, full of twists and turns.

Steve’s first highly-acclaimed album, “On Top Of The World” is also available for purchase.



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Excellent example of Shoen's fine songwriting.
In “Dance Behind the Shadows,” Marin County singer / songwriter / violinist Steve Shoen returns with his second installment of eclectic original tunes. Once again he is joined by Davey Pattison, former vocalist with Robin Trower and Ronnie Montrose. Pattison, handles the lion’s share of the lead vocals and seems to have a special intuitive feel for interpreting Shoen’s songs. “Illinois Central” starts the album with a bang. It’s a funky R&B train song and Pattison’s energetic vocals are smartly punctuated by Ray Clement’s wailing sax. The title track is Shoen’s poetic rock anthem to the people we’ve touched and loved in our lives. Pattison’s interpretation is powerful and the soaring arrangement supports him perfectly. Sue McCabe does a stellar job on the two songs she sings. Her version of Shoen’s wonderful what-might-have-been song, “Was He the One?,” is especially compelling. Bob Stanley contributes fine guitar work throughout, but especially shines on the melancholy but hopeful “Send Me a Miracle.” A departure from the rest of the CD, “Lonely Dream” is a dreamy jazz ballad and Shoen’s intimate violin solo is exquisite. The album ends with a rollicking blues, “Hummingbird,” which again highlights Pattison’s vocals. The applause heard at the end of the CD is well deserved – this is an excellent showcase for Shoen’s fine songwriting.