Whatever Happened to the Drive-Ins?
Born and raised in rural Northern Ontario, Steve began his musical journey at a very young age singing Elvis songs when he was around 4-5 years old. He grew up listening to his grandfather and uncles play country and bluegrass songs at family gatherings. He started playing in a band in high school when he became the singer based on the fact that he knew the words to a few songs. In college he played bass in a punk band and eventually took over on vocals. During this time Steve went to a Teenage Fanclub concert in Toronto and the opening act was a little known band from Missouri called Uncle Tupelo. From that moment his musical direction took a hard turn. After college he moved to California where he began writing and performing his own material in the Americana vein. He lived and played around Sonoma County while soaking up the ocean air and the wild San Francisco nights. There he stayed for 4 years before moving to Nashville, Tn in 1998. He has released one full length record in 2001 (Where I Belong), an EP in 2003 (Sketches of a Small Town) has just released his first full length with his band The Box Elders. His influences come from a long line of Canadian singer-songwriters steeped in roots music and everything else he's ever heard throughout his life. His love of rock n roll, soul, folk, and even a little R&B can be heard in his music. The new record 'Whatever Happened to the Drive ins?' is a collage of sounds complete with Horns, Pedal steels, Slide Guitars and Soul sisters. This record took almost two years to the day to complete from the first day of recording the bed tracks which were all cut live in the studio with just Steve and Kenny Griffin on Drums and his wife Ruth on Bass. He wanted to go for the feel of the performance rather than opt for the safe click track method. The songs cover a wide range of sounds and themes from the opening R&B of '64 Plymouth, a song about a car his dad had as a kid, to the politically driven rock of Que Sera, Sera. The extra added sound clips gives the record the feeling of experiencing something, not just listening. The title gives the record a sort of a concept feel to it with each song as a mini movie. Steve has been travelling across the US with the National Broadway tour 'Ring of Fire' The Music of Johnny Cash since Oct of '07 and wraps up at the end of May '08.