Dave Steffen's other venture called, the String Benders, is comprised of four very talented musicians. Dave Steffen and Russ Reiser have written some great songs for this CD. Dave has enjoyed utilizing the excellent vocal talents of the other members in producing tunes with wonderful harmonies. Dave also shows off his excellent guitar virtuoso by playing some hair raising acoustic guitar with slide using an old medicine bottle reminiscence of the old blues artists that were his idols. The CD opens with wind chimes and the sounds of 'space' created by Hammond B-3 as Dave tried to create for you the same uplifting and spiritual sensation he felt during the writing of this song after watching an Aurora Borealis over the lake in which he lives. On one of the songs, 'Angel Eyed Jane', Dave wanted something special so he brought in a special guest musician, Matt Turner, to play his 150 year old cello. If you like acoustic guitars, vocal harmonies mixed with rockin' beats the new String Benders CD is a must. The members of the String Benders are listed below: Russ Reiser - Vocals/Acoustic Guitar Russ started the String Benders (as a part-time band) in November of 1995. The band fulfilled his desire to play different styles of acoustic music, and also to play with guitar legend, Dave Steffen. Russ has played with various other bands including Truc of America, and is currently lead guitarist with Vic Ferrari. Russ is a great guitar player, song writer and musical perfectionist. Dave Steffen - Vocals/Acoustic Guitar Dave is a veteran musician who has enjoyed much success with the Love Society, Sunblind Lion and his current group, the Dave Steffen Band. While living in San Francisco, he played with many musical celebrities including members of Santana. Dave's songs and recordings have been used in movie sound tracks, and featured on television shows in recent years. Ron Kalista - Vocals/Drums Ron is a seasoned professional who has played with many bands including the well known Jukebox Heroes. Ron's WAMMI award winning vocals and drumming are highly regarded. He also plays with Vic Ferrari. Craig Neuser - Vocals/Bass/Harmonica Craig is a very talented musician who is also a part of the Dave Steffen Band. Craig brings youthful energy to the band. His vocals are soulful and bluesy, reminiscent of Greg Alman and BB King.