The Steepwater Band To Play CD Release Show

By Randy J. Klodz

Chicago-based blues-rockers the Steepwater Band have hit the pavement with a new album, “Dharmakaya,” and will be playing yet another Chicago gig on June 26 at Double Door in celebration of the band’s new work.

The Steepwater Band, which includes Jeff Massey on vocals and guitar; Michael Connelly on vocals, guitar and harmonica; Tod Bowers on electric bass and mandolin; and Joe Winters on drums and bongos, has drawn comparisons to blues-rocking bands Black Crowes and Led Zeppelin.

It seems like every band that we have been compared to happens to be a band that we like personally, so it doesn’t bother us at all,” said Jeff Massey, vocalist and guitarist for the Steepwater Band. “We’re definitely on the blues tip of things, on the roots-rock kind of things, which is what we like. We have a lot of songs with slide guitar and harmonica; our influences are going to show, and that’s fine with us. That’s what all this is about.”

Though the Steepwater Band has been working hard to schedule shows across the nation, it often plays in the hometown areas of Chicago and northwest Indiana areas, and though “Dharmakaya” hit stores in mid-May, the Steepwater Band couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate the release of the new album, by playing a hometown show at the intimate Double Door. “We’re just trying to travel more so we don’t burn out, you can’t play strictly Chicago all the time,” Massey said. “If you do, you have to do it sparingly. You don’t want to be taken for granted.”

“Dharmakaya” tracks such as “Jammin’ Down Southern,” “Back to the Bottle” and “Black Cats Path” have enough southern-rock goodness, you would think the band called originated in the south. “Autumn” is more of a slow-moving acoustic number, while “Dead Horse” gives fans a herky-jerky funk stomp.

Double Door is at 1572 N. Milwaukee Ave. in the Wicker Park neighborhood. Tickets for this 21+ show are listed for $7 each with show start time slated for 9 p.m. For more information on the Steepwater Band log on to www.steepwater.com.

The Steepwater Band Photo: Paul Natkin