- Artist: Jeff Smith
- Format: CD
- Release Date:5/4/2004
Jeff Smith and His Band of Steves have been a performing unit since 1984. Jeff has been a solo performer and founding member of the fabled Sleepers (Washington DC) who were signed to Schizophonic Records. The Sleepers first single, 'An American Boyfriend' was a summer hit in Austrailia. The group recorded a basket full of songs during their stay with Schizophonic and while there have been plans to release some of this 'lost' material, they have never realized. Steve Cooper and Steve Brigida both played in The Sleepers and before that in the American pure pop band, Artful Dodger. After the Sleepers evaporated, Smith went on to perform solo and released an acclaimed album The Human Wilderness for Acetate Records out of California. The album featured performances by Steve Cooper, Steve Brigida, John Jennings, Rico Petrucelli, Robbie Magruder and Jon Carroll. Jeff Juliano Mixed the album with Smith producing. However, before that record came out Jeff had recruited Cooper and Brigida to release A Little Romance for Human Wilderness Songs and Records. It was, as Jeff recalls, 'an attempt to come as close to the mainstream as I could'. The Steves and Jeff have enjoyed playing together for many of the years that they have been together. In 2006, they began to branch out by adding Jeff Severson ( 4 Out Of 5 Doctors) to fill in with back up vocals and polished guitar parts. In performance, all four musicians are ready and willing to jump into spontaneous and varied arrangements from night to night. The song stuctures remain but the textures, rhythms and tempos are subject to mood, ambience and weather. Jeff and His Band of Steve's are a rock n roll band with strong roots influences in country, blues, pop and folk. The music they play and will take you hip shaking all the way down to those roots.
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