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The Austin Chronicles

 Nothing On The Radio

© Steve Power

This is a straight ahead old school rock and roll tune.  I wrote this in Holland, the world headquarters for house music, as a reaction to having to drive up and down the country with nothing worth listening to on the radio except the occasional great late night broadcast from community radio that would loose signal about two songs into the set.  This  is a never fails to get 'em  dancing stormer.

Live video from Songwriters Across Texas

The Same Old Song

© Steve Power

A tried and true two-step with Warren Hood channeling Bob Wills' Frankie McWhorter.  One of the best compliments I ever received was at a songwriters circle where two Nashville songwriters were debating, "Who had the big hit with that?"

DiMaggio

© Mike Plume

This is one of my all time favorite loves songs written by one of my all time favorite songwriters, Mike Plume.  An open  acoustic arrangement and beautiful performances allow the story to simply draw you in to two peoples' moment.

Recorded by Fred Remmert at Cedar Creek Recording, Austin, TX. Mixed by Fred Remmert and Steve Power. Mastering  at Terra Nova Digital Audio, Austin, TX by Nick Landis.   Produced by Steve Power

Earl Poole Ball -piano, Warren Hood -fiddle, Mark Leshner, -drums, David Miller -Fender and upright basses,  Casper Rawls -acoustic and electric guitars. Steve Power -vocals and acoustic guitar, Piano sound on "DiMaggio" by M. Monroe.

Paved in Gold

There is the myth of Austin and there is the reality of Austin. This song addresses both sides.

       Features The Austin Church of the Joyously Divine Mixed Voice Choir  a.k.a.CarolynWonderland and Michael Cross. 

 Hurtville

Features the fabulous backing vocals of The Austin Church of the Joyously Divine Mixed Voice Choir - a.k.a. Carolyn Wonderland and Michael Cross.

   Feeling Like This

A nod to Sergio Leone and a universal theme of, "What the hell happened?"

Note Warren Hoods impersonation of a Therimin and Ron D'Argenio's sorte into....? Well, I don't know exactly what it is but it sure is cool.

The tracks above were recorded by John Silva at Cedar Creek Recording . mixed by John Silva and Steve Power.  Mastered by Jerry Tubb, Terra Nova Digital Audio, Austin, TX.   Produced by Steve Power

 Pete "The Beat" Lanhans - Drums, Jeff Hayes- Bass, Phil Hurley - Guitar, Ron D' Argenio - Piano/B3, Carolyn Wonderland and Michael Cross -Background vocals, Warren Hood - Violin, Steve Power - Vocals, Acoustic Guitar

                                 

The new control room with the Neve desk in the foreground and the SSL desk next to it.  The studio was hit by lightening a few months before we recorded. The only damage was to the Neve desk. Fortunately it was repairable but is being done in stages.  Sorry Mr. Presley.

                                                     

        Cedar Creek Recording, South Austin, Texas          1973 Neve mixing console, formerly of Graceland.

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THE JOURNEY

Below you will find links to some samples from Steve's Javelin Records CD, "The Journey".   You can find more songs at  CDbaby where all these recordings are for sale.

 Money and Fun

©  Steve Power

Having lived in Hollywood for several years, I always loved Bob Segar's "Hollywood Nights".  The story in that song of a mid-West small town dude searching for what glitters in California that ain't gold I saw happening hundreds of times.    "Money and Fun" is my take on that story which continues to unfold daily.  More than one reviewer has attributed the musical influence to Buddy Holly or The Bobby Fuller Four.  This amuses me no end as the actual influence was The Rivieras.   For those of you with a gear geeks bent of mind...like me...the signature riff is played on a 1930's "frying pan" Rickenbacker lap steel through a '64 Fender Vibrolux Reverb.

Running for the Border

©  Steve Power

This is pretty much a true story.  The names have been changed to protect the guilty.  It is one of the most fun songs to play live, though I'm still trying to figure out how to pick up the harp without losing the drive of the rhythm guitar.  It is an absolute stormer of a number.  "Stonkin'!!" as my friend Tich Gwylim used to say.  In answer to repeated questions, the harmonica I play is a Hohner Special 20, tweaked by Tim Northcutt of Hot Rod Harps in Austin, through a 1950 Shure 520 with Black Label CR element and a modified Fender R.I. '63 Vibroverb. I currently play Seydel 1847s customized by Greg Jones of 16:23 Custom Harmonicas. My mic is a wood bodied custom from Greg Heumann using the black label CR from the mic mentioned above. I now use the Vibroverb strictly for guitar and a Sonny Jr Super Cruncher - or The Pain Killer as I call it -  for harmonica.

You're Too Late, I'm Gone

©  Steve Power

This song took third in the "Blues" category of the Austin Songwriters Group 2006 Song Contest.  Considering the number and quality of entries any kind of a result in an ASG song contest is no mean feat.

Shadow of a Doubt

©  Steve Power

    "'Shadow Of A Doubt' is driven by Colin Edwards’ accomplished piano playing ~ this recording (for some reason) reminded me of Roy Orbison! - The Stillwater Times


It was John David's idea to do The Drifters treatment.  The soloing by Pete Matheson, guitar, and Colin Edwards, piano, is just wonderful.  Colin's playing is particularly remarkable when you consider he'd only ever heard the song two times. This was done in one take as I sat beside him calling out the chords. 

The Journey

 ©  Steve Power

As I often tell at shows, this song was inspired by my great-grandfather, Mel Tanner.  He was sort of a frontiersman.  Did some things.  Knew some people.  Amongst some interesting tales in the man's life was his being a witness at the Wounded Knee Massacre.  I say witness, because what I was able to piece together from records and one family account is this.  At the time, he was most likely working as a civilian horse wrangler for the Quartermaster Corp attached to the 7th Calvary.  When the shooting started he quickly figured this was madness, but there was no way he was going to be able to stop it and the best course was to get the hell out of the way.  So he dived into a haystack and hid out till the shooting stopped.  I figure that was probably a pretty smart play.  He took exception to the event being called a "battle".  He always insisted, " That weren't no battle.  That was a massacree." 

He had written in his will that when he was buried he wanted someone with a guitar to walk behind the funeral wagon singing cowboy songs.  And someone did. 

House of the Rising Sun

©  trad./arr. Steve Power

I have to say that this is the best version of this song that I’ve ever heard + there’s superb guitar playing from Graham Williams and Ian Lawrence that really adds to the power of the arrangement…-The Stillwater Times
 

A traditional American folk song that has been recorded by loads of people, most famously The Animals.  This rather unique version, like most good songs, has a good story behind it.  If you go to the Reviews page you will find an excerpt from "Chasing the Rising Sun" by Ted Anthony which tells a part.  The rest is in Ted's book where this version is mentioned a few times, mostl notable being named in Ted's list of favorites as "Most Danceable".

Flip, Flop, and Fly

© Joe Turner

From Cotton & Morganfield - On A Mission From Jake

This is not on "The Journey" but comes from  Cotton and Morganfield "On a Mission From Jake". I've included it here as an additional sample of my harp playing.  Little Sonny Cotton was my alter-ego in The Blues Brothers Dedication Review, a tribute act that was for seven years my bread and butter when I lived in Holland.  We were, to the best of my knowledge, the only Blues Brothers tribute act in Europe to receive an official endorsement from Elwood Blues himself.  The act was based on a musical play of my creation featuring the characters Little Sonny Cotton and Otis P. Morganfield.  One of the reasons for Elwood's support was that we were the only Blues Brothers tribute act in existence consciously trying not to be Jake and Elwood. Cotton and Morganfield were highly succesful and over seven years played everywhere from an audience of twenty at the Mayfair Club, a brothel in Rotterdam, to 35,000 at Feynoord Stadium.

Flying My Way Home

© Steve Power

This song was originally done as part of a documentary film soundtrack.  The film was the story of an histroic DC-3 which won the London to Sidney air race in 1937.  It was flown by the founder of KLM.

I was joined on the session by Jeff Hayenga on bass, Kim Deschamp on Dobro and mandolin, and my good friend Jesse "Guitar" Taylor.  These were the last recordings Jesse made before he passed.

 

My straight up Blues project.

The Pain Killrs

Blues that swings with heart, soul, and a dash of rock 'n' roll.

Promo Reel - Live at Antone's

© Red White and Blues Video

Blue Light Boogie

© Louie Jordon/Jessie Mae Robinson  © Red White and Blues Video