April, 2017 – I build songs in much the same way I build guitars: slowly and meticulously, and with an intent focus to achieve the right tone. In the past 4 months I released two new albums of original songs – the first studio recordings since my 2011 album Labor Of Love.
I am a multi-stylist songwriter, so all my albums cover a wide swath of genres, from folk to funk. The songs are a concoction of the many musical influences and ingredients that make up the gumbo of my life, both real and imagined.
The Ocean Road was released on December 17, 2016. This album features 11 originals and one cover (one of my favorite Nat King Cole songs). Much of this collection is mellow, with acoustic ballads spiced with folk, latin, jazz, and Celtic. It also features two songs in which Iʻm assisted by a chorus of twelve and thirteen year old voices: Where in the World Are The Whales, and Mālama Your Mama, where Iʻm also helped out by Jake Shimabukuro on ukulele.
Assorted Chocolates – the box is open!! Help yourself! This collection has thirteen originals and is chocked full of vim and vinegar, with good helpings of funk, blues, soul, rock and latin. I’m fortunate to have some of the best, and funkiest musicians playing on this record. How can one album swing from country rock to latin salsa? And from swing to swamp funk? I don’t know, but this one does.
Thanks for listening, Steve Grimes.