Chicago native’s The Steepwater Band performed their first show of 2015 in the city, in support of their recentÂ album.
The Wabash Cannonballs were a great opening act for the night. The Martyrs’ show was by way of celebrating the release of their recent EP, Hot Coppers. A good, tight band with a very charismatic singer, and a strong guitarist; the whole band looked like they were having a really good time up on that stage. It was a solid set of rock n’ roll; a strong, energetic performance.
The last Chicago show for The Steepwater Band, was at the House of Blues on New Year’s Eve, opening for Led Zeppelin 2. Â Tonight, it was their turn to be the headliners in their hometown. February saw the release of their new album, Diamond Days: The Best of The Steepwater Band 2006-2014, which includes two new songs, a new recording of “Hard As Stone” andÂ “Silver Lining”. It was the latter that they opened with, a strong new addition to their catalogue with great riffs, and a strong voice and fantastic slide guitar from Jeff Massey. “Fire Away” was a great example of their solid riffs and harmonizing guitar lines, showcasing a band who have clearly been together a long time (sixteen years to be precise).
A great night of pure American rock and blues, they had the whole of Martyrs’ dancing and tapping their feet along with the catchy melodies. The dirty slide guitar and great vocal lone of “High and Humble” definitely got everyone going. Jeff’s gritty vocals and rhythmic guitar lines fit beautifully with Eric Saylors’ guitar riffs, along with the foot stomping rhythm section of Tod Bowers on bass and Joe Winters on drums, all came together perfectly to provide the strong performance we have come to expect from this Chicago four piece. A captivating show and a great night was had by all. It was difficult to decide who washing the most fun – the dancing and grooving crowd or the retro blues rockers on stage.