Minnesota State Fair, MN 2008
Rock Bend Folk Festival, MN 2008
Logjam Music Festival, MN 2008
Famous Dave's Blues Festival, MN 2008
Boats & Bluegrass Festival, MN 2008
Rhythm On The River Festival, MN 2008
Newport Guitar Festival, FLA 2008
Healdsburg Guitar Festival, CA 2007
Boats & Bluegrass Festival, MN 2007
Unvarnished Music Festival , MN 2007
North Versus South Festival, KS 2007
Minnesota State Fair, MN 2007
Kandiyohi County fair, MN 2007
Newport Guitar Festival, RI 2006
Unvarnished Music Festival, MN 2006
Minnesota State Fair, MN 2006
Intercontinental Guitar Festival, CZ 2004
Resophonic Guitar Festival, MN 2002-2004
The Brass Kings new CD "Washboard Rope Guitar"
"Resonator Guitar, Washtub Bass, Washboard, Fridge Door, and Hand Drum --- that's the musical lineup for this Minneapolis based "Alt-folk stringband." The group is led by Steve Kaul who wrote all the songs except for their version of a Yiddish traditional piece, which is so unique, they might as well have written it. Song topics include the story of a tinsmith, and a moment by moment description by a miner and a canary as the mine collapses. Steve also vividly details what a factory worker is thinking about as he produces parts for a bomb. The song is cleverly titled "Killing Time." This is fairly thoughtful fodder for a bluesy string band, but they did say they were 'alt-folk.' This 'alt' term is being thrown around a lot lately; perhaps for The Brass Kings 'alt' means traditional instruments backing intelligent editorials. I think they're ready for a national audience. Folk Alley will give them one."
- Folk Alley, 2008
"...Kaul steps out as a bona-fide local treasure on this disc, from his dazzling resophonic guitar work in songs such as "17th Crow Wing Lake Breakdown" to his vividly drawn story-songs, including "Northbound" and "Killing Time."
- Minneapolis Star Tribune, 2008
Steve has performed at festivals in the US and Europe and has garnered accolades for his guitar playing and songwriting. He continues to write and record both for his solo project and for The Brass Kings. His blending of aggressive country-blues fingerpicking with world music influences gives the Brass Kings a unique style.
Mikkel Beckmen began playing with Charlie Parr on a case of beer bottles many years ago. He honed his skills playing with a host of great musicians including the legendary Greg Brown. He plays a Brass King washboard, refrigerator parts and pieces of wood.
Brad Ptacek grew up in Babbit Minnesota - a feisty punk-loving kid on the range. Moving to Minneapolis, he attended art school, landed a bass gig with the Urban Guerillas and toured regionally. He plays his homemade washtub bass with a punk-rockers energy - coaxing notes from an instrument most people have a hard time just keeping in tune.
The Brass Kings
Steve Kaul - Guitars & Vocals
Mikkel Beckmen - Washboard, Butter Dish, Hand Drum and Refrigerator Door
Brad Ptacek - Washtub Bass
The Brass Kings / Washboard Rope Guitar - 2008
Dream Horse Records DH0015 - 13 song Audio CD
The Brass Kings CD - 2006
Dream Horse Records DH0011 - 13 song Audio CD
Airplay on The Current, KAXE, KFAI
and university stations. Also great airplay in
Colorado, Kansas, Missiouri, Iowa, Idaho, Washington and California.
Steve Kaul - Utah Sun - Solo CD - 2004
Dream Horse Records DH0005 - 12 song CD
Radio Play on Acoustic Cafe, Whole Wheat Radio, Folkweb, Minnesota Public Radio, Wisconsin Public Radio, Kansas Public Radio, Utah Public Radio, KFAI Community Radio & Alaska Public Radio
Streaming on the website.
Voices in the Wilderness - Anti-War Compilation - 2001
3 CD Set - artists against the Iraq war
National airplay for original song "George Juts His Chin". Interviewed on nationally syndicated Pacifica Radio program - 2002.
The New Grass Heads- Lost Episodes - 1996
Dream Horse Records DH0001 - 12 song CD
Ghost Dance Deluxe - Mission Impossible - 1993
Channel 83 Records - 7" Red Vinyl Single
The Brass Kings - Muleskinner Blues
The Brass Kings - Rural Methlab Blues
The Brass Kings - Lead Feet
Steve Kaul - Northbound
Steve Kaul - Travellin' Through
The Brass Kings - The Major's Gone
Pulse of the Twin Cities
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"One of the most unconventional old-timey stringbands in town, their ferocious, world-influenced rhy..."One of the most unconventional old-timey stringbands in town, their ferocious, world-influenced rhythms take that old-timey sound down some unusual roads… they're not to be missed."
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"…the sound of a master fingerpicker on a resonator is still something special. Local guitarist Stev..."…the sound of a master fingerpicker on a resonator is still something special. Local guitarist Steve Kaul has a way with the instrument that should appeal to fans of Leo Kottke…"
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“I’ll forgive you for not realizing country blues could be comfortably married to Eastern music, bec...“I’ll forgive you for not realizing country blues could be comfortably married to Eastern music, because I never would’ve thought of that pairing either. Fortunately, the Brass Kings did…(they) conjure up a unique multicultural musical fusion, one that sounds like very little of what gets labeled “Americana”. And thank goodness for that.”
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"The back porch, stripped-down approach of the Brass Kings on their self-titled debut release is ref..."The back porch, stripped-down approach of the Brass Kings on their self-titled debut release is refreshing, comforting and a knee-slappin' good time."
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Steve Kaul's propulsive guitar work drives his songs forward on Utah Sun, laying down the perfect ba...Steve Kaul's propulsive guitar work drives his songs forward on Utah Sun, laying down the perfect backdrop for stories about broken-down cars ("Dynaflow") and the open road ("Travelin' Through"). Kaul has a knack for decorating his original songs with the right blues or folk lick, and for making simple arrangements sound full--one man, one guitar. A nice, down-to-earth folk effort.
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"Their first recording displays a disarming wit and charm reminiscent of the Front Porch Swingin’ Li..."Their first recording displays a disarming wit and charm reminiscent of the Front Porch Swingin’ Liquor Pigs…"
Minneapolis Star Tribune
"..an exceptional picker…"
How Was The Show
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"Top-notch songwriting from metal-bodied resophonic guitar player Steve Kaul, and listenable, haunti..."Top-notch songwriting from metal-bodied resophonic guitar player Steve Kaul, and listenable, haunting songs with timeless lyrics make this an album you'll want to play again and again."
International Guitar Seminar
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Equipped with only his voice and guitar, he delivers his songs with soul and dedication. All in all,...Equipped with only his voice and guitar, he delivers his songs with soul and dedication. All in all, I felt his songwriting is of a very high standard and his delivery as a vocalist as well as fingerpicking and flatpicking guitarist is top notch.
Radio Centraal - Belgium
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The guitar style (Acoustic Guitar, Resophonic Guitar) shows a nice mixture of blues, mixed with infl...The guitar style (Acoustic Guitar, Resophonic Guitar) shows a nice mixture of blues, mixed with influences of some American folk style traditions, finger-picking and flat-picking, played pretty past. Especially the fingerpicking with its traditional foundations was influenced by beside people like John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis, by John Fahey and Leo Kottke, perhaps for it's arranged fast playing and inspiration of older styles into something fresh. Very good ! ****
Rural Methlab Blues
Looking for Augusta
Morning News (instrumental)
St. Francis of Hoboken
Isabella's Luau (instrumental)
Star Crossed Lovers
When The Springtime Comes
The Major's Gone
Way Back Home (instrumental)
Buffalo Hide & Rattlesnake Skin
One Eyed Man
Minister's Daughter's Blues
One More Taste of Wine
Dream Horse Road
The Box Man
When Eloise Came To Town
17th Crow Wing Lake Breakdown (instrumental)
Blues For Morgan Acres (instrumental)
What's Your Name
Jealous Boy Blues
Last Year's Row
Bing Bang Boom
Too Much of Any Good Thing
Three Sisters Waltz (instrumental)
To Live's To Fly - Townes Van Zandt
Devil's Right Hand - Steve Earle
Bird On A Wire - Leonard Cohen
Don't Think Twice - Bob Dylan
Sam Stone - John Prine
Grievous Angel - Gram Parsons
Shorty George - Traditional
Whiskey In The Jar - Traditional
Crossing Muddy Waters - John Hiatt
Ace Of Spades - Motorhead
Walkin' On The Moon - The Police
Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash
I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash
City Of New Orleans - Steve Goodman
Fireball Mail - Fred Rose
Muleskinner Blues - Jimmy Rogers
Great Dream From Heaven - Joseph Spence
In Christ There Is No East Or West - Arr. John Fahey
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