Jeff Myers & The Made of Steel Strings Band

Jeff Myers & The Made of Steel Strings Band

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This music continues to grow and bring different influences at each compelling show. Fans are excited about changes and upcoming dates and other bands and venues are starting to notice the original groove these guys are creating. Soon to blow up the entire Bay Area!

Biography

Jeff Myers and the Made of Steel Strings Band (JMMSSB) have been bringing their style to the San Francisco North Bay area and Marin County since the late summer of 2006.
In May of 2007, they were featured on Sonoma County radio 95.9 The Krush's Thursday Night Live w/ Andre deChannes, they have overrun local bars and hotspots w/ their devoted fans and have played packed shows w/ Airport Sexy,Josh Brough & Friends, Spare Change Romeos, Aumnibus featuring Singing Bear, Five Minute Orgy, Freedom Road, VooDoo Smooth and many more.
Front man, songwriter, and nylon finger-picker Jeffrey Myers grew up mainly throughout the south, in a classical and gospel musically oriented house and began studying music and composing at an early age, finally picking up a guitar in 2001.
Jeff moved to/ discovered the West Marin County area in 2002 and in 2005 began working at the local organic food store.
In September of 2005, at the store, a more than pivotal social scene in West Marin County, Jeff met Ohio transplant and future lead guitarist, steel string-picker Matt McLeod.
Matt grew up in Ohio and graduated Ohio State in 2005 and moved to the North Bay about an hour and a half later.
He shares vocal and musical ability w/ 3 siblings and has been developing his style on the 6 string for 13 years.
In April of 2006, the two started to play music together, their first collaboration being on the song “Ferris Wheel”. It was a ride.
And the ride continues, still...
Jeff and Matt fell into some kind of musical groove, and out of that groove, the Made of Steel Strings Band was born. The JMMSSB sound has continued to expand with the addition of BusStation NC the upright bass and the recent arrival of Wade Jah Hutson, composer, percussionist, bassist, etc.

Jeff Myers and the Made of Steel Strings Band is a relatively new and constantly evolving project that includes Jeff, Matt, NC, Wade and guest musicians such as singer/songwriters Greg Winser and Otis Scarecroe, mandolinist Jimmy Purvis, local fav and piano champ Chris Brown, blues harpist Ian Amsden-Ramberg, and Marin county flautist Carol Isaac. They have a vibrant and evergrowing fan base that fuels the music with their presence and dedication.
These elements have combined to give JMMSSB the opportunity to grow as a perfoming act and to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time.

With lyrics that cover topics from love and relationships to challenging societies views on war, poverty and creationism, JMMSSB brings a conscious uplifting quality to their shows.

Moving forward, JMMSSB is constantly covering new ground, including a summer tour of California and the Southwest U.S. and plans in the works for select spring dates through the midwest and along the wonderful East Coast.

JMMSSB is ever working on their first semi-pro EP.

Lyrics

Grasses and Mosses

Written By: Jeff Myers

I'd like some sense of my freedom back,
I'd like to think that my people,
Don't need to smoke crack.
Can't you see that we're under attack?
All this heresy will probably get me the rack,
It's makin' a comeback,
A comeback....

They still killin' people for what they believe
And they always got a trick up a greasy sleeve
And they told me that I would never be deceived
If I didn't leave,
So I had to go
I had to hit the road,
Go see a Dead show...

(chorus)
I have walked on the Island of Green,
I have spent an eternity wanderin' around
The mists that are in between
And I know that they told you it was a dream,
I had the same dream...
I had the same dream...

Theeeerrrre's a
Whole world in chains
And her people in boxes
And they try to hide the truth behind daggers and crosses
And I can't count the wars
I won't count the losses
But I see my mother dreamin' up the grasses and mosses,
I see my people cleanin' up the grasses and mosses,
And all the world just screamin' up
The green green grasses and mosses,
The green green
Grasses and mosses.....

They still killin' people for what they believe
And they always got a trick up a greasy sleeve
And they told me that I would never be deceived,
If I didn't leave,
So I had to leave,
I had to go...

(chorus repeat and fade....)

Ferris Wheel

Written By: Jeff Myers

There was a ferris wheel
I was out walkin'
And you were a moment in time.
When you looked my way
We talked without talkin'
You rode your horse over to mine...
And spread out before us
A forest, a chorus
Of women and cherries and wine,
There was a ferris wheel
I was out walkin'
And you were a moment in time.

Sometimes I'm dancin'
I make true romancin'
I spin myself close to that fire.
But it's ever burning
The skies ever turning
Better that than be stuck in the mire.
Fate I'm not tempting
I fall like a fledgling
Who knows that he's really a flier,
But sometimes I'm dancing
I make true romancin'
and spin a little close to that fire...

Sometimes I'm dyin'
I hear all the cryin'
My heart is like butter near flame.
But in all the ranting,
The can't-ing and panting,
It all washes out in the rain.
And I am left feeling
This green tide that's reeling
To tip the scales back in our name,
But sometimes I'm dyin,
I hear all the cryin',
My heart is like butter near flame...

If we could do somethin'
To lift up this sufferin'
We'd do it again and again....
We've tried and we've died and We've lied and we've cried
Pouring it out in the tip of a pen.
But if you can still see it
I swear it we'll free it,
Released from the bondage
Of stupid white men
Then we could do somethin'
To lift up this sufferin'
And do it again and again.
Yes, we could do somethin'
To lift up this sufferin'
And do it again and again...

There was a ferris wheel
I was out walkin'
And you were a moment in time.
When you looked my way
We talked without talkin'
You rode your horse over to mine...
And spread out before us
A forest, a chorus
Of women and cherries and wine,
There was a ferris wheel
I was out walkin'
And you were a moment in time.

Repeat and fade...

Castle Walls

Written By: Jeff Myers

(Verse I)
I kinda like saving ladies from dragons and towers
I could build you a bridge w/ poems and flowers,
You could let down your hair
Make love for hours,
To the rhythm of the summer showers
And the way it plays out on the flowers,
The warmth of intermingling powers,
For the moment
We're not anybody else's,
We're just ours....

(chorus)
It's not anything you did or did not do,
It's just the way that I feel when I'm
Around you.
Like something lost inside o' me found you
But I wouldn't want my love to drown you
Those castle walls so strong around you,
Ladies in waiting are there to confound you,
And all the men that surreptitiuosly surround you,
I thought I was the only one
That had found you....

(Verse II)
I rarely stick around long enough to catch the next one,
If I'm lucky then I might actually miss one,
As soon as I let go of this one,
Can I come on home?
Is my race run?
Can I call on God?
Is the grail won?
Can I lay it down?
Is my course done?
Oh why can't I let go?
I can't seem to let go of
This one
I would do anything that you asked me to do,
I would bring you the moon if I thought it was true,
I would stand in the middle right next to you,
Baby,
Whether the storm,
Maybe see it through,
Watch the sunrise
Over morning dew,
I would stand right here next to you...
If I thought that you wanted me...
Wanted me to...

(Chorus)

(Verse III)
I don't think I'll be chasin' anymore maidens.
I need a woman that don't need savin'
And someone who ain't playin' around
With me.
She know exactly what she want to be
And she already set herself free,
Yeah yeah yeah,
I don't know...
Maybe she will find
me....

(chorus 2x and fade)
copyright Jeff Myers 2007

Discography

First demo "Rough Around the Edges" is available now!
One thirty-seven minute, bare bones outback shack home recorded demo, Jeff and his guitar with one track including Matt residing on www.myspace.com/jmmssb.
Full 40 minutes of airtime and live music from the Thursday Night Live set.

Set List

Two 90 minute long sets that are always changing.
With such crowd favorites as "Ferris Wheel," "Castle Walls," "Represent," and "The Wedding Song" making regular appearances...
New songs being introduced at each show.