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Local 429

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"Peter Cooper"

“An up-and-coming crew (led by the way-cool Clay Steakley)… that presents poetic, drowsy, Velvets-fueled, Southern-filtered, well-layered songs with titles like ‘Biltmore Gardens’ and ‘Our Lady of the Highways’ (survey says: good stuff).” - Tennesseean

"Noel Murray"

“…A whispery, hypnotic sound clearly influenced by Leonard Cohen and the epic side of Bob Dylan. Their music is imaginative and winning… they’ve got promise.” - Nashville Scene

"Heather Johnson"

“Hypnotic folk-rock reminiscent of Lou Reed or Leonard Cohen with an earthy dash of Dylan. Stark, literate roots rock in the vein of Josh Rouse and Matthew Ryan (which is a very good thing, indeed). We love this band. Expect great things from these guys.” - All the Rage (formerly The Rage)


"Electricity to the People" TBA

"Keep Your Distance" streaming at myhotelromeo.com

More songs at www.myspace.com/local429



Local 429 is Clay Steakley – a musician, actor and writer originally from Nashville, now in Washington DC – and a revolving cast of supporting characters from Nashville’s music scene. As an actor, Clay was most recently seen in the CBS miniseries Elvis playing Bill Black, Elvis Presley’s bass player. In November, you can see him in theaters portraying Johnny Cash’s drummer WS “Fluke” Holland in the 20th Century Fox film Walk the Line which stars Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash. He also works as a music journalist and composes music for theatrical productions, most recently a politically charged adaptation of George Orwell’s Animal Farm.

On this album, Local 429 is Clay Steakley and Chip Jordan. Serving together as a rhythm section since 1994, Steakley and Jordan played in the Mercury Records-signed Lounge Flounders with Steakley on bass and Jordan on drums. After the release of the Flounders’ Imaginary Saints and extensive touring, the Flounders parted and Steakley and Jordan went on to play in the popular Nashville outfit Canebrake Quartet and work as sidemen. Steakley also served as bass player for acclaimed songwriter Matthew Ryan, as well as a number of Nashville artists, while building a successful career as a music journalist and actor. He set out to record Electricity…, bringing Jordan in to help with what was ostensibly a solo project, but Jordan’s input in arrangement and harmony and the talents of various and sundry collaborators soon turned the one-man act into Local 429 – named after the Nashville local of the IBEW, the electrician’s union that Steakley’s father has been a member of since 1967.

Inspired by the sparse, straightforward poetry of Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan and the skewed, dark vision of Tom Waits as well as Southern novelists like Cormac McCarthy, Flannery O’Connor and Barry Hannah, Steakley’s lyrics evoke the fleeting beauty of the everyday. With the political bent of Billy Bragg and Utah Phillips and the no-bullshit stance of a honky-tonker, he growls out laments in a manner that Matthew Ryan once described as, “Faulkner with a socio/political axe to grind picking a 5-string guitar with Lou Reed.”

Jordan and Steakley teamed up with producer/cellist David Henry, whose production and playing credits include Cowboy Junkies, Yo La Tengo, Guster and REM, to build Electricity to the People over the course of a year. More than just a recorded jumble of random tunes, it is a collection of particular songs that speak to one another. Brother songs and sister songs. With Henry at the recording helm, they cut the basic tracks with Jordan handling drums, percussion, loops and harmony vocals and Steakley singing and playing acoustic and electric guitars, bass and mandolin. They enlisted friends to contribute, including Swan Dive’s Bill DeMain (lead electric guitar on “Pretty Girls & Bonfire Boys”), Farmer Not So John’s Richard McLaurin (pedal steel on “Our Lady of the Highways” and lap steel on “Something Else”) and Molly Thomas (violin on “Our Lady of the Highways”). Henry was no slouch himself, covering cello, Lowrey organ, Wurlitzer and piano duties as well as the occasional harmony. Buddy Brian Bequette (Neilson Hubbard, Garrison Starr) provided thick, heart-stuttering bass.

The result is a focused, intensely personal collection of songs that are alternately confessional and confrontational. Producer David Henry refers to it as a Southern Velvet Underground. They touch on their roots in folk, country and thirty years’ worth of independent rock and mix them into an understated, unapologetic sound. With influences ranging from Cash to the Clash, from Tom Waits to Willie Nelson, from Elvis Costello to Lyle Lovett, from the Band to the Replacements, the boys in Local 429 have fashioned a record for the rest of us. A record about politics, about the struggle for identity in the boiling mess of consumerism, about love and love lost. About life.