Robbin Steel & the Last Band

Robbin Steel & the Last Band

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Blues influnced funk and roots fusion rock-country with acid-jazz overtones.

Biography

The basic rhythm section that is Buddy, John & Rob have been together in various bands for 25 years. This most recent incarnation has these three in their home studio once a week at work on fifteen diverse tunes with help from a woman jazz vocalist, a Gospel/blues singer and an award winning banjo player. All have been journeymen players in the past, touring with bands and doing studio work for others. The occasional live gigs may include a full line up or just the trio. They will play a few benefits and parties with no net (no rehearsals)......just relying upon the backlog of songs they have known to suit the mood of the listeners.

The current task of completing the fifteen songs for a CD is their top priority even though the one night a week pace could be considered leisurely. The material is introduced by Rob and then shaped into a finished product by all of the band.

The material seems to flow from many influences. Frank Zappa, Eric Dolphy, Sun Ra, Peter Green, NRBQ, Hendrix, Nina Simone, Sandy Shaw and maybe a little sixties pop.

Lyrics

Blind Boy Bill

Written By: Rob

Blind Boy, Blind Boy Bill

The Lottery song

Written By: Rob Reisinger

The Lottery Song
(Robbin Steel – Rob Reisinger)

I wheeled gran’ma down to the convenience mart
She had a smile underneath two quotation marks
Vision of the good life running through her eye
She had a five dollar bill just to make it rhyme

She’s always talking about the lottery
And winning it all so we can live her dream
Buy us a horse, a house with a pool
‘gonna put both the twins through beauty school

The governor says “it’s good for our state”
“It’s the poor man’s tax, he can’t feel it this way.”
Just when you think that you ain’t got a prayer
Thank heaven above the lottery(s) there

Go ahead put your money down
Pull your lucky numbers up anywhere in town
You might win, you might not
Lottery is all you’ve got

Times are tough if you’re workin’ today
Forty hours of work and thirty of pay
The drive to the job gets to be so hard
With a dashboard piled with lottery cards
We see it written it may be a sin
But I read in the paper that somebody wins
Just when you thought that you didn’t have a prayer
Thank heaven above the lottery(s) there

Bite or shake the hand of fate
Cast your lot before it’s too late
You might win, you might not
Lottery is all you’ve got

Gran’ma’s chances just keep multiplyin’
Stakes gettin’ higher now every time
Just when you think that you ain’t got a prayer
Thank heaven above the lottery(s) there

Go ahead put your money down
Pull your lucky numbers up anywhere in town
You might win, you might not
Lottery is all you’ve got
Lottery is all you’ve got
Lottery is all you’ve got
Lottery is all you’ve got

La la la la la la lottery
La la la la la la lottery
La la la la la la lottery

Discography

In 1997, a Banjo driven CD called:
Moonshine Modem- Pretentious & Self-indulgent
was released locally and received local air play as well as a featured spot on the NPR “Car Talk” program. Audio files & sales from a now defunct web-site prompted some air play in Europe and a few invitations to come tour there. Napster has "These could be the good times" from this CD listed under The Last Band On Earth and this song was a winning entry selected for a city-sampler on a United Way promotion CD to benefit the homeless. More info at-http://www.myspace.com/robbinsteelandthelastband

Set List

The music defies a detailed verbal description and must be heard to be believed………listen and try to describe IT.
But- a typical set list might include:
Ole Man River
In & Out
Blues in the night
Mack the knife
Rollin' & tumblin'
St Louie blues
Caravan
You win again
Stompin' at the Savoy
AND-
a selection from a few about 25 orignial songs