Steve McCormick Band
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Steve McCormick Band

Los Angeles, CA | Established. Jan 01, 2001 | SELF

Los Angeles, CA | SELF
Established on Jan, 2001
Band Americana Rock




"Creator of Brilliant Americana"

Steve McCormick is the music world’s Renaissance man: studio owner, producer, performer, session player and singer-songwriter. He’s also a tech wizard, building his own microphones. His current album, Stars and Chandeliers, a collection of Americana songs, is being released in chapters. The latest chapter is The Laws of Love.

When presented with the opportunity to interview Steve, I jumped at it because there’s a gut-wrenching edginess to his brand of Americana that’s almost primal in flavor. - Huffington Post

"Stars and Chandeliers - Rating: 8.6/10"

Stars and Chandeliers is the latest album from Steve McCormick. Say a Prayer for New York City, the album’s first track, does well to approximate the city. There are sizzling horns, a rapid tempo, and a tremendous amount of narrative that is inserted within this instrumental composition. Say the Word is a touching and deep effort, with McCormick’s vocals pulling double duty. More than just providing lyrical content, Steve’s softly-stated vocals add considerably to the overall instrumental arrangement of the single.

Lying On the Bottom shifts things up considerably. This draws deeper on the blues / bayou rock tradition. This earlier tradition is refreshed nicely by McCormick, who is able to imprint his charismatic sound upon each note of this composition.

Early in the Morning continues this tradition; the call and response of this effor tis given a bit more oomph with a walking bass style. The presence of a harmonica is the cherry on top of this sundae; McCormick is able to go into Fruits of My Labor and No Love Lost with a good momentum. These two tracks are vital on Stars and Chandeliers as they showcase the slower side of Steve.

Sahara is the final track on Stars and Chandeliers. It is a vital effort in that it ties together the disparate styles, sounds and approaches that McCormick had utilized previously on the album. Listeners should tune in to this final effort because it also showcases potential pathways for McCormick to go for the follow-up to this album. Stars and Chandeliers is a tremendously powerful statement; fans will marvel at the deep and intelligent compositions that Steve has placed within. The album is available from DSPs and record stores, including CDBaby and Amazon.

Top Tracks: Say a Prayer for New York City, Lying On the Bottom, Fruits of My Labor

Rating: 8.6/10 - NeuFutur

"Soldier Speak Radio"

Steve McCormick spoke with Soldier Speak Radio about his latest album, Stars and Chandeliers, his upcoming schedule, and about his lifelong support for the troops. - NFOTUSA


Stars and Chandeliers (Album) [2018]
We Speak in Tongues (EP) [2017]
The Laws of Love (EP) [2017]
The Tripping Years (EP) [2017]
Sons of Guns (Album) [2014]



Rooted firmly in the modern heartland, veteran singer-songwriter Steve McCormick recently released We Speak In Tongues, the third and final installment of his transportive Stars and Chandeliers trilogy (The Tripping Years and The Laws of Love preceded). 
Kicking off the latest expedition, his eighth release overall, is the perpetual beauty of “Since I Fell,” a lilting romp through the throes of love that features some scintillating slide guitar reminiscent of the best of Ry Cooder. From there, McCormick lassos some melancholy hope on “High Horses,” which contains the lyric, “Wild appaloosas with thoroughbred blood, dragging our names through the dust and the mud.” Picking up the reigns is the horn-driven, boot-scootin’ bustle of “Lucky Tonight,” which features trumpeter Jordan Katz (Fitz & the Tantrums, Lucinda Williams, Future Islands) trombonist/saxophonist Dave Ralicke (Blues Traveler, Ben Harper, Beck), pianist Pete Wasner (Vince Gill, Garth Brooks, John Prine) and the mind-bending rhythm section of Neville Brothers’ bassist Daryl Johnson, and the late Richie Hayward, from Little Feat, on drums.” Rounding out Tongues is the spiritual treatise, “Souvenirs,” which includes the lyric, “We speak in tongues," and the soul-enriching groove of “Sahara,” which features Eric Lynn on harmonium, Stanley Behrens (War, Willie Dixon) on Alto flute and Soprano saxophone, Phil Bass on cajon, and backing vocals by Heather Donavon, of Melody Gardot and Keb’ Mo’ acclaim.
Carrying the influence of iconic American artistry from the likes of Townes van Zandt, Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, and Grateful Dead, McCormick's soulful guitar texture and raspy tone on We Speak In Tongues is pure grade Americana sautéed with contemporary blues. Throughout the excursion, McCormick's deft slide guitar is in the driver seat, though he expertly augments it with a cornucopia of instrumentation including Hammond B3, Rhodes piano, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, alto flute, congas and pedal steel. It’s an immersive experience. With two decades as an audio engineering guru, McCormick lent his vast array of production skills to the recording, and utilized his own custom McCormick Audio recording gear which includes tube microphones, tube pre-amplifiers, tube compressors and passive summing arrays to combine old-school analog sound with a pristine clean signal path. The meticulous results are bound to appeal to the casual listener and the audiophile.
Raised in the Midwest, Steve's interest in roots music led to a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he wrote his senior thesis on American Music. In the years that followed, he honed his recording skills by working with tube microphone expert Steve McKinstry at Salmagundi Studios. Relocating to Los Angeles in 1992, he’s a studio owner, producer, performer, session player, composer/songwriter and microphone builder.

As a session player, McCormick’s playing has been heard in dozens of national TV commercials including McDonalds, Nike, Nissan, Chevron, Coors, SBC, Long John Silver and Cialis, for which he composed the infamous "bass line" that’s lodged itself in the collective consciousness of this great nation. He also played guitar on the theme song for the Warner Brothers hit Felicityand has contributed to TV shows such as Walker, Texas Ranger, and NBC's Homicide. A card-carrying member of the Hollywood Local 47 Musician’s Union, his on-screen debut occurred in the Michael Keaton movie Jack Frost, playing guitar in the Shiverfest scene.
Though his guitar mastery is highly sought after, his songwriting and recordings have also given him the opportunity to collaborate with some of the best in the business, including Stan Behrens (Canned Heat, War, Willie Dixon), Eric Lynn, Richie Hayward (Little Feat), Stevie Di Stanislao (CSN, Joe Walsh, Loggins and Messina, David Gilmour), Daryl Johnson (Neville Brothers, Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris), Eric Heywood (Jayhawks, Calexico, Ray LaMontagne), Phil Cody, and Pete Wasner (Vince Gill, Lowell George). As a producer, he’s worked with Michael Sherwood, Tom Freund, Phil Cody, and, most recently, Amilia K. Spicer on her Wow and Flutter opus.

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