Steve Elliott & Lucie Walker
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Steve Elliott & Lucie Walker

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The best kept secret in music


"Cosmik Debris"

This music could have been born in a West Texas roadhouse as easily as a Bakersfield bar room, but in fact it comes from a less likely locale. Steve Elliott and Lucie Walker are based in the Canadian province of British Columbia, though Elliott originally hails from Liverpool and Walker was reared in Montreal. Somewhere, somehow, though, they got infected with a powerful dose of what they call rockincountryblues, and they're out to spread the fever.
Elliott is the principal songwriter, penning 10 of the discs 12 tracks, but the pair from Walker's pen are pretty fine songs as well, and she has a voice that's just as suited to a jukejoint jump as a heartbreak ballad. This is a great collection of country music from start to finish, sure to please traditionalists and new country fans alike. If you're lucky enough to live within reach of Vancouver, B.C. you should go catch them live at one of their regular gigs in the area and pick up a copy of this gem in person. For those at a distance, it can be found at the usual online suspects, and is well worth the click or two it will take to track down.
- Shaun Dale


There's a redneck ball at the Veteran's hall
And the telephone spreads the news
The country folk get together at night
It's a cure for the summertime blues
Everybody here knows everybody's car
It's a big city night in a small town bar
And everybody's rocking to a steel guitar
And they just take it as it comes
Vancouverites Steve Elliott and Lucie Walker sound like they've spent a lot of time channeling some errant Austin vibe bouncing off the Aurora Borealis. Listen to Straight Up once and you'll instantly comprehend why they styled their website as Straight Up, another album pointed out to us by Australian disc jockey Eric Black ("Blue Country Radio"), is a warm, friendly, unpretentious, imminently listenable roots rock Americana album full of roadhouse jump and grab-your-partner, dim-lights, slow-dance tunes that would fit in the Broken Spoke or Ginny's Little Longhorn as well as any of the current Austin faves.
Elliott and Walker trade off on lead vocals (Elliott is the rough-edged Bad Cop while Walker is the pure-toned, angelic Good Cop in this duo). Their singing is the centerpiece the songs are built around, and their zippy, tongue-tripping, double-time, now-what-did-they-say duets on several tracks may be the most appealing musical element on the album.
Elliott is the primary songwriter and whether it's a rocking, cocky-male-attitude barnburner or a bluesy, swinging love song, he understands the value of a well-placed hook. His songs have the savvy groove and that tell-tale infectiousness that imply that Mr. Elliott has paid his dues in the bars and knows what works (and what causes a singer to duck behind the chicken wire).
She got every little thing about love that a man could want
She got the face of an angel, moves like a debutant
You're settin' me up with that red-hot love
She knows how to love me, knows how to rattle my cage
And when she opened the door
You could feel the fires rage
On several tracks it's also understood that Elliott knows his Canadian musical heritage includes the likes of Ian Tyson and Gordon Lightfoot and George Hamilton IV, so, no matter how hard you rock or how blue you get, you owe it to yourself and your audience not to stray too far from a certain rural element that has always been present in the best of Canadiana. Mission accomplished.
Ms. Walker also takes a turn at songwriting with two tracks and hers is a sweet country-girl style. Where Elliott's songs are more "primal," Walker's are reflective, contemplative, and mellow. She's a deep thinker.
It's all right, just the way it comes
A little rain, a little sun
Life unfolds as it should
It's all right, baby, it's all good
It only hurts when you resist
Then you need your Poor Baby kiss
The did what they could
It's all right, baby, it's all good
One of the keys to Elliott and Walker achieving their rocking country blues sound is the expanded ensemble they play with. They employ steel (Charlie Hase), slide guitar (Jim Foster) and keys (Michael Creiber) on the jumpier rocking numbers, while on the country tracks they use Foster on mandolin and fiddler Frankie Rodgers along with Hase and Creiber. With producer John Cody on drums and Rob Becker on bass, this combo distinguishes itself with the wide variety of styles it plays with ease and familiarity.
Straight Up may never make it into the Billboard Top 10, but I have a different scale for measuring a record. I put it on and open the door so that people walking by (and trust me, these people come in all persuasions) can hear what's being played in my office. In the past month, Straight Up has caused more people to stop and stick their heads in and ask, "what's that you're playing?" (and "where do you buy records like that?") than any record I've received. I attribute this to its being a straight ahead, good-time, accessible album. Imagine making a record like that in this complex age of circus gimmickry.
*When people ask where I get music like Steve Elliott and Lucie Walker's Straight Up, I tell 'em Or else they could position themselves under the Aurora Borealis and just wait for the bounce.
- William Michael Smith

"Indie Music"

"This CD has several smash hit possibilities -- commercial, Top 40, mainstream country radio".

Steve Elliott and Lucie Walker prove -- once again -- that Nashville's not IT in country music -- anymore. The Canadians can do country just as well as anybody, maybe better. (Terri Clark, for instance.)

The Vancouver, British Columbia-based duo has released "Straight Up," a 10-song collection of soulful and passionate harmonies, danceable tunes and some rip-roarin' country rock. It's all done with high energy (although some tunes are a bit more laid back) and one gets the impression these two are really havin' some fun.

Steve and Lucie have only been singing together for about three years, but it sounds like ages. Their voices blend together beautifully to make these country tunes really stand out. It's Lucie's voice, however -- strong and pure -- that really carries the songs.

Instrumentally, this is pure country -- a perfect blend of traditional and modern. Two guys stand out from the talented mix of musicians: steel guitar player Charlie Hase and slide guitar player (and multi-instrumentalist) Jim Foster. It's the tunes that really rock which stand out -- the tunes where Jim just lets go and really lets 'er rrrrrrrrip.

Melodically, several of the songs are memorable -- i.e., you'll be hearing them in your head long afterwards. The opener, a rocker called "Feel the Fires Rage," is one such tune. Here, Charlie and Jim team up for some excellent guitar work.

Lyrically, the tunes are pretty standard fare, covering love and desire, love and loss and one tune about a redneck bar. But literary intricacy or thought-provoking social commentary aren't always what make a song good. Sometimes, the whole picture needs to be viewed. Commercial country music appeals to the gut-level emotions through basically simple lyrics and inviting melodies. The long and short of it is just this: This CD has several smash hit possibilities -- commercial, Top 40, mainstream country radio. There's every reason in the world for it to happen. - Les Reynolds

"My Kind Of Country"

Steve Elliott and Lucie Walker could change their names to "Leather and Lace" with the wonderful sound their contrasting voices create when blended together. Steve's earthy voice is the perfect compliment to Lucie's soft and sultry vocals. Together, they make a song come to life. Steve hails from Vancouver, B.C. and has been a musician since the
age of 5. When he was 10, he picked up the banjo, at 14, the guitar and at 16 he was writing and performing with his own group. His first Top 40 writing success came with Jamie Donald's version of "You're The Only One." No stranger to the music buisness, Steve has had his music recorded by artists such as B.C. Country Music's Entertainer of the Year, Bing Armstrong, 'Loverboy' rocker, Paul Dean, and Nashville country star, Ricky Van Shelton.
A French girl from Quebec, Lucie moved with her family to Ontario when she was 8. At age 12, she was accepted into music school where she sang with the award-winning St. Peter's choir. It was there that she became inspired to write songs. She won a singing contest at 19, which gave her the boost she needed to join a band and hit the road!
Lucie is the main vocalist on most of the songs and Steve sings lead on three of the ten songs, plays lead guitar on all songs and wrote eight of the songs on the album. Lucie also has her penmanship involved with the two songs that she wrote. Altogether, Steve and Lucie have created one dynamic duo and an impressive first album in "Straight Up".
Rather than use their names for their website domain, they chose to describe their music instead, calling it "rockin country blues dot com". That covers the biggest part of it as there is no one classification for Steve and Lucie's styles (and yes, I meant that in the plural sense). They go from the deepest country roots ("Borderline") to a rockin' fever of honky tonk ("Tumblin' Down") and finally meld into country blues ("The Truth In Your Eyes") that is nothing short of hit material. There's no one nitch to place them but to say they are country covering the gambit of Americana, country, rock and blues. Hence the title of their domain which I found very interesting, then understood completely when I heard their music.
The muscians who graced this work of art are first rate and are worthy of playing in any studio on any album. Their expertise was more than a compliment to Steve's and Lucie's singing, they were all so in sync it's as if they were one. They certainly deserve to have their credits involved for their wonderful work... artists one and all.
Bass: Bob Becker
Piano & B3: Michael Creber
Steel Guitar: Charlie Hase
Acoustic Guitar: Steve Elliottt
Drums and CD Production: John Cody
Fiddle: Frankie Rodgers
Mandolin, slide and electric Guitars: Jim Foster
Guitar Solo on "It's Everything to Me": Mike Crozier
Another treat is that the CD liner is a small booklet filled with all the credits, photos of everyone as well as the lyrics to all ten songs. This entire creation makes for a very beautiful package of talent.
The bottom line is, somewhere along the line, Steve Elliottt and Lucie Walker came together to make music. I can only believe that it was meant to be. Their sound is unlike any other, their talents, respectively combined, know no boundries. With it's broad-based appeal, "Straight Up" is one of those albums that will enrich any music lover's collection.

- Marlene Slater

"Music Emissions"

I received this CD with quite a nice press kit for a self-released effort and it brought my attention to it. Steve Elliott and Lucie Walker base themselves in Vancouver, BC and are making a very good name for themselves. They play an honest style of country music and they both share vocals making Straight Up a very diverse country album. Some No Depression fans may be a little turned off at how honest and straight-forward Elliott and Walker are but most fans should appreciate the tried and true nature that they are shooting for. There are a modest 10 tracks on Straight Up and it’s really hard to pick a favorite although I tend to lean towards the ones with Lucie Walker’s vocals. This may be a twosome that will make their fortunes off of people playing their songs but there really isn’t anything wrong with what they have to say themselves. Keep an eye out for Steve Elliott and Lucie Walker. - Dennis Scanland

"Freight Train Boogie"

The title of this new CD is amazingly apt. The music is all straight up roots rock and country with none of the poppy frills found on a lot of other so-called Americana artists' releases (hello Jolene and Wilco). What we have here is what could be referred to as a poor man's version of Buddy and Julie Miller, although that would be unfair to Elliott and Walker. Elliott does play guitar, but it's pretty much acoustic strumming and while he does write more of the songs (and sing the rockier ones). Lucie Walker usually sings the slower ones, both do a little more switching of styles than do the Millers. This CD also feels more "open" almost like an outdoorsy, music-in-a-field, organic style while Buddy and Julie's stuff feels more produced and polished. Yes, fans of the Millers will like this, as it covers a lot of the same musical terrain, but fans of pure country will probably dig this a little more as the frills are gone and their marvelous songs hold up well, without too much showing off of any type. A very good CD. - Scott Homewood

"Roots Revival"

A really country-roots-rock cd from the Vancouver duo. This is country music like they don’t make it anymore in Nashville. They wrote all the songs themselves. Up-tempo songs(“Feel the fires rage”,”Tumblin’ down”) are varied with mid-tempo songs(“A girl would have to be a fool”,”It’s all right”) and nice ballads(“Borderline”,”No winner takes all”). They save the best for last : “The truth is in your eyes” is a great country-blues song. Listening to Stevie and Lucie reminds me of the Woodys and Buddy and Julie Miller. This is a great cd for every country-music lover. - Raymond Swennen

"Scene Magazine"

"They call their music "Rockin' Country Blues" but all their tunes reveal deep country roots. A tasteful steel guitar and fiddle embellish a mixture of 10 original tunes ranging from the rockin' 'It's a Cruel Cruel World' to ballads like 'Borderline'. Straight Up features great harmonies and superb musicianship, so if you like your country on the contemporary side, you can't go wrong picking up this CD. In fact, you can even dance to it!" - Fred Smith

"The Vancouver Province"

"With a loose, rootsy feel, Steve Elliott and Lucie Walker seem to be having a heck of a good time!" - John P. McLaughlin

"'Hardcore Country' CHRW 94.7 FM"

"It’s a very, very good record...they are to be congratulated!" - Tom Everet


cd: Steve Elliott & Lucie Walker - Straight Up
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On their debut CD, Straight Up, Steve Elliott & Lucie Walker charmed fans and critics with their soulful harmonies and original, high-octane Rockin' Country Blues.

Their songs and exciting Texas/Americana sound have found their way onto the big screen, with 9 of their tunes in 3 feature films (3 in Malcolm McDowell's 'The Barber', and 3 in the independent feature, 'Little Boy Blues', and 3 in 2005's 'Rapid Fire').

Another song,''Tumblin' Down', also from Straight Up, now has its own Country Line Dance, choreographed by Michele Perron, and taught internationally (Canada, U.S., U.K. Australia).

On their upcoming disc, currently in the works, fans will be treated to another great collection of heartbreakers and barn burners worth writin' home about!

In the Beginning . . .

When they first met in 1993, Steve and Lucie had a feeling they already knew each other. When they first sang together, they couldn't get over how easy and natural it was.

Both songwriters, they understood each other's music, and found their harmonies quickly. Mostly, this just stayed in the living room, and it wasn't until the Fall of '99 that they decided to perform together regularly, touring Canada and opening for country star, Terri Clark.

Currently . . .

They've since wowed audiences at all sorts of gigs from coffee houses to concert halls with the highly charged performances they've become known for.

With a fan-base growing exponentially by word-of-mouth alone, these independent artists are prime examples of grassroots success based on good old fashioned talent, and outstanding, radio-friendly songs.

Catch this duo live… you'll become a believer!