Steve K & the Hardwood Groove

Steve K & the Hardwood Groove

BandFolkAcoustic

"hot, intricate acoustic guitar work...excellent guitar playing and songwriting" - Victoria's News/A&E weekly: MONDAY MAGAZINE

Biography

The title of Steve K's new album DOWN TO EARTH says a lot about his music. With plenty of “hot, intricate acoustic guitar work” and many themes portraying a strong sense of place, Steve K's music firmly takes root in the earthy field of contemporary folk music. Drawing on a palette of flying fingers, funky rhythms, and colorful sounds, this Gibsons, BC based musician's songs and instrumentals paint a broad musical picture that balances his redneck roots and rat race training. The result? He's like a west coast Chet Atkins shaking his booty down the bohemian boulevard.

After growing up in Fishbowl, BC, Steve K's professional career began at the age of 18 when he started playing in dance bands to pay his way through university. In 1995, Mr. K (a.k.a. Steve Karagianis) graduated with distinction as a classical guitar performance major and voice minor from the UVic School of Music where “[he] set a new standard in guitar excellence” (Dr. Alex Dunn). Through many years of forging a living performing and touring on four continents at concert halls, festivals, cruise ships, bars, pubs, coffee houses, TV and radio stations, Steve's sound evolved into the intricate acoustic music heard on his first full length album HEADSPACE (2003), acclaimed for its “excellent guitar playing and songwriting” - (MONDAY MAGAZINE). In that same year, outfitted with a dry-bagged guitar and his love of the wild, Steve embarked on the State of the Strait Concert Kayak Tour - a 5 week, 420km concert tour in which he travelled via kayak.

Acclaimed guitar playing and songwriting aside, what really defines Steve K's music is a sense of place. From DOWN TO EARTH's opening strains of west coast ethnic fusion in the breathtaking acoustic guitar instrumental “Ten Gallon Turban” to its symphonic conclusion with the title track, Mr. K's adventurous fingers endeavour to depict the peaks and valleys of his homeland. One of the album's strongest tunes, “Where I Belong”, characterizes the sense of place in his music: it's an anthemic tribute to Canada's westernmost province featuring K's earthy baritone alongside the angelic voice of two time Juno winner and fellow Howe Sounder Shari Ulrich. DOWN TO EARTH also features excellent musicians Mr. K performs regularly with: percussionist Boyd Grealy (Uzume Taiko, UVic School of Music grad - Grealy and K's musical relationship goes back 17 years, when they paid their way through university in a 50's dance band and then went broke in a progressive rock band), upright bassist Paul Bergman (Slow Drag, Corcavado, Grant McEwan School of Music grad), and Sunshine Coast fiddler Serena Eades (Brandon University School of Music grad). With production assistance by two time Juno winner Steve Dawson (of Zubot & Dawson), drum kit by outstanding Vancouver session drummer Phil Belanger, additional vocals by versatile Cap College voice instructor Sylvia Zaradic, and engineering work by Juno nominated Sheldon Zuharko and Liam May, it's an album fit for fans of fine acoustic music and anyone who appreciates a sense of place.

Lyrics

Lions Gate

Written By: Steve K

LIONS GATE* - © Steve Karagianis/www.stevekmusic.com July 6, 2005

Grew up trapped in a fishbowl town
Lapping round and round
Nowhere to live it up
No way to live it down

Every road dead ended down
By the highway out of town
Every night ended the same
Riding the high road round my brain
Where dreams of city roads
Gleamed like scenes from TV shows
Where one day I'd escape
And make my way across the Lions Gate*

The only girl that caught my eye
Left me lonely by and by
The only route left was to roam
Or stay and waste away alone
I packed my pick-up truck
And rolled out west to test my luck
By roads and streams like dark veins lead
To the racing heart pumping from the sea
On a long gray day
I slipped into the haze
To join the rumble of the concrete jungle
And soar across the roar of Lions Gate

I never knew what rat race meant
Til I blew big city rent
The world's a maze where nothing’s wild
The great escape is buy
Where lights turn green and rats race down
A maze to reach the cheese uptown
The rat race wrecks sit and beg for change
And the money junkies keep it all the same
On my brightest days
I clear the yellow haze
To join the line up the 99
And leave behind the whine of Lions Gate

* the bridge from the North Shore mountains that leads across Burrard Inlet to downtown Vancouver, BC

Lions Gate

Written By: Steve Karagianis

Grew up trapped in a fishbowl town
Lapping round and round
Nowhere to live it it up
No way to live it down

Every road dead ended down
By the highway out of town
Every night ended the same
Riding the high road round my brain
Where dreams of city roads
Gleamed like scenes from TV shows
Where one day I'd escape
To make my way across the Lions Gate...

Ten Gallon Turban

Written By: STEVE KARAGIANIS (a.k.a Steve K)

Instrumental

Ten Gallon Turban (Instrumental)

Written By: Steve Karagianis (a.k.a Steve K)

Middle Eastern/Western Fusion
Instrumental
Alternate mixes available (with tabla, without drum kit, with strings).
One stop publishing

Discography

DOWN TO EARTH (2007) - airplay: Where I Belong, Blackberry Mambo, Lions Gate

HEADSPACE (2003) - airplay: Under the Garry Oak, Down Pounds the Rain, A Boat With No Wake, The Ride Home

SO LONG VELVET RUT (1999)

Set List

SET LISTS
Set lists and lengths are variable.
Instrumentals with occasional songs and stories.
Occasional covers by Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney