Steve Raiken

Steve Raiken

 Toronto, Ontario, CAN
SoloFolkAcoustic

I perform on a regular basis as a solo singer/songwriter and guitarist. My performances are mostly original songs and instrumentals. My latest CD, "Stages," was released in 2010 with extensive radio airplay and a very successful concert at Hugh's Room, Toronto.

Biography

My music and guitar playing has been influenced by many musicians and styles over the years. I receive great audience response, especially for my songwriting and acoustic guitar playing. My slide guitar version of Amazing Grace has been viewed over 81,000 times and counting on YouTube; see the link on this page. There's also a link to an original slide guitar tune on YouTube.

I began perfoming professionally in the late 1960's with Marc Cashman as part of a folk duo, Cashman & Raiken. Marc and I performed in the Eastern U.S. and Canada as featured performers and as a lead-in for major acts such as Tom Rush, Hall & Oates, George Carlin and Alex Taylor.

Lyrics

Larry's Blues

Written By: Steve Raiken

Instrumental - no lyrics.
Copyright 2009 by Steve Raiken (SOCAN). Registered with the Songwriters Association of Canada/Canadian Song Vault.

A Father's Song

Written By: Steve Raiken

Verse 1
Boys, listen to me.
I want to help you to see.
There are so many forks in the road.
You got to know
Which one to choose
Which one to lose
On your own.

Chorus
Traitors and wise men
Are all the same.
They are the ones
Who know the game.
Ignore their words
But watch their eyes.
You are my sons
Know their disguise.

Verse 2
There are so many
Charlatans and clowns.
They are the ones
Who seem so sound.
If you listen
To your old man’s song
You might just find
Right from wrong
Light from darkness
On your own.

Repeat Chorus

Verse 3
Repeat verse one

Repeat Chorus
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Copyright 2009 by Steve Raiken (SOCAN). Registered with the Songwriters Association of Canada/Canadian Song Vault.

Muskoka Morning

Written By: Steve Raiken

Instrumental - no lyrics.
Copyright 2009 by Steve Raiken (SOCAN). Songs registered with the Canadian Association of Songwriters/Canadian Song Vault.

The Way

Written By: Steve Raiken

The Way
Music and Lyrics by Steve Raiken

Verse 1
I need a way to find the way
To be away from you.
Should I write or call?
That hurts so bad I’d rather do nothing at all.
Do I need to pray?
The heavens can’t hear you on a stormy day.
Then the only thing left to do
Is forget you
Is forget you.

Bridge
Can’t you see I’m trying not to hurt you?
I’ve got two sides but only one is facing you.

Verse 2
I need a way to find the way not to lie to you.
Lying’s easy when you’re on the road.
I need to lay beside you and not have to know the day.
Monday’s coming and you just can’t stay.
Then the only thing left to do
Is to marry you
Is to marry you
Is to marry you.
Can she stand the life of living on the road?
Is to marry you.
Can you still be free when two become one?
Is to marry you.

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Recorded on July 7, 2009 at Cherry Beach Sound, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Copyright 2000 by Steve Raiken.

Discography

My new CD, Stages, was released in 2010 at Hugh's Room, Toronto. Four songs from Stages can be heard by clicking Audio, above. Stages can be purchased in hard copy or downloaded from CD Baby at http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/steveraiken. It is also available on iTunes.

I recorded my first CD, Waterfall, in 2004. A hard copy can purchased from Indie Pool. Waterfall can also be downloaded from iTunes. See links below.

All songs are copyright by Steve Raiken (SOCAN) and are registered with the Songwriters Association of Canada/Canadian Song Vault.

Set List

My typical set is about 45 minutes to an hour. I usually perform two sets for club and coffeehouse appearances. I mix in a wide variety of rhythms, styles, tunings, use of the slide and audience participation on a few cover tunes. My signature tunes are some complex instrumentals and some unique slide guitar renditions of a few rock and Delta blues tunes and a traditional spiritual.