Steve Vansak and the Joe Roberts Band

Steve Vansak and the Joe Roberts Band

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

Hendrixian fuzz meets Springsteen street poetry, with dashes of Foo Fighter melody, U2 passion and a good helping of Black Crowes style roots rock. Playing in the tradition of singer/songwriter rock bands like Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the group appeals to rock fans of all ages.

Biography

S.B.V. Records
2448 West 63rd Avenue
Merrillville, IN 46410
Bookings: 219-985-0353
info@stevevansak.com

Singer/songwriter/guitarist Steve Vansak was born and raised in Gary, Indiana, home of steel mills and the Jackson 5. Sandwiched between Chicago and miles of farmland, Vansak experienced many different lifestyles and musical styles. A veteran of the Midwest music scene, his bands have run the gamut from rhythm and blues, folk, Motown soul, pop, and rock.

His latest release, "The Other Side of America" is deeply rooted in the classic rock groove, while still sounding contemporary. The new CD was recorded with the Joe Roberts Band who nailed the blistering album opener "Come Home" in one glorious take. "It was like hitting the "easy button" on a few of these", says Vansak. "Three and half minutes later and bam, this perfect storm has been created. I was very pleased with the band's passion during these sessions".

Many of the songs are socially charged and Vansak's guitar skills have never been captured quite like this before. "We set up all these old, vintage amps and just went to town", he says. "This is an album for fans of vinyl records, young and old. Musically, we went for analog warmth. Lyrically, the same characters show up in different songs at various stages of their lives. There are many layers to uncover in these songs should the listener choose to do so".

The group brings the passion from studio to stage playing new songs Heavy Stuff (a rocking tribute to social changers past and present) and Brooklyn's House (a fun and incredibly catchy song about a house party) along side the folk rock of "Rocks and Bone" (from A Different Road) and funk rock of Testify (from the debut Permanent Red).

"The Other side of America" (as well as the older titles) is available at all the major download stores such as iTunes, eMusic, Rhapsody, Napster and more. The real find is the vinyl like CD release, with it's photo filled lyric book and a written introductory of each track from Vansak, who is the sole author of all the songs. "You've got to give people more than they bargained for", states Vansak. "That's our philosophy in the studio as well as onstage".

Lyrics

I Reach Out

Written By: Steve Vansak

I got no clothes on, keep my shades shut tight
I'm seeking shelter from the world outside
Telephone rings, it can cry all night I'm on an aeroplane that wants to glide
To a hemisphere outside my mind I'm gonna break that door down with all my might

I reach out - is anyone there
I reach out - to the cool night air
I reach out

I got an old car, and a job downtown
I love a woman who can shake me down
Saxophone sings, it's a haunting sound
It seems to lift me up, way off the ground
With a new-found glee that I have found
I'm gonna beat my drum 'til the walls come down

Please join me, get over
This apathy for your brother
It's tough as we get older
To lend a hand for another

Come Home

Written By: Steve Vansak


Come Home

Come Home, come home
Come on home to yourself

You’ve been sleepin’ in a slumber since you were seventeen
Far away baby from a peaceful retreat
On a cold, hard wooden floor - your chin against your knee
Too scared to break apart from these shackles at your feet

Making lots of money, but wasting energy
Eating and drinking and collecting things
Gotta mountain of honey - gonna savor every crumb
Such a shallow existence in the valley of the numb

I dream with my eyes open
Afraid, what I might miss

That dark haired jezebel
Awakens with a sweet, soft kiss

I step out in the light
I could go east, I could go west

Every mother’s son has a duty to do his best

Heavy Stuff

Written By: Steve Vansak

Heavy Stuff

Gonna lift this ten ton weight up off my back
Gonna knock that downbound train off of it’s track

We work all day for pittance come slave day
We sin all year for pennance on Judgement Day

Work - until you find reasons to live
Work - until there’s nothing left to give
Work - until there ain’t no tomorrows
Filled up with sorrows and fears

Gonna lace up my black boots strong and tight
Gonna roll up my shirt sleeves and stand and fight

We’re marching on the streets a million strong
We’re here to make a case ‘bout right and wrong

Work - until you find reasons to live
Work - until there’s nothing left to give
Work - until there ain’t no tomorrows
Filled up with sorrows and fears

Got Heavy Stuff floatin’ all around my head
Gonna pour it out like concrete on a highway bed

Work - until you find reasons to live
Work - until there’s nothing left to give
Work - until there ain’t no tomorrows
Filled up with sorrows and fears

Angelina

Written By: Steve Vansak

Angelina

Angelina’s got darkened eyes and golden hair
Sweet soft voice and smoldering look that’ll get you there
They say you can’t control her
She’ll let you know when it’s over
I long for her on those lonely nights
Will she or won’t she let me in her sights

Sweet baby’s in a hurry, runnin’ out of time
All the men in their pinstripe suits, well they ain’t so fine
They always act pocessive
It’s nothing but excessive
They got their lines rehearsed just right
She’s not gonna let them take her home tonight

Ooh, Angelina

Waiting on tables every night - she gets no sleep
Getting her kid off to school - to do what’s right
She’s yet to find a man with the faith to take that leap

Ooh, Angelina

Living In Me

Written By: Steve Vansak

Living In Me

Baby’s got more than she’ll ever know
She’s got more than she’ll ever see
She’s got love in her backyard
Power in a promise of faith eternally

Living In Me, inside of me

Baby lives life on the wrong side of town
She’s saying it’s the place to be
She’s got rocks in her pockets
Liquor in a satchel, a friend from the street

Running down the road, living a lie - ever so carelessly
Laughing about tomorrow, turning away
Says she’ll never need no one
Keeping undercover, a friend to the night - baby’s so hard to see
Dazed with confusion, out of control
She never sees the sun

Baby’s thinking now that she’ll never lose
She’s thinking that she’s so free
But it get’s you in the long run
Breaks you in the heart place
A feeling so lonely

Testify

Written By: Steve Vansak

Testify

Testify your love for me
Don't begin to doubt it
Too weak to fight it but don't sit beside it
Put it out there for all the world to see

Testify your faith in me
Stand up tall and shout it
Can't stop your crying - look in my eyes baby I ain't lying
Etch it in stone that we were meant to be

I'd walk them hot coals, beds of nails for you
And play them off like they was a joke
I'd give up money and my possessions, it's true
I'd give up anything just to walk around the block with you

I testify my love for you
You can't deny its power
As the north wind blows, take the edge off the heat
Baby please don't go
You know I long to be your lover

I testify my aim is true
We'll climb the highest tower
With your hand in mine and following blind
You know we're bound to be discovered

Discography

The Other Side of America - 2006
A Different Road - August 2002
Permanent Red - April 1997 (re-released with bonus tracks in 2003)
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'The Other Side of America' picks up three awards from Midwest Beat Magazine Readers 03/07:

Best Chicagoland Album Artwork:
1st Place: The Other Side of America - Steve Vansak

Best Chicagoland Album:
2nd Place: The Other Side of America - Steve Vansak

Best Chicagoland Songwriter:
2nd Place: Steve Vansak
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Music Video: The Patriots debuts in rotation on Canadian Music TV 02/07
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Track "Back To Indiana" featured on Late Show with
David Letterman 11/04
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Track "Rocks and Bone" becomes a regular feature on Night Rock radio on Midwest rock station X-ROCK 103.9 07/04
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A Different Road is voted Best Chicagoland Album by the editors of Midwest Beat Magazine 03/03

A Different Road receives multiple awards for Best Chicagoland Album, Best Album Artwork, Best Songwriter by readers of Midwest Beat Magazine.
03/03
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Track "I Reach Out" wins Adaptec song contest and bundled with their "Born To Burn" CD authoring software, reaching 10,000 listeners. 06/98
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All albums on iTunes and most major download sites.

Set List

Set list culled from 3 CD's of material and 10 - 15 cover songs per night. Cover songs range from classic rock (CCR, Hendrix, Springsteen, Petty) to mainstream new rock (Foo Fighters, Ryan Adams).

1. Come Home
2. King / Queen
3. Heart of the City
4. Heavy Stuff
5. Brooklyn's House
6. Angelina
7. The Other Side of America
8. The Patriots
9. 315 East Dixieland Avenue
10. Living In Me
11. Devil In Me / Angel In You
12. You Can Never Come Home
13. I Reach Out
14. Testify
15. She's an Infidel
16. I'm the Man
17. Rocks And Bone
18. Peace With The Night
19. Mountain Of Pain
20. All My Life

Cover Songs:
1. Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
2. I Got A Woman - Ray Charles
3. Don't Do Me Like That - Tom Petty
4. Fire - Jimi Hendrix
5. The Break Up Song - Greg Kihn
6. Pump It Up - Elvis Costello
7. Squeeze Box - The Who
8. Because The Night - Bruce Springsteen
9. Mysterious Ways - U2
10. Couldn't Stand The Weather - Stevie Ray Vaughn
11. Travelin' Band - C.C.R.
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