The As You Go Band
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The As You Go Band


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""It Makes a Difference" CD review"

"This CD has awesome guitars, vocals, lyrics, and just overall great music. There is a refreshing variety throughout the CD that keeps a listener interested and looking forward to the next song. The unique message inside each song speaks to your heart and keeps you going back again and again and seeing a new aspect within the song. I highly recommend this CD."
- a fan

"Volunteers of America Award"

We have received a Special Friend Award from the Volunteers of America Colorado Branch. Here is a part of the award letter, "For the past five years, your band, As You Go, has changed the world for the better by using music to brighten the lives of homeless individuals and families in the inner-city of Denver." - Volunteers of America

""Your heart is in safe hands....""

"Hope", "your heart is in a safe hands", "a 60's feel", and "guitar solos create magic", is how John Moore described his experience listening to The As You Go's Band first CD, "It Makes a Difference".

John Moore hosts a weekly show on KRZA radio that focuses on healing sounds. John invited Rick and Steve to an in-studio interview in July 2008.
- John Moore, KRZA radio, Music Mesa show

"comment from a fan"

"...your music is some of the most beautiful & soothing i've heard in a long time..." - a web site

""Atmospheric Christian rock...""

Carmen Allgood, from The Colorado Wave, described our music as, "Atmospheric Christian rock" when she played one of our songs on her radio program. - The Colorado Wave

"comment from a fan"

"Crisp, energetic sounding group. It plays to your soul. I like them" - Jango

"comment from a fan"

"Nice harmonies, a bit of a Tom Paxton sound (believe me, that's a VERY GOOD thing!!). And I really like the poetry of the song!" - Jango

"comment from a fan"

"Nice lyrics to the songs...They are saying some important things. It is goood listening." - Jango


As You Go released their first CD, "It Makes a Difference" in 2006. We are in the studio now, 2010, completing our second CD entitled Second Book. We plan to release this CD in the summer of 2010.



Imagine Neil Young, The Allman Brothers, Stephen Stills, Pink Floyd, Richard Thompson, The Ozark Mountain Daredevils and James Taylor getting together to sing about God – this is the best way that I can describe our sound. Perhaps I’m dreaming and I only wish we sounded like this. Listen to our songs, what do you think?

One more thing, we are consistently told that our music is soothing and peaceful. For example, after a set, a gentleman came up to us and declared, "listening to your music makes me feel better”. My-Oh-My, this is the best possible way to describe our music!



If you enjoy details, read on...

The As You Go Band is an American Band playing in the Americana style telling the multilayered story of human existence and the journey of mankind. The As You Go Band played its first date five years ago. Since then, the Band has played various venues in the Front Range and Southern Colorado. The Denver Volunteers of America organization calls The As You Go Band “our band.” We have been playing at VOA events for the last five years, including playing for the folks who are homeless at the VOA Mission in downtown Denver. We write our own music and our songs focus on things of God. As You Go is not a “praise and worship” band. Rather, we write about life’s astonishing journey via the Americana/Folk/Rock genre. Our songs are generally considered “deep” and story driven, to which many people respond.

Here are the detailed stories of our band members.

Steve Blechschmidt
Steve starting playing guitar eight years ago because of a promise to his daughter ~ “I’ll learn guitar if you continue your piano lessons.” A guitar has never been far from Steve’s side throughout those eight short years. His passion for guitar, music theory, song writing, and performing is daunting. Steve’s study of classical guitar, fingerstyle guitar and his love for long, Allman Brother like guitar runs manifests itself in his melodic lead guitar playing.

Rick Larson
Rick has been playing guitar since 1959. He made his first commercially released record in 1962. After a break to raise a family, he’s back as a part of the As You Go Band, writing, singing and playing rhythm guitar. Rick never feels more like himself than when he’s standing on a stage in front of a microphone with a guitar in his hands. He and Steve produced their first commercial release, “It Makes a Difference” during the course of 2006 at Raven Records in Englewood, CO.

The four piece version of The As You Go Band includes Guy Steagall and Galen Achten.

Guy Steagall
The As You Go Band is fortunate to have Guy Steagall playing guitar and bass. Guy's liquid speed is something to behold. Guy grew up playing music on the North Side of Chicago, IL. In the 80’s he toured nationally, either playing with or sharing concert stages with Robert Palmer, Dave Mason, Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen, Leon Russell, The Grass Roots, Leo Kottke, Chuck Berry, Leslie Gore, Tommy James and The Shondels, and many more. In a 1982 music review, Variety Magazine said: “Steagall plays the 6 string lead guitar… and shows impressive technique in high speed picking… Indefatigable, pours it on throughout.”

Galen Achten
Galen started playing drums in 1968 at the age of 14. As the years passed he was in many types of bands; Blues, Jazz and Rock, playing drums and all types of percussion instruments. He played in many night clubs in the Wichita area; mostly Rock clubs but also Jazz and Blues clubs. In 1986, Galen and two good friends with whom he had played in a band for a long time began writing and recording their own music. The band had to break up for reasons beyond their control. Galen stopped playing for some ten years. He got married to Cindy, they had a son Garrett, and he zoned in on his career. Then one day a good friend, Steve Blechschmidt stopped by his house and asked him to blow the dust off his drums and help him put a CD together with Rick Larson. And the outcome is "It Makes a Difference" by the As You Go Band!!