The Steepwater Band

The Steepwater Band

 Chicago, Illinois, USA

"Taking a spin with Chicago sons The Steepwater Band is akin to traversing the backroads of American rock and blues, then crossing the pond for a close look at how certain British rock gods purveyed that music." ~ Ward Meeker, Vintage Guitar Magazine


Steven Sime | 815-557-9407

Jake Lankheit | 704-358-4777


~ Signs exclusive booking representation through Intrepid Artists International

~ Recent song placements in major motion movies - One For The Money and Five Year Engagement

~ The Steepwater Band released Clava to rave reviews!

~The Steepwater Band lands endorsement deals with Gibson Guitars, Reverend Guitars, Sonor Drums, D'Addario Strings and Evans Drum Heads.

~ The Steepwater Band signs with Teenage Head Music booking agency out of Belgium. Expect a full blown European tour end of 09/early 10.

~ Grace And Melody getting rave reviews. Please check out the press section.

~ Grace And Melody to be reviewed in the November 2008 issue of Hittin The Note and the February 2009 issue of Vintage Guitar.

~ The bands new album, Grace And Melody, will be released on November 26 with a FREE show at Chicago's own, Double Door.

~ Grammy winner and former Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford will produce The Steepwater Band's new album. Recording is scheduled to take place in May 2008 at Compound Studios near Los Angeles, CA.

~ The band released their first concert DVD on March 21, 2008. The performance was shot at The Rutledge music club in Nashville, TN, in 2007.

~ The TV series "Friday Night Lights" used The Steepwater Band song "Revelation Sunday" on the DVD and online versions for one of its episodes (#211).

~ The band returned to Europe in July, 2007, for a ten-city tour that began in Barcelona with Gov't Mule and John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, and also included a date with long-time Black Crowes guitarist Marc Ford. "Songs From the Eighth Day," a limited edition album featuring covers, outtakes, and live versions was released in conjunction with the tour.

~ The band performed for a crowd of 45,000+ in support of classic rockers Heart at the Naperville Rib & Music Festival on July 3rd.

~ The band performed on the Gimme Three Days cruise to the Bahamas in January with Lynyrd Skynyrd and .38 Special.


The Steepwater Band’s latest studio release, “CLAVA”
(pronounced CLAY-va) finds the band hitting their most creative and focused point of their careers. The new record was recorded this past March on the South Side of Chicago at the studio of the same name. Also known as a trinity of stars, CLAVA is a fitting name for the new record produced by the trio along with Colin Sipos, a young, up-and-coming producer/ engineer who has worked with the critically acclaimed Iron & Wine and Califone. Sipos also recorded TSB's "The Stars Look Tonight/My Back Pocket (2010)" single and mixed "Live at the Double Door (2010)." The ten new songs feature some of their most blues-infused, heavy and psychedelic tunes to date. Each song takes you on a musical journey, steeped in tradition, while not being overly nostalgic. On “CLAVA” the band honors their heroes and pays them the highest compliment – continuing the Rock n’ Roll lineage while creating paths not yet explored. This release exemplifies the musical trinity that is The Steepwater Band.

Although The Steepwater Band got their start as devotees of delta blues, they have since been expanding on their musical influences taking on everything from psychedelia to Americana, and of course, hardhitting rock and roll. Formed in Chicago in 1998, the band’s signature sound is at once a nod to earlier rock n’ blues combined with a raw and gusty musical approach. Band members Jeff Massey (guitar & vocals), Tod Bowers (bass) and Joe Winters (drums) have a synergy that comes from years of playing together. The rhythm section is taut and responsive; they flourish to create a perfect canvass. This sonic foundation laid by Bowers & Winters leaves the space for the guitars to soar and vocals to shine. Massey performs with a passion that can belie his virtuosity, while always being true the song at hand.

The band’s infectious energy is equally evident in their live performances, as critics and fans hail their shows as forceful and intoxicating. It is their humble devotion to music, and a commitment to achieving their musical goals without compromising the integrity of their musical vision that make The Steepwater Band such a refreshing find. In 2010, the band released highly lauded live record entitled “Live at the Double Door” which contained tracks from their previous two LPs, “Revelation Sunday (2006)” and “Grace and Melody (2008).”

The Steepwater Band has maintained a grueling schedule throughout the last 10 years, averaging about 125 shows per year. They have toured and shared the stage with acts such as Gov't Mule, Buddy Guy, Wilco, Taj Mahal, Marc Ford, ZZ Top, T-Model Ford, North Mississippi All Stars, Leon Russell, Drive-By Truckers, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Cheap Trick, Bad Company and Heart. In 2005, the band made its European debut, performing at


~ Clava (LP, 2011) Diamond Day Records (USA)

~ Live at the Double Door (LP, 2010) Diamond Day Records (USA)

~ Grace & Melody (LP, 2008) Produced by Marc Ford (ex-Black Crowes guitarist) Diamond Day Records (USA)

~ The Steepwater Band LIVE DVD (2008) Diamond Day Records (USA)

~ Songs From the Eighth Day (EP 2007), Diamond Day Records U.S. 2007 | Limited edition album of covers, live tracks, and outtakes from the "Revelation Sunday" recording sessions

~ Revelation Sunday (LP, 2006) Diamond Day Records (USA) / Evangeline Records (EU)

~ Dharmakaya (LP, 2004) - Funzalo Records (USA) | Evangeline Records (EU)

~ Brother to the Snake (LP, 2001) - Independent

~ Live...Half in the Bag (LP, 2001) - Independent

~ Goin' Back Home (EP, 2000) - Independent

Set List

The Steepwater Band has approximately four hours worth of original material. The band's sets are comprised of original songs, rocked-out covers of blues tunes, and deep-cut rock classics.