The Steve Carlson Band

The Steve Carlson Band

BandRockSinger/Songwriter

A soulful blend of rock, funk and blues. Often compared to such artists as The Dave Matthews Band, Jack Johnson, CCR and Ben Harper

Biography

"Steve Carlson is a seasoned musician who has lived life and written parables that are almost visual. His own dynamic, combined with that of his collaborators, creates a presentation that brings stories to life."- Music Connection 2005

Born and raised in Southern California, Carlson had a bohemian upbringing in an artistic family. He developed an appreciation for music early on and at the age of ten he began writing songs, playing guitar and eventually found himself performing in local bands throughout high school. A fan of artists that include many genres, Steve credits The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Taj Mahal, Stevie Ray Vaughan, The Eagles, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones as some of his biggest influences.

With a desire to travel after graduation, Steve moved to Maui, where he learned to play the acoustic slide guitar and the mandolin, both of which would eventually become a major influence in his songwriting. Carlson returned home to Los Angeles and in 2003 he released his first solo album Spot in the Corner, an entirely self-produced project that showcased his many talents.

"Though he evokes some of the best singers/songwriters of the seventies, Carlson has a modern edge and a neo-country aroma to his work that sets it apart. Spot In The Corner, his full length CD, presents a thoughtful, skillful artist and hi backup players." -Music Connection 2004

In 2004, he formed The Steve Carlson Band along with bass player Steve Dress, a graduate of the Juilliard School, drummer Tim Jimenez, a California native who was an original member of the legendary 'Rave-Ups', signed to Epic Records, and saxophonist David Olivas, who earned his performance degree from the Berklee College of Music. Together they have become a constant on the L.A. club scene, selling out venues and awing both fans and critics alike.

"Like a lot of the classic artists we've known and loved, Steve Carlson's ensemble does what rock & roll did in the Fifties. He also delivers a sound that seems to draw from a vast pool of American standbys for rockers. Funk, blues, rockabilly and country, all wind up in the mix, and it's as accessible as Hootie & the Blowfish were several years back. Carlson is just a bit more gritty and dangerous than those boys, and the girls swoon a lot more because of it." -Music Connection 2005

With the bands highly anticipated album Rollin On, due to be released in June of 2005, they are looking forward to showcasing their talents on a worldwide stage.

Lyrics

Hummingbird Billy

Written By: Steve Carlson

hummingbird billy

hummingbird billy saw red
said all that he could say
to take that gold away from them
and make it come his way

grabbed that cash and ducked out
went down the road from where he lucked out
spent half his heart and got a whole lot
and now billy got mad clout

cause we all need something
to make it through today
and then again tomorrow
cause we’re all lost somewhere
and that where we’ll stay

newfound friends and old loose ends
somehow found their way
there’s no more rest in billy’s nest
billy, he got to play

one new life, two new homes
he got three new shiny cars
with four girlfriends his mama done said
billy don’t you play too hard

but we all need something mama
to make it through today
and then again tomorrow
cause we’re all lost somewhere
and that where we’ll stay

humming billy saw red
and blue flashing lights
thanks to old friends and new loose ends
a silver bullet took his life
you see one of billy’s girlfriends
didn’t like the other three
oddly enough she got mad
and took it out on poor billy

up in billy heaven
life’s never been so good
he got more riches and a lot more bitches
than he ever thought he would

Dynamite

Written By: Steve Carlson

dynamite

took a long walk on the sidewalk
where the bakery talk from the newsman got away
i intended to pretend i was alive
and with them all today
but i missed your kiss this mornin' with no warnin'
you were up and out my door
and that's usually just the way i like it
but today you up and left me wanting more

oh, we're just like dynamite
blowin' up all night
i've read love letter bombs big enough to know
that we're just like dynamite
another explosion
i'll keep you loaded up as long as you love me

when we met she was long and lean, a fine nineteen
the boys said they saw her in a magazine before
but who am i to chase it, i'm too wasted
i'll just wait but the door
but then i said don't go baby, take a walk with me
today
oh you beautiful crutch, you know it would be so
clutch
if you would stay

we're just like dynamite
blowin' up all night
i've read love letter bombs big enough to know
that we're just like dynamite
another explosion
i'll keep you loaded up as long as you love me

Strange Way

Written By: Steve Carlson

strange way

i wander if i'm ever gonna wake up
and find that shadow gone
cause anyway there aint been any sunshine around here
that triangular circular love thing
called a heart is torn in two
but you'd never notice from standin' near
oh and i could go on
but i know that

in a strange way
i'll love you forever
cause the same thing always happens every night
i know you're just around the corner
your life out of order
and in a strange way, i'll love you forever

i was thinkin' about that coldwater romance
the night before the night we met
and although it was a pretty pink moment
and a night that the town cannot forget
i could go on...
usually everything makes or breaks a girl
but nothin's broken you
you got one for money, two for show
i never really wanted to let you know but

in a strange way
i'll love you forever
cause the same thing always happens every night
i know you're just around the corner
your life out of order
and in a strange way, i'll love you...

Wasted Jamie

Written By: Steve Car

wasted jamie

i’m grooving on the inside with wasted jamie
i truly never knew anyone could phase me
soon i’m gonna tell her that she’s drivin me crazy
and i’m grooving on the inside with wasted jamie

all summer, i waited till i played it right
so half-faded on a wednesday night
i stumbled on a brand new song
now i’m wondering, how i’m gonna make it through
anotherday without you, how am i gonna get along

cause i’m grooving on the inside with wasted jamie
i truly never knew anyone could phase me
soon i’m gonna tell her that she’s drivin me crazy
and i’m grooving on the inside with wasted jamie

and when sunday comes along, i’ll be traveling on
but i’m trying to find the words to make you stay
but the harder that i try, you won’t even meet my eye
so here’s to you, i’ll be true, it’s the only way

and now i’m grooving on the inside with wasted jamie
i truly never knew anyone could phase me
soon i’m gonna tell her that she’s drivin me crazy
and i’m grooving on the inside with wasted jamie

i’ll be strong, i’ll wait for you all night long
girl i’d never do you wrong, do you wrong

Rollin’ On

Written By: Steve Carlson

rollin’ on

high times, low times
fast times, lord we’ve seen some slow times
but i never had a lover who could keep it undercover
like you
no, i never had a lover who could keep it undercover
like you
thought i had one life
but like christmas it’s a wonderful life
a little tangled and jack-knifed
oh, but i like it that way and we’re
rollin’ on, rollin’ on, rollin’ on

on time, off time
we’ve had our down, all our hang around time
but i never had a lover who could keep it undercover
like you
no, i never had a lover who could keep it undercover
like you
stop
your hidden garden in your front yard,
your lovely backyard
it makes it oh so hard
oh but i like it that way… and we’re
rollin’ on, rollin’ on, rollin’ on

they showed me the line and i crossed it, jack
stirred some poison and i tossed it back
had the antidote but i lost, smack
down on the floor is where i’m at
with my zig-zags
and my fresh new bag
i’m anti-shwag
cause i believe there’s a one way to get me high
we’re rollin’ on, rollin’ on, rollin’ on

Fade Away

Written By: Steve Carlson

fade away

i know, that i'll go crazy without you
but without you is how i must go
and i played a round of poker with three blind mice
took a bullet in my belly and i cheated death twice
so i know, oh good lord i know
all i really know

is that i'm fading, i'm fading away
fading, i'm fading away
fading, i'm fading away
and i....

well i don't claim to know the meaning of a wife
but i lost a lover who could've been my life before
and i can't understand why you treat me so bad
after all of the good times and smiles i had before
i guess that was all before
yes that was all before...

is that i'm fading, i'm fading away
fading, i'm fading away
fading, i'm fading away
and i....

know that these arms
will reach for you girl
and i'll keep holdin' on, holdin' on to you
yah, i'll keep holding on, holdin' on to you
cause no matter where i go, no matter what i do
i'm alone, i'm alone

Discography

Rollin' On
Dynamite
Strange Way
Hummingbird Billy
One Thing
Rocking Chair
Stop
Nonstop Lady
Fade Away
Wasted Jaime
Hotel Love

Set List

Rollin' On
Dynamite
Strange Way
Hummingbird Billy
One Thing
Rocking Chair
Stop
Nonstop Lady
She's Not There
Bring it on Home
Chloe Bowed Her Head
Pinata Novia
Stuck on You
You Belong With Me
Fade Away
Wasted Jaime
Hotel Love