The Walking Beat

The Walking Beat


Hailing from Detroit, the Walking Beat combines solid songwriting and melodies that you want to sing, a swinging rhythm that makes you want to move and an energy and grit that will make you sweat. Like their home town, their music is rustic, honest, soulful and at times a little dangerous.


The Walking Beat made its live debut on February 29th, 2012 at the Metro Times Hamtramck Blowout kickoff party, culminating nearly a year of false starts and mistrials for singer/guitarist Steve McCauley. After the breakup of his previous band Scarlet Oaks, the Detroit songwriter struggled to find the right combination of forces to align for the project that he envisioned. With a foundation of songs ranging from hard-driving rockers and 70s glam shuffles to country-western waltzes and Townes Van Zandt-inspired ballads, McCauley sought to assemble a band with refined and unique arrangements highlighting the simplicity, grit and raw energy of rock and roll in its purest form.

The first piece was friend and drummer Daniel Kanka, who brought early roots in jazz and a proficiency in country and rock. Kanka’s energy behind the kit and his ability to make a song swing were found to be a perfect fit. The duo soon recruited old friends Joe Lavis on bass (formerly of Scarlet Oaks and Fletcher Pratt) and Jonathan A. Berz on keyboards (former Blasé Splee multi-instrumentalist, currently of Songs From The Moon). Lavis provided warm low-end melodies and a walking rhythm that locked in with the drums, and Berz added solid playing, a strong ear for arrangements and backing vocals. The final missing piece was an additional singer to share lead vocal duties, and in stepped Stephanie Selvaggio, whose soft and soulful style stands in direct harmony with McCauley’s dusty, folkish Midwestern drawl.

With the lineup in place, The Walking Beat celebrated the release of their debut 7" single "Nighttime Sky"/"Long Beaten Love" on October 6th, 2012. They are currently recording a follow-up LP and performing live. Stay tuned to or for more news!


"Nighttime Sky / Long Beaten Love" - 7"

Set List

Running Wild
Brown Eyed Jane
Falling Out
Walking Beat
Long Beaten Love
Weary Heart
Down From The Gables
Nighttime Sky
Hard Times Are Here Again
Aching Bones