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Owen Brown  Bass

"Notes From The Underground" 

 

 

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Jorge Reyes Drums

"Notes From The Underground" 


 
Steve Groves
 

 
 

"Notes From The Underground"

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I have decided to offer my CD Sampler, "Notes From The Underground" for purchace on my own site.
This is better for both of us.
 
You will receive a hard copy of the CD through the mail, and I can keep track of sales.
Thanks in advance for supporting the music and the musicians who create it.
 
Cost is $6.00 for the CD and $3.00 mailing. Total at checkout $9.00 

 
 
 
 
 
Watch and Listen to the Video for "HYDRO BLUES"
 
Here is a photo slide show with pictures taken on last years trip to Spain and India.
Set to the song,  "HYDRO BLUES"  from the CD  "Notes From The Underground" 

 
 
 
 
 
 

March 11, 2014, Steve Groves has released his latest CD "Notes From The Underground", a 5 song EP of all original blues written and produced by Steve. The CD has special guests. The great Montreal guitarist Ricky Laurent plays swamp slide guitar on "Runnin' Through The Bayou”.  Everyone knows bluesman Steve Marriner blowing’ harp on this up tempo blues shuffle, "Shut The Front Door”.  Steve’s daughter, Raven Desneiges Groves adds a sweet flavour with the background vocals on "The Queens Cousins Cats" and Rene Fortier playing hot percussion on 3 of the songs.

Regular band members in the Steve Groves Trio are rock solid low bass tones coming from Jamaica’s Owen Brown rooted with his rhythm partner, Jorge Reyes on drums.

Having just returned from a 99 day tour of France, Spain and India, Steve is busy successfully contacting blues radio stations globally. So far the EP is being played in Spain, Switzerland, England, Canada and New Orleans, as well as on syndicated blues radio shows across North America. Radio response has been 100%.

Steve is now planning his next world tour. Spain has invited him back to perform at several festivals and other countries are in his sights. "I feel great about the response that the songs from the CD are getting.  New Orleans Radio has three of the tracks on rotation plus Blues Deluxe broadcasts on local stations throughout North America".

 

 

Steve Groves career spans several decades as a guitarists. Living in New York City for 15 years, Steve played guitar and sang with blues greats, The Holmes Brothers from  84 to  90.  Also busy on the New York active jazz scene, playing with legends like Charlie Rouse (sax with Monk, "Round Midnight")  and Percy France (sax on "Honkey Tonk," changed the world of sax) , classical clarinetist Richard Stoltzman, B3 masters Lonnie  Smith and Brother Jack McDuff, and Avantists like the award winning Multi National Big Band and pioneer drummer Sunny Murray  to name but a few. 

Steve's vast and varied background in music brings another dimension to the guitar experience. Influenced by jazz guitarists like Howard Roberts and Wes Montgomery, and a love of the Brazilian nylon string Bossa Nova sound as well as Spain's Flamenco  and France's Manouch, while always rooted in the Blues influences of Wendell Holmes, Robbie Robertson and Albert King, all combine in an unique thumb and finger style montage of blues harmony and melody.

 

 

 


STEVE GROVES,  "NOTES FROM THE UNDERGROUND"
 
A CD Sampler

A Rocking Blues Set of songs that could be aired on Radio Stations Rock channel,
Blues Channel, Lounge, or Easy Listening channel for “Come On Home”,  and please,
even the Children’s channel for “The Queen’s Cousins Cats”.

Steve Groves, Singer, Guitarist, Composer.

Owen Brown, Bass

Jorge Reyes, Drums

SPECIAL GUESTS


Ricky Laurent, Slide Guitar on “Runnin’ Through The Bayou”

Steve Marriner, Harmonica on “Shut The Front Door”

Rene Fortune, Percussion

Raven Desneiges Groves, Back Vocals, “The Queens Cousins Cats”

Recording engineer: Steve Groves

Mixing and Mastering: Normand Glaude  

Recorded over the summer of 2013. Released March 11, 2014


SONG DESCRIPTION

RUNNIN’ THROUGH THE BAYOU.  (Rock/Blues)
words and music by Steve Groves

Here’s a song, an escape song, that takes you through some of what it’s like to be hunted by bloodhounds, while facing the other treachery of the swamp lands. In a way it’s quite humorous as each animal could also represent his human perusers.  Set to the groovin’ guitar “Bo Diddley” rhythm played in a unique way by Steve Groves, and the super slide guitar sounds and solo from Ricky Laurent,  combined with the solid bass drive of Owen Brown, and Jorge Reyes laying down a unique drum rhythm that he invented during the recording session. A driving percussion is laid down by Rene Fortune. This one sticks in your ears. Oh ya, this song also features “Riley” the dog!



HYDRO BLUES    (Blues)
words and music by Steve Groves

This is a Blues-Rhumba that tells the story of how a company’s billing mistakes can add up to serious financial crisis. Based on fact, the song takes you through a day of trying in vain to get to a solution for an outrageous billing mistake.The trio drives through this one with a happy groove, starting with a melodic guitar solo at the intro, and two chorus’s of guitar solo in the middle. Very melodic blues. Steve is a master of bending harmonies on the guitar.



SHUT THE FRONT DOOR    (Rock.Blues)
words and music by Steve Groves

Here’s a love song, a love song gone wrong. This upbeat blues is a funny, light hearted look at a man who’s fed up with his yackety woman, and he’s had enough. Based on a universal truth that everyone seems to recognize, this one usually has the audience singing the hook along with Steve at live performances. Originally a little sceptic about the appeal of the song to women, Steve was pleasantly surprised to see that the ladies love this song. They get it. All meant in fun this blues reflects once again the humour in some of life’s situations.

Special guest, the great Steve Marriner on Harmonica trades 4’s with Groves's chord solos on a couple of chorus’s  before laying down his own 12 bar solo. What a great sound and feel. 



COME ON HOME     (Lounge, Easy Listening, Blues, Adult Contemporary)
words and music by Steve Groves

Another love song gone wrong. The lyrics reflect the loneliness that happens to a man when his woman actually does leave him. This one starts off with a bass line doubled on guitar, set to a medium groove with drums and sparse  guitar chords. The guitar solo reflects the melody, played in octaves reminiscent of  Groves’ favourite guitarist, Wes Montgomery. Smooth Blues!  Easy to listen to.



THE QUEENS COUSINS CATS   (Jazz, Blues, Children’s)
words and music by Steve Groves

Here’s a light hearted swinging blues that tells the story of life at the palace for a couple of cats living there. Loosely  based on a CBC news story about the two cats that rafted across the Atlantic with there owners, and eventually ship-wrecked off the rocky British shores, quarantined, and then taken in by Queen Elizabeth II's cousin, the Duke of Bedford.

The story line is based on Steve’s imagination of what life could have been like living in the palace. All the mischievous antics that cats could get into living in such a huge and majestic home. Everyone enjoys a good cat song, and this one appeals to the kid in all of us. Steve’s daughter, Raven Desneiges, sings the backing vocals, adding just the right nonchalant  flavour, reflecting the cats attitude towards it all.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

BIRDS ISLE

Live at the Rainbow Bistro 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern History
2011
 
Steve Groves and Daniel Ko have just released the CD "Modern History" featuring the original songs of both Daniel and Steve along with several standards from the jazz repertoire.
 
Available at CD Baby 
 
 
 
 
 

Music may be the highest of art forms.
It's simply pure vibrations  steve