The Steepwater Band serve up their best on ‘Diamond Days’

The Steepwater Band‘Diamond Days: The Best of The Steepwater Band 2006-2014’
The Steepwater Band (Sun Pedal)
4 stars out of 5

Chicago-based blues rockers The Steepwater Band have been kicking around for almost two decades and, though they’ve never become a household name, the guys have earned plenty of kudos for their blistering brand of guitar blues.

The Steepwater Band CD“Diamond Days” is the perfect introduction to The Steepwater Band, as the 10-track release focuses on their best material of the recent past. The longtime trio (Jeff Massey on vocals and guitar, Joseph Winters on drums and Todd Bowers on bass) added a fourth member to the fray in 20012 — guitarist Eric Saylors — and “Diamond Days” features their first studio recordings as a quartet.

In addition to classic tunes like “Come on Down,” “Revelation Sunday,” “High and Humble” and “Healer,” the new album includes a stellar brand-new track (“Silver Lining”)  and a new version of longtime fan favorite “Hard as Stone.” If you like what you hear on “Diamond Days” — and I can’t think why you wouldn’t — be on the lookout for a new studio album later this year. Rock on fellas. (Jeffrey Sisk)

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