Dead Rock Star named best Pop/Hard Rock album by Akademia Music Awards. '‘Dead Rock Star’ reminds us why it's impossible to define what makes one band essential and another transient - but Steve Baskin has that indescribable quality that will later be described as classic to the pop canon.'
Dead Rock Star is really strong from the start until the end. Says Paul Hasting at The Soul of a Clown in the UK. Thanks for the kind words and for spreading the love in London.
If we’re honest, Steve Baskin pretty much won us over when we read that we’d hear a lot of influences in his music from KISS to Cheap Trick to Johnny Cash to Lyle Lovett. Let alone that it is described as “energetic pop and Americana rock and roll”. A little bit of added interest is also provided by the fact that it is a quasi soundtrack to a film script that he’s working on.
The album begins on a real bright note with “Kissed Me Forever” which has some almost glammy chops before we hit a real pop/rock gem. <more>
500 Songs for Kids. We're playing "Can't Buy Me Love" at The Vinyl/Center Stage on April 17. Come see us and 49 other bands playing 49 other great tunes. It's always a blast.
Overall a superb showcase for his talent. Super cool review on Dead Rock Star from Powerpopaholic.
Atlanta-based veteran singer/songwriter Steve Baskin (The Cindy Wilson Band, The Hippycrickets, HugoAgogo) has a new solo LP. His unique mix of southern fried power pop reminds me of Matthew Sweet, John Mayer, and Brad Brooks.
It's got a big bass guitar sound on the opener "Kissed Me Forever," similar to Joe Walsh and it makes a great impression. "Single Think About You (Chinchilla)" is another great song with a steady riff under each verse and a killer guitar solo. He shifts gears on "I'm Down" to the lovelorn singer songwriter, but we go back to rock on the dynamic title track. He's a skilled balladeer on "Nobody Died Today" and bluegrass picker on "If I Died Today (I'd Still Be Young)." He even does a countrified cover of "Killer Queen." Together it's a pretty varied mix of styles that somehow works. Overall a superb showcase for his talent.
One of 2015's early best. Very nice words from Absolute Power Pop.
This Atlanta-based singer-songwriter is back with his third album, and this one is the best of the lot. It has a "big" sound, with big hooks and big melodies that remind me of fellow Atlantan Butch Walker. The opening 1-2 punch of "Single Thing About You (Chinchilla)" will leap out of your speakers, and Baskin has some facility with a ballad too ("Nobody Died Today"). Plus there's a pretty good cover of "Killer Queen" thrown in the mix. One of 2015's early best.
More nice coverage from Dean Poling and the Valdosta Daily Times. Dead Rock Star: Baskin alive, well on new CD. <more>
Thanks to everyone who came out to Steve's Live Music for the Dead Rock Star CD release. Great crowd and a fun set.
Dead Rock Star is on the way! We're finished with the writing, the recording, the mixing and the mastering. The new record is in production and will be available in February. Come on out to Steve's Live Music in Sandy Springs, GA to celebrate the release with us on February 6 at 7P.
Mastering is the happiest day of the year when you're making a new record. Colin Leonard at Sing Mastering just put the final touches on Dead Rock Star. We're getting it ready for a February release. Check out the title track here.
Colin Leonard mastering Dead Rock Star.
We've just finished up mixes on the new record. Rich Herring (Little River Band lead guitarist) and John Behrens really brought the songs to life. Thanks guys!
Rich Herring at Trax Productions mixing songs from Dead Rock Star.
John Behrens at Trax Productions working on Precious.
Final recording sessions for the new record. Shipping the sessions to Nashville for mixing. Thanks to Scott Shiflett, Brian Hudson, Zoot Blasingame, Rich Herring, Charley Mishalaney, Bill Fleming, Patrick Rusert, Lester Walker, Wayne Killius, Dow Tomlin and Doug Carter for all the great tracks.
Steve at Underground Studio finishing up vocals.
Bill Fleming laying the pedal down on If I Died Today.
Steve and Scott acting like they're working at Underground Studio..
Wow! What a fun acoustic set at Steve's Live Music. Thanks to Steve and everybody who came out! Enjoyed sticking around for the great 60s and 70s tunes from Radar too.
Scott and Steve at Steve's Live Music.
Playing on the Planet at the Riverbend Music Festival in Chattanooga. Great fun playing with my buds, Playing on the Planet on the big stage at Riverbend. And great to see Bernie Worrell -- keyboardist of Parliament Funkadelic and Talking Heads fame.
With Playing on the Planet at Riverbend Music Festival.
Come see us at the Blue Ridge Brewery this Summer. Steve and Scott are going to be in Blue Ridge Brewery once a month from May to August. Come out and hear the music and try the Brewery's great food and beers. May 31, June 20, July 11 and August 24 from 6 til 9P.
Recording drums for the new record. Brian Hudson laying down the beats at Gaslight Studio in Atlanta. Thanks to Joe Kay and Steve Gascione for a great session.
Brian pounding it at Gaslight.
Joe Kay and Steve Gascione at Gaslight.
Steve Baskin | Scott Shiflett and Client 9 from Outer Space at Red Clay Theater with Playing on the Planet. Fun night at Red Clay Theater. Thanks for inviting us out Lisa and PotP. Here are a couple of videos from the show.
Steve and the band along with folks from PotP at EOP.
Playing on the Planet at the Jimmy Jam Benefit. Steve joined Playing on the Planet at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville. It was a night filled with the best bluegrass players and bands in the industry. Kudos to Lisa for being able to snag the best gigs.
With Playing on the Planet at 3rd and Lindsley in Nashville.
Steve and Scott Shiflett kicked off the Memorial Day Weekend at The Brewery in Blue Ridge, GA. We love playing at the Brewery.
Scott and Steve at the Blue Ridge Brewery.
Again at Smith's Olde Bar for 500 Songs for Kids. 500 SONGS FOR KIDS is a 10-day live music marathon running from May 3rd to May 12th, 2012. 500 DIFFERENT Artists will perform a countdown of the 500 MOST BEAUTIFUL SONGS OF ALL TIME in the largest musician involved charity event in Georgia. SONGS FOR KIDS FOUNDATION is a non-profit foundation that brings musicians year-round to hospitals and special needs kids camps. Go to http://www.songsforkidsfoundation.org to learn more. This year, Steve Baskin had Lisa Jacobi, Zoot Blasingame and J-Rod Payne onstage performing song #167, "DREAM WEAVER" by GARY WRIGHT!
Scott, Steve, Lisa Jacobi and J-Rod Payne at 500 Songs.
500 Songs for Kids at Smith's Olde Bar
Steve was asked to play song #296 of the 500 tunes being played for the Songs for Kids Foundation. Scott Shiflett, Diana Hoskins, Mark Ross and David Piper joined Steve on the stage to play John Cougar Mellencamp's Pink Houses. Check out the video here.
Steve's cover of I Think I Love You is charting at number 3 on WOCO in Oconto, WI and in the top 10 on WVOF in Bridgeport, CT.
Songs from Naked have played on more than 50 radio stations. Still in rotation on quite a number of stations, Catch Me If You Can, I Think I Love You, My Empty House and even Something Smells Fishy have gotten spins on thirty-eight stations around the US -- Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Calfornia, Connecticut, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Thanks to Randy Saad and the folks at Protocol Entertainment for their hard work.
In-Studio Appearance on 94.7 WDEC-FM in Americus on June 24. What a great way for Steve to spend his birthday afternoon. Steve talked about the making of Naked. Gave shout outs to the band and played Catch Me If You Can and I Think I Love You. Thanks to Thurston Clary and the gang at WDEC-FM for the spins and support. Thurston also said that he was taking a listen to Float on Down for their country station. That'd be a first!
Steve's back on the radio with 12 new stations! Listen out for Catch Me If You Can from Steve's latest album Naked. We're getting played in California, Georgia, Iowa, Minnesota, New York, Nebraska, Oregon, Wisconsin and Wyoming. Check out KFMI-FM in Eureka, CA; KBPK-FM 90.1 in Fullerton, CA; WDEC-FM 94.7 in Americus, GA; KLDR-FM in Grants Pass, OR; KQCR-FM 98.9 in Hampton, IA; WKNY in Kingston, NY; KKCK in Marshall MN; WOCO in Oconto, WI; WRCO in Richland Center, WI; KXXO in Olympia, WA; KSID in Sidney, NE; and KZEW in Wheatland, WY.
Steve opens for GRAMMY Award-winning artist Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20. There are plenty of challenges to playing a set at 9:30AM, but what a great way to wake up! Thanks to everybody for the great reception to the songs. Was stoked to meet Rob ahead of our set this morning. And what a great set he put on. Help us out by introducing your friends to our music and come out to see us live!
Steve, Alex and Zoot at Live Earth.
Rob Thomas at Live Earth in Atlanta.
Nice words from Awaken Music about Naked If its textured Americana alt/pop-rock that you're into, then you'll dig Naked, by Atlanta-based, Steve Baskin. Surrounded by a stellar band, they create soundscapes that accurately articulate each song and Baskin's vocals.
Album opener, Catch Me If You Can, is overly poppy, and lends itself to all listeners. It comes across like a blend of Counting Crows and Blue October. Later track, A Day in My Shoes seductively explodes with a great, soaring lead guitar riff. The melodies aren't quite as singable, but the hooks come at you one after another.
Something Smells Fishy belongs main stage at Bonnaroo. It's jammy and catchy all the same. Clearly, these guys know their way inside a studio. Their sounds are solid, and they all complement each other song after song.
On the radio again! Steve joined Warren Lawrence live on WKNY in Kingston, NY to talk about his music. Warren's playing Catch Me If You Can and I Think I Love You. So if you're near Kingston, call him up and let him know you love the music.
Catch Me If You Can was the #10 most added tune in the US on the ACQB charts for the week of August 24!
Catch Me If You Can is on the radio. The opening tune from Steve's new album Naked is on the radio. Just added on KLBQ-FM in El Dorado, Arkansas; KSPI-FM in Oklahoma City, OK; WOCO-FM in Oconto, WI; WQXQ 101.9 FM in Greenville, KY; KBMO 93.5 FM in Benson, MN; WSQL 1240 AM in Brevard, NC; KYFM 100.0 FM in Bartlesville, OK; KCBZ 94.9 FM in Seaside, OR (playing Naked too!); KYTI 93.7 FM in Sheridan, WY and WCMJ 96.7FM in Cambridge, OH -- we're doing CD give-aways beginning next week in Cambridge.
The Valdosta Daily Times says that Naked is "just some unvarnished great music".
Dean Poling of the Valdosta Daily Times had nice words to say about Steve's new album, Naked. <more>
Steve's new album Naked is now available at CDBaby.com, iTunes, Amazon and right here. Steve has finished up work on Naked, the follow-up to his debut album I Sometimes Think. The new record continues down the path that his debut album, I Sometimes Think, began with singer/ songwriter power pop spiced with a bit of Southern fried seasoning, and he has expanded his range with new styles, sounds and themes. While I Sometimes Think largely explored emotions around love and relationships, Naked’s themes run all over the place – love; love gone bad; running; the stress of the office; the Zen of the river; runaways; prostitution; and death.