Swampy-Blues, Guitar-Guru STEVE McCORMICK To Release "The Laws of Love" EP on September 22
5-song EP Features "Early In The Morning" with Special Guests Daryl Johnson of Neville Brothers and the Late Richie Hayward of Little Feat. Two LA-area Shows To Celebrate: 9/22: Corazón Arts, Topanga, CA; 9/24: Abbott Kinney Days, Venice, CA
By: 1888 Media
Carrying the influence of iconic American artistry from the likes of Townes van Zandt, Ry Cooder, John Hiatt, and Grateful Dead, McCormick's soulful guitar texture and raspy voice on The Laws of Love is pure grade Americana mixed with contemporary blues. Throughout the excursion, McCormick's deft slide guitar is in the driver seat, though he expertly augments it with a cornucopia of instrumentation including Hammond B3, Rhodes piano, saxophone, trumpet, trombone, alto flute, congas and pedal steel. It's an immersive experience. With two decades as an audio engineering guru, McCormick lent his vast array of production skills to the recording, and utilized his own custom McCormick Audio recording gear which includes tube microphones, tube pre-amplifiers, tube compressors and passive summing arrays to combine old-school analog sound with a pristine clean signal path. The meticulous results are bound to appeal to the casual listener and the audiophile.
Raised in the Midwest, Steve's interest in roots music led to a bachelor's degree in American Studies from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, where he wrote his senior thesis on American Music. In the years that followed, he honed his recording skills by working with tube microphone expert Steve McKinstry at Salmagundi Studios. Relocating to Los Angeles in 1992, he's a studio owner, producer, performer, session player, composer/songwriter and microphone builder.
As a session player, McCormick's playing has been heard in dozens of national TV commercials including McDonalds, Nike, Nissan, Chevron, Coors, SBC, Long John Silver and Cialis, for which he composed the infamous "bass line" that's lodged itself in the collective consciousness of this great nation. He also played guitar on the theme song for the Warner Brothers hit Felicity, and has contributed to TV shows such as Walker, Texas Ranger, and NBC's Homicide. A card-carrying member of the Hollywood Local 47 Musician's Union, his on-screen debut occurred in the Michael Keaton movie Jack Frost, playing guitar in the Shiverfest scene.
Though his guitar mastery is highly sought after, his songwriting and recordings have also given him the opportunity to collaborate with some of the best in the business,inclduing Stan Behrens (Canned Heat, War, Willie Dixon), Eric Lynn, Richie Hayward (Little Feat), Stevie Di Stanislao (CSN, Joe Walsh, Loggins and Messina, David Gilmour), Daryl Johnson (Neville Brothers, Daniel Lanois, Emmylou Harris), Eric Heywood (Jayhawks, Calexico, Ray LaMontagne), Phil Cody, and Pete Wasner (Vince Gill, Lowell George). As a producer, he's worked with Michael Sherwood, Tom Freund, Phil Cody, and, most recently, Amilia K. Spicer on her Wow and Flutter opus.
To celebrate the release of The Laws of Love, McCormick will play shows at the Corazón Performing Arts Center in Topanga on September 22 (with Phil Cody opening) and Abbott Kinney Days in Venice (on the Andalusia Stage) on Sunday, September 24 (3:00-3:45pm)
The Laws of Love
1. One Unbelievable Girl
2. Early In The Morning
3. Fruits of My Labor
4. Lay Low
5. No Love Lost