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Swinging Steaks i finstasen
Datum: 2005-10-03

Boston-bandet Swinging Steaks har holdt det gående siden slutten av 80-tallet og har en rekke album på CVen. I diise dager kommer nye »Sunday Best« (First National Records).
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(obs! Rettelse. Janne på Dusty records melder at denne platen opprinnelig kom for to år siden.)

A five-man band out of Boston,MA, Swinging Steaks are among the originators of the current roots rock/ movement. Fueled by dual singer/songwriters Jamie Walker and Tim Giovanniello, the group's material explores a rich diversity of musical Americana from full tilt rockers to mandolin-driven melodies and soulful ballads.

The Steaks' second album, »Southside of the Sky«, released on Capricorn Records, introduced the band to a national audience
with two top ten AAA / Americana radio singles and appearances on NBC-TV's »Late Night with Conan O'Brien« and NPR's »Mountain Stage«. Their four self-released albums, »Suicide at the Wishing Well«, »Shiner« the live, acoustic »Bare«, and »KickSnareHat« continued to expose the group to new audiences and garner them appearances at SXSW, CMJ Music Marathon and Nashville Extravaganza.

After parting with Capricorn (who had moved in a different direction, signing more »alternative« bands such as 311 and Cake) they declined offers from from other major labels, and released »Shiner«, »Bare« and »Kicksnarehat« on their own Thrust Records.

The band has appeared with / toured with John Fogerty, Los Lobos, Warren Zevon, Poco, the Black Crowes, Paul Westerberg, The Band and many, many others.

Kevin O'Hare of the Newhouse Newspaper Group had this to say about the CD:

Swinging Steaks, »Sunday Best,« (First National) - 4 Stars

Somewhere between The Band and Wilco, The Byrds and Jayhawks, falls the timeless alt/country sound of Boston's Swinging Steaks.

They've been around for more than 15 years but this is their first nationally released set since 1993, as they've spent much of the past decade issuing albums on their own Thrust Records.

With singer/songwriters Tim Giovanniello and Jamie Walker out front, the band drives an organic sound that mixes country, folk and pop flavors, bringing it all together brilliantly on the harmony-filled, banjo-backed »Bad Day,« which has hit written all over it. Other highlights include the fiddle-fired »All the Love,« the gentle wonder of »Anna Lee,« and the vibrant and upbeat »Long Time.«

Some will be discovering these guys for the first time. Others will feel like they're catching up with a long lost friend. No matter how you find them, find Swinging Steaks and »Sunday's Best.« In that genre known as »Americana« this is one of the best of the year.

The Boston Herald said this:

The Swinging Steaks swing back into action with the typically terrific »Sunday Best,« their sixth album. Chock full of finger-picking-good guitar, banjo, pedal steel and fiddle licks, keening harmony vocals and lyrics that are comic and thoughtful, the Steaks prove yet again that they are among the best purveyors of real country and roots (rock) ..."

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