When legendary music impresario Phil Walden signed Boston’s Swinging Steaks to his iconic Southern rock label Capricorn records in 1993, there was no term for the genre now known as “Americana”.
Blending rock, country and other roots styles was described as hard-to-market, ‘in the crack’ content by many record and radio execs who passed on what visionary Walden heard as simply great music.
The Steaks’ national debut “Southside of the Sky” still stands as a sterling example of American roots music and what award-winning music journalist Ben Edmonds called in Creem magazine – “the best country-rock out of Boston since Harvard student Gram Parsons launched his International Submarine Band.”Nearly thirty years, seven albums and thousands of shows later, the Steaks are still swinging.
Recognized for their “musical chops….and tight vocal harmonies,” Boston’s Swinging Steaks have been acknowledged as pioneers of the roots rock/alt country movement. In fact Dirty Linen said, “Musically and artistically, the Steaks rank among the best of the roots-rock leaders.” Propelled by top-notch songwriter/guitarists Jamie Walker and Tim Giovanniello, and keyboardist Jim Gambino, they are also known for their dynamic stage presence and upbeat, catchy tunes that attract a wide diversity of fans. From full-tilt rockers to mandolin-driven melodies and soulful ballads, the band’s material explores a rich diversity of musical Americana.