Just Reminiscing: The video for “Time” by @SteveGrandmusic

STEVE GRAND, “Time” (video)

Because I’m so supportive of the Steve Grand crowd-funded project which just brought us his fine, fine album All-American Boy, I have to include words about the video for his recent single “Time” (which peaked at #9 on my personal chart), which I believe was also funded by that project.  

It’s a poignant and thought-provoking story that only Steve and his team could envision, continuing from the viral success of “All-American Boy” and “Stay” in 2013.  It clearly depicts how a relationship begins and develops, taking the same route of many of us when we become part of a couple whether straight or gay.  You do what feels right and goes with the flow.  Only when commitment wanes does it come into question, and fortunately for us, the videomakers allow us to come to a conclusion without it being decided for us.  While it lasts, Steve’s on-screen interracial relationship makes us all reminisce fondly of our own enjoyable times, which come hand-in-hand with the challenges and temptations.

Watch the video above and don’t forget to purchase Steve Grand’s All-American Boy on iTunes.

Published in: on March 30, 2015 at 8:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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@SteveGrandmusic rocks out with diverse debut crowd-funded album “All-American Boy”

STEVE GRAND, All-American Boy

The wait is over, and one of the most incredible and engaging crowd-funding experiences has allowed Chicago’s Steve Grand to release All-American Boy tomorrow, Monday, March 23.  If you’ve been hiding in the bushes for close to the last two years, you’ve missed Steve soaring to international attention with “Stay” and of course the country flavoured title song (and its viral video, taking the singer to new heights as an inspiring, grounded gay role model) , as well as a classic-pop piece of storytelling with “Back To California”.  They are all included in All-American Boy.

This led to the Kickstarter campaign which raised over $300,000 for Steve to use to create All-American Boy with all of the proper bells and whistles and behind-the-scenes costs covered.  Through it all though Steve has remained an unstoppable force, following through personally on every pledge, making it a one-of-a-kind experience, and continuing to receive exposure through touring to key destinations, including many gay pride events last year.  To think this is only the beginning!

All-American Boy is to me a rock album with many classic pop flourishes and lots of roots sown in country and blues music, and solid musicianship and harmonies throughout to support it.  When Steve isn’t looking to have a grand time with you 😛 he’s pensive and reflective, with recent single “Time” probably most representative of this.  Steve wasn’t born in the 80’s but the album is full of arrangements which recall the early part of that decade, specifically classic rock and pop by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Elton John and Billy Joel, and perhaps others like Rick Springfield, Queen, Foreigner, and Journey.  It’s no surprising that some of these performers are his key influences, he sings and plays their inspiration proudly.  The best parts of All-American Boy are when Steve gets to let loose.  “We Are The Night” (which will be a concert favourite and could be a subsequent single) and the Springsteen-ish “Run” are fine anthems, and jaunty lead single “Whiskey Crime” and “Soakin’ Wet” are just down home fun.  “Say You Love Me” is the winning opening song, while “Next To Me”, “Better Off”, and “Red, White and Blue” are well-crafted pop songs.  Along with “Back To California” and “Time”, “Lovin’ Again” slows it down at the piano as Steve sings about one of those romances that makes you question if you’d do it all again.

All in all, the next few years for Steve Grand are going to be amazing.  He has a natural, honest charm that can win over the strictest of nay-sayers.  And while his success has elevated him to be a spokesman for gay and equity issues, if the music and the talent weren’t already front and centre, this album would not be here.  I admire Steve’s determination and confidence and look forward to seeing his show when he’s next in my city.

Be sure to pick up All-American Boy on iTunes!

Published in: on March 22, 2015 at 12:14 pm  Leave a Comment  
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One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer: @SteveGrandmusic Serves Up “Whiskey Crime”

STEVE GRAND, “Whiskey Crime”

Chicago’s Steve Grand is now everyone’s All-American Boy and one of music’s hardest working new talents.  His All-American Boy album, funded by you, is set for release on March 23, and I have, happily, my own advance copy to write about closer to that time.  In the meantime, Steve’s new single “Whiskey Crime” dropped this week.  It aptly prepares you more for the classic pop/rock influences that pervade the album, but also carries on the good-natured fun led by his initial singles “All-American Boy” and “Stay”, both of which also had significant Country music flavour.  But really, with Steve, you’re going to have to learn to expect the unexpected.  “Whiskey Crime” is as much about George Thorogood and Bruce Springsteen as it might be about George Strait or Garth Brooks.  Steve’s got this winning, contagious, no-holds-barred delivery in this song that’s sure to make you smile whether or not you like the hard stuff or even an Appletini 🙂 Let your hair down, kick back, and pick up “Whiskey Crime” on iTunes.   Watch the lyric video above.

Published in: on March 12, 2015 at 8:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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@SteveGrandMusic Serenades Us with “Back To California”

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STEVE GRAND, “Back To California”

If you haven’t yet checked out Steve Grand’s music, now is the time.  The pop/country singer who made millions of heads turn with his previous videos for “All American Boy” and “Stay” is about to launch his All American Boy album – which exceeded its Kickstarter goal yesterday by $4,000!  So high expectations are the order of the day for this earnest and charmingly low key performer with “Back To California”.  It’s his best song yet – a traditional kind of pop story about a friendship that endures despite changes in the characters’ lives, alternating between younger days and now.  It tugs on every string – happy, sad, forlorn, hopeful – and the California beach and mountains become very alluring.  But the honesty in the performance and endearing story keep your attention through the 5+ minutes.  “Back To California” is a beautiful song that might help put this kind of music back on the radio.  On a slight side note, it’s kind of funny how Steve recently met Elton John and the words “tiny dancer” appear in the song too 🙂  If that’s not a coincidence, it’s great inspiration nonetheless!  You can find out more about Steve’s Kickstarter project at the end of the video and you can get the single on iTunes.  All American Boy – The Album, is set for release in May.

Published in: on February 28, 2014 at 12:13 am  Leave a Comment  
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