Joe Goldmark's "Blue Steel" Out Now

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, May 6, 2018 07:24pm | Post a Comment

Amoeba SF's own steel guitar master, Joe Goldmark, has just released his most exciting album to dateJoe Goldmark, Blue Steel with Blue Steel. Mixing Americana, blues, and roots music, Blue Steel showcases a number of original songs, plus a diverse mix of cover tunes ranging from Jimmy McCracklin, Graham Parker, B.B. King, and Jeff Lynne, to Lefty Frizzell, Rufus Thomas, and Dallas Frazier. Best known for his honky-tonk country and Americana sounds, Goldmark has combined an extra component this time with the addition of blues/roots songs like “All Night Worker,” “The Wobble,” and “Beautician Blues.”

“My album cover is loosely based on an old Starday Records album by Arthur ‘Guitar Boogie’ Smith called Blue Guitar,” Goldmark says. “The artwork is blue, but the title Blue Steel actually reflects the R&B feel of the music on the album. Although the pedal steel guitar is considered a ‘country’ instrument by many, I’ve always placed it in other musical genres with excellent results. Blue Steel is colored by a soulful approach to all the tunes, especially on the handful of blues numbers.”

Goldmark was very deliberate in both his choice of musicians and songs he picked to record on the new album. “I was fortunate to convince local hero Glenn Walters, formerly of the Hoodoo Rhythm Devils, to sing some R&B tunes that I thought would work well with steel. I then recruited Dallis Craft to provide a female balance with her soulful singing. Finally, I mixed in some of my instrumentals, plus one that my good friend and former bandmate, guitarist Jim Campilongo, wrote for this album and played on in his own inimitable way.

Joe Goldmark has seven pedal steel guitar CDs under his belt, including the popular Seducing the 60s and critically-acclaimed Steelin’ the Beatles, which demonstrate his unique vision for the steel guitar. He’s recorded three seminal albums as a member of the storied Jim Campilongo and the 10 Gallon Cats. He toured and recorded with The Twangbangers, and all-star band that featured Redd Volkaert, Bill Kirchen, and Dallas Wayne. He has also toured with Jim Lauderdale and Peter Rowan, and played in the legendary Texas Chainsaw Band.

Joe brings the pedal steel guitar into new musical territory playing high-energy reinterpretations of rock and soul music, as well as writing and performing his own instrumentals. He also has recorded with other artists, including the True Stories album with David Byrne, Restless Rambling Heart with Laurie Lewis, Amazing California Health & Happiness Road Show with the Mermen, and nine albums with The Usual Suspects, a project that included legends Mike Bloomfield, Taj Mahal, Peter Rowan, Norton Buffalo, and Maria Muldaur.

Get your copy of Blue Steel today HERE or at any Amoeba location. You can also find out more about Joe on his website.

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