Steven's newest album, entitled "So New York," is scheduled for release in Sept. 2018 and is a collection of original songs about NYC- the city he loves so much.
The Steven Blane Band's recent album is entitled "Motel Blue." It features Nashville recording artist Rachel Horter on vocals and Ross Holmes on Fiddle.
Prior to that album Steven has released four other albums. "I Confess" was produced by White Heart core member Billy Smiley and recorded in Nashville, and his Lake Worth, Florida recorded-in-a-shed album, "The Shed Sessions" received excellent reviews and airplay on Radio Stations across the country.
As a young boy in Jersey City, his grandma stood him on a table at a Knights of Pythias Talent Show. Singing “Delilah,” Tom Jones style, in front of a supportive audience left a profound effect on Steven. Years later, when college was over, he plotted his escape to NYC. Once there, he was cast in a Broadway Show as a guitar playing gypsy. (He still has his Actor's Equity and SAG cards :-)
He lived on 8th Street in the Village in NYC and played gigs at bars. He wrote an Off-Off Broadway Rock Opera and had one of his songs performed on the original "Star Search." Steven decided to ply his trade as a singer-songwriter in Nashville. So he loaded up his blue VW bug (which was missing pieces of it's floor) and headed down the road from NYC. 100 miles later he turned around, struggled as an artist for a few more years, then married the love of his life and became an audio-book producer.
Steven writes and performs in the Rock-Americana-Country-Pop genres and his songs and lyrics reflect his musings on relationships, faith, love and fantasy. Steven plays guitar, piano and ukulele and performs as a solo artist or with The Steven Blane Band. He is also a Cantor and a Rabbi.
Steven Blane is a singer-songwriter in the Americana genre. His style incorporates a pop influence along with a 1950’s rock vibe that gives his sound a unique signature.
Latest review by The Ark of Music now live. Read the full article here.
Freelance music journalist Alex Faulkner has reviewed Motel Blue - full article can be viewed here.
"Stylistically, Blane fits in the Americana category. But there’s more going on in his music than simply Americana. There’s a pop influence in there, along with a 1950’s rock vibe that gives his sound a unique signature. It’s much different from the usual run-of-the-mill stuff most bands turn out today."
Randy Radic, Huffington Post
"True to the indie music spirit, Steven has been very active in recording his craft. His growing anthology includes 2014’s Gonna Light the Lights Tonight (single), 2015’s Taboo, and 2016’s The Best of Steven Blane (So Far), and I Confess. His most recent effort, The Shed Sessions (feat. Luba Dvorak & Kevin Hailey), was quite literally recorded in a shed in Lake Worth, Florida, with nothing more than two mics and the players themselves—no overdubbing. A situation this minimal can either result in disaster, or pure magic. In Blane’s case: Abracadabra."
"Now in his 60’s, Steven Blane is still a practicing singer-songwriter in the NYC music and arts scene. Americana is considered his main genre but he adds elements from folk, pop, and 1950’s rock to create a sound that is quite unique.
Together with The Steven Blaine Band, this past May saw the release of The Shed Sessions. The 10 track record was recorded fully in a shed in Lake Worth, Florida. The album opens with the folk-style storytelling of “Any Kind Of Fool”. Even as a solely acoustic song, there is an electric feel that pulses through the track. Blaine’s vocals create that energy that makes your ears perk up and pay attention."
"Embracing his acoustic guitar and putting his masterful song crafting abilities on display, Steven Blane delivers an Americana/Folk sound with plenty of nuances including hints of pop, 1950s rock n roll vibes, and a soulful, powerful voice that is guaranteed to grab your attention as Steven starts to sing."
"Steven Blane‘s LP of Jazzy, Swingish, and Bluesy collection of tracks titled The Best of Steven Blane (So Far) is a treat for the New Yorker’s soul in ways that almost can’t be fully described. Blane delivers you that same iconic sound in the league of artists that could be comprised of Sinatra, Bennett, and a riffy Johnny Cash vibe as well. Every song on this album has a smooth, eclectic, and soothing sensibility…no matter where you come from. He has a sound that has class, dynamic musicianship, and innovative measures that are always present throughout every track. The sound is versatile and diverse. And once you take a listen to Steven Blane yourself, he’ll find his way to your heart unconditionally. Whether you expect it or not."
The playlist is a tease of a new album of Americana songs written by Steven Blane and recorded by The Steven Blane Band. Released in February 2018, it features Steven Blane and Rachel Horter on Vocals, Frankie "Sticks" Levatino on Drums, Kevin Hailey on Bass and special guest Ross Holmes on Fiddle. Here's a Video of one of the featured tracks "Anytime."