ARTIST NAME: Steel Standing TX
SONG TITLE: Black Cat
ALBUM TITLE: Black Cat – Single
RELEASE DATE: 12/2/2018
Steel Standing TX is from Spicewood, a lakefront suburb of Austin, TX (Live music capital of the world).
They have been described as “Blues meets 60’s Psychedelic” with their growing eclectic catalog of original tunes.
All members contribute their songwriting skills equally to this four-piece band consisting of David Houston-Percussion, Leo Maurer-Guitar and Vocals, Roger Kinzel-Bass and Vocals, and Leslie Adams-Vocals and Guitar.
Go into detail on why you decided to choose music as a career.
We all started studying music in school with band and choir etc. All of us are passionate about music. We were all surrounded and influenced by some of the greatest musicians who performed back in the early days of The Austin, TX music scene. Musicians like Rocky Erickson, the Allman Brothers, Freddie King, and Johnny Winter.
Brief us the feedback you are getting from fans on your music.
Our fans continuously tell us how much they enjoy our energy and that we do more than just play music, we give a live performance that is memorable.
Discuss the relevance of social networking to music.
Social media has become the lifeline for communicating music all over the world. It allows us to reach people who in a way we couldn’t imagine possible in the span of our careers.
Tell us how you record your song.
The latest songs were recorded at the Congress House Recording Studio, one of Austin’s oldest established and iconic studios.
Tell us the story behind the song.
The story was written by David Houston, our drummer. He says it was inspired by a visit to a friend’s house and a chance sighting of his elusive black cat named Oracle. The cat strutted past like he was the king of the neighborhood. He was the biggest, toughest cat around.
State your musical skills.
We are a four-person band.
David Houston: Songwriter/Drums/Percussion/ Vocals
Leo Maurer: Songwriter/Lead Guitar/Lap Slide/Vocals
Roger Kinzel: Songwriter/Electric Bass/ Upright Bass/ Vocals
Leslie Adams: Songwriter/Vocals/Rhythm Guitar/Percussion.
Tell us how long it takes to complete a song from the start.
Have you ever woken up at 3 a.m. and had a song in your head? You get up and write the words down then take it to the band and develop the melody. Some songs have been completed in a day others take more time to develop.
Go into detail on how you develop your lyrics and melody.
Some lyrics come from inspirational experiences and others from spontaneous reactions. Sometimes a melody gets in your head first and you write the lyrics to match.
Music is a creative experience and it doesn’t often follow a set pattern. It sometimes takes the collaboration of the entire band.
Discuss music in full detail.
Music is the universal language. If music is good, it will invoke an emotional response regardless of who you are or what circumstance you are in.
State your five favorite genres of music.
Blues: It’s the root of the American South. It was extremely influential to modern music.
Rock: It was the heartbeat of young America.
Punk: It gives you the frenzied release of emotions.
Reggae: Very relaxing in some form yet in other forms was the political voice of an oppressed people.
Psychedelic: Just groovy!
Discuss your rehearsal.
Rehearsals are determined by the immediate need of the week.
We usually dedicate time to running the setlist for an upcoming gig although we reserve special time to work through our entire catalog. We schedule special work days for new original or cover tunes.
State your favorite musical instruments.
Our guitarist, Leo prefers his Jazz Master guitar and his Telecaster. Acoustically, he uses a Taylor.
David’s leaning is to Gretch and DW drums for their unique sound. Acoustically, he uses a slap top Cajon combined with a bass Cajon.
Where Roger is proficient in the upright for acoustic, he prefers to rip it up on the Gibson Grabber.
Leslie uses her Di’Angelica acoustic and she enjoys playing percussion on the Dembe.
Describe the chemistry between you and your fans during a live performance.
The minute we hit the stage, we pour our heart into it and give a performance that they will remember! People tell us “you guys have so much fun!” And we truly are!
Discuss your personality in full detail.
Leslie Adams is a true blueswoman. Her songs come from experience and she expresses them with that “I’ve been there girl” attitude. Her fiery stage presence and big vocals bring the house down.
Leo Maurer brings to the stage his masterful leads and David Byrne-Like vocals combined with intelligent songwriting skills that electrify the stage.
David Houston never misses a beat. His technical proficiency and passionate performance along with his mad songwriting skills make him a cut above.
Roger Kinzel exudes an on-stage energy that is contagious. This gifted bassist infuses the atmosphere with his song lyrics and powerhouse vocals.
Discuss your music career.
We are all seasoned musicians. We started at a young age. Together we have a creative synergy that is uncommon in this industry.
List your previous feature.
Steel Standing has been featured in Texas Rebel Radio, Austin Blues Radio.
Share your memorable experiences with us.
With us, we have had too many to count. Every show is a memorable experience
State your artist’s name and elaborate on it.
We are made of Steel and still standing regardless of life’s challenges.
State the title of the song and the meaning.
The title of the song is Black Cat.