As we get older, experience teaches us that the more we learn,
the less we know. This is a foundation upon which my music is
based. Blues is deceptively simple; I strive to treat the genre
with total respect for the subtleties and depth of the tradition.
By not merely imitating the greats and not-so-well-known’s, but
by working within the framework they set, I endeavor to pay
respect to those who preceded me. I feel strongly that is my
responsibility to contribute something to the music, not to
“slash and burn” as so many do. Blues has brought me great
joy throughout my life, and I must try to give something back
to the music. Therefore I approach my music with integrity,
striving for an honest, authentic approach with creativity and
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“Steve Smith and the Meteors don't rely on volume,
flash, overdone chestnuts or wasted notes. They
have a respect for the tradition and say something
relevant. These guys know what most blues bands
don't...that it's more about the notes you don't play
than the ones you do." -- Rick Holmstrom
Steve Smith & the Meteors play old school blues;
rooted in the Chicago tradition, Steve stays true to
the Delta heritage, swinging jump blues, a dose of
funk, and alittle 50’s rock n’ roll/rockabilly. Unlike
almost every other blues performer, Steve writes
his own material; a refreshing break from the
“same old-same old”. Staying true to the genre,
Steve’s music is original, yet traditional.
Steve is no Johnny-come-lately to the blues; while
most blues players come from a rock background,
Steve has always been true to the music. Steve’s
roots run deep, but he is no slavish imitator; Steve
is a long way past recitation. Having long ago
learned the “language”, Steve’s music flows
naturally - he communicates; his music is
“Steve’s Greasy Houseparty”, Steve’s current CD,
is garnishing praise and receiving airplay across
the globe. The first of Steve’s promised theme
CD’s, this one is an R&B party groove circa 1965.
Recorded in Memphis by the legendary Roland
Janes, it features members of the Jerry Lee Lewis
Band, horns, piano and B-3.
Steve’s awards include: the Michelob/National Park
Service Talent Search (1988), as well as both the
Tornado Alley/DC Blues Contest (1995) and the
NBC/Tower Records/Fleetwood’s/Taste of DC event
(also in 1995).
Steve has made numerous TV and radio
appearances, with both interviews and live
performances. TV appearances include: NBC 4 &
FOX 5 (DC), CBS 13 & Fox 45 (Baltimore), and many
shows such as “Blues Avenues” (Philadelphia) and
Backstage Pass (DC) that feature live music. Radio
appearances include WPFW (DC), WYEP (Pittsburgh),
and Elvis Radio (Sirius).
Steve has performed at many festivals: The BBQ
Battle (four times), First Night celebrations, Western
Maryland Blues Festival, Baltimore Microbrew Fest,
and was the first blues act to perform at the
Rehoboth Jazz Fest. Steve has performed with or
been on the same bill as: Junior Wells, Anson
Funderburgh, Koko Taylor, J. Geils, James Cotton,
Magic Slim, Rod Piazza, Billy Boy Arnold and a host
Steve’s abilities and experience allow him to play in
a variety of settings with different lineups,
encompassing: band, duo, solo, jazzy uptown to
STEVE SMITH & HIS METEORS
Original, authentic, award-winning blues