"Steve Smith and the Meteors are part of a dying breed. That is, corner bar blues bands that
don't rely on volume, flash, overdone chestnuts or wasted notes. They have a respect for the
tradition but don't let it mess with their ability to say something relevant. And most
importantly, 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: former guitarist for William Clarke, Rod Piazza;
solo artist, currently playing with Mavis Staples
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As a vintage guitar dealer and native Memphian I feel like I know a good band when I
hear one. Steve Smith and the Meteors really fit the bill. They play with the spirit and
tone that sets them apart from the pack. I look forward to their trips to Memphis and
always try to have a Steve-Rod duet jam at my house!
Rod Norwood: vintage guitar dealer, Memphis musician
Steve Smith is a 'guitar players' guitar player. His style is deeply rooted in the
American masters of modern Blues guitar; his interpretations never forced or
derivative. Steve has a dynamic approach to the instrument, as relaxed comping jazz
standards as stretching out on a Chicago Blues rave up. The timbres and tones Steve
evokes from his '50's era Gibson Les Paul are pure sonic smack, so authentic that
without prior knowledge, you could easily mistake his fretwork for genuine Vee Jay
sides that were hidden away. In this day and age, where blues guitarists are commonly
more concerned with the quantity of notes rather than the quality, Steve Smith is a
breath of vintage air, creating music that's comfortable and fresh. As a huge bonus, his
band, The Meteors, create a groove behind him that the Women can't resist! It's sure
allreet, dancin' to that teenage beat!
Mark Baier: Victoria Amplifiers’ main man, Chicago
The debut CD by Steve Smith & The Meteors, titled just that, is truly a refreshing
collection of 14 nuggets of gold from Blues genre. Guitarist Smith, who wrote 13 of
the 14 compositions, needs no further proof that his knowledge of various idioms
within the genre is that of a well-seasoned professional, able to play with authenticity.
The mix on the CD is excellent and unique. Imagine top notch Chicago Blues
musicians you would hear on Chess recordings, but they have instead been recorded
in Memphis at Sun studios. The Blues in a Rockabilly setting does indeed provide a
unique and pleasing sound to the ear. This 4-piece, guitar, bass, drums, and
harmonica combo have replicated that sound. The only thing missing is piano. Most
bands today who record retro music lack the authenticity because they end up
sounding too sterile with all the digital state-of-the-art technology available in today's
studios when compared with the technology of yesteryear. Thus the songs end up
sounding so pristine the only place they can be played is on an elevator. This group
has used just enough of the new technology to improve upon the old, but without
losing the human feeing. Steve Smith & The Meteors debuting 50 years after the fact,
are indeed the real deal. Back to the future lives!!!
Daryl Davis: boogie-woogie pianist extraordinaire,
solo artist, also plays with Chuck Berry and others
Recently, I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with two very talented and
personable musicians from the Washington, D.C. area. Along with members of the
Jerry Lee Lewis Band, we recorded some very exciting sides which I know you will
enjoy as much as I do.
Steve Smith on guitar and vocals, and Pete DelVitto on harmonica, perform the blues
as well as anyone I have heard in a long time. Not only are they capable of doing the
blues in their very own unique style, they can handle just about any kind of music in
the same manner.
Both Steve and Pete create original material including blues, pop, country and jazz.
Steve is very outgoing and includes great humor and novelty in many of his original
songs, while Pete is more serious minded and laid back in his approach.
I might add that along with his obvious great guitar palying and songwriting ability,
Steve is a very talented vocalist and delivers each performance with heartfelt emotion
Pete also plays with the same emotion and authenticity. Although he has his very own
unique style on harmonica, it’s easy to see that he is very much a student of the
history of the blues.
As a fellow musician and engineer here at Sam Phillips Recording Studio in Memphis,
Tennessee, it was a great experience and pleasure for me to be involved in this
recording project with two very nice people and very talented musicians. I predict
much success for Steve and Pete and they have my very best wishes for that success.
Roland Janes: engineer at Phillips Recording, played guitar
in the Sun Studio “house band”, most notably for Jerry Lee Lewis
Steve Smith and the Meteors play the blues with passion, authority, and respect for the
form that is so often lacking in “modern blues” outfits. Steve’s choice of repertoire
coupled with his ability to nail classic tones and feeling with a solid, unobtrusive
rhythm section allows the music to breathe. His lack of willingness to dilute the blues
into “blues rock” is what’s cool. The choice of material goes from swing/jump blues to
traditional 12-bar forms and runs the gamut in between, all the while never sounding
like just another wanky demonstration of guitar technique. Steve knows the notes not
to play as much as the notes TO play. That’s what makes listening to Steve Smith and
the Meteors a uniquely rewarding experience.
Matt Baker, Action Music
Steve Smith and Pete Del Vitto team up to make the most solid blues industry
imaginable. Steve's originals are totally solid and many of them sound right out of
Memphis decades ago. Steve’s songs remind one that future classic blues are being
written today; I have no doubt that we’ll be hearing more from Steve. Steve's brilliant,
imaginative, and lyrical improvising on guitar is nonpareil. Pete could put out a fire
with his harmonica, or start one if he wanted.
Songwriters Association of Washington
Hi Steve-thanks for the CD. I wish the best & much success on your great CD. Nice tone
for your guitar. Great song titles, and nice packaging. I like Chili Dogs, great name. My
wife is playing two songs tonight on her radio show: Chili Dogs and Weed Killer. Please
stay in touch, let us know how you’re doing.
Guitarist/vocalist of great renown. Besides his solo career,
Billy has played/plays with: Kim Wilson, Legendary Blues Band,
Billy Boy Arnold, Mark Hummel, Snooky Pryor and many others.