Band - Dharmakaya
By Zane Ewton
The Steepwater Band is firmly entrenched
within the scope of their influences. If you like hard rock, Delta
blues and southern boogie you will definitely enjoy Dharmakaya.
You will hear hints of ZZ Top, Bad Company,
Led Zeppelin and all the other bands who claim a permanent spot on classic
rock radio. Dharmakaya is good simply because the songs are
good. Strong songs stand up despite any influences or trends.
The quality of the players is also a throwback
to times when each band member was allowed a chance to shine and could
always hold up their end of the song.
Jeff Massey (lead vocals and lead guitar),
Michael Connelly (lead vocals, harmonica, guitar and percussion), Joseph
Winter (drums) and Tod Bowers (bass) formed the band in 1998 and have since
acquired the reputation as an incendiary live band.
Much of that reputation translates well
into Dharmakaya, but the stage is the true home for these songs.
Dead Horse, Jammin Down Southern, or Waiting on the Devil are perfect
for the bar or the backyard. It is music with roots.
The band has two lead singers, but both
Massey and Connelly are strong vocalists and the flow of the album does
not suffer. It actually helps to deepen the roles of characters and
feelings throughout the album. Southern music is about whiskey, women
and life. Rarely does Dharmakaya stray from those sentiments.
If you like Skynyrd and the Black Crowes,
then Dharmakaya could sit comfortably in collection.
Band - Dharmakaya
Back To The Bottle
Oh I Wept
Jammin' Down Southern
Black Cats Path
Waiting On The Devil
House Is Burning
Another Cold Letdown
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