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The Steepwater 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.
 



CD Info 

The Steepwater Band - Dharmakaya
Label: Funzalo Records
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Tracks:
Gettin' By
Dead Horse
Back To The Bottle
Dharmakaya
Oh I Wept
Jammin' Down Southern
Black Cats Path
Waiting On The Devil
House Is Burning
Autumn
Ride Free
Another Cold Letdown
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