Songwriters Blair Chadwick and Charlie Bateson first met in London in 2013, when Blair was sleeping in a kitchen in Covent garden and Charlie was active on the London Americana circuit.
Meeting at the now sadly deceased Gladstone Pub in Borough, it was a meeting of minds and kindred musical spirits that sparked a song writing session which bore fruit early with the EP “Shake off all the Blue”. The pair were known then as ‘The AAA Revue” and have played with various singers, bass players, drummers and pedal steal players searching for their sound.
Fast forward to the Spring of 2016, after a particular “creative” week away with a group of superb musicians (who would later play on their debut) Charlie and Blair rechristened the band to ‘Steepways” in honour of their spiritual secret location in Stroud.
In the summer of 2016 (in the middle of Brexit) ‘Steepways’ practically moved into Reservoir Studios in Crouch End where under the watchful steer of the super talented Chris Clarke (owner, producer, Danny and the Champ, and all round top bloke) – Steepways produced their debut album – “Holy Smoke”
Featuring Chris on Bass, the superb chops of Jamie Shaw on Drums and all things percussion, ‘Holy Smoke’ also saw Darren Buddell on inspired Lap and Pedal steel. Vintage Organs and Vocals were dealt with respectively by the talented Andy Fairclough (Danny and the Champions of the World) and Siobhan Carr (Alabama 3)
‘Holy Smoke’ officially released 5th May 2017. Available worldwide through iTunes, Amazon and our ‘Shop’ page to name but a few.
This year the band spent the first half writing a 6 song concept piece about the end of the summer of love called “The Road To Altamont” (TRTA). Premiered to a SOLD OUT crowd and captured on video (see news section) TRTA will be recorded and taken out on the road in 2019. Watch this space. Peace.