"...The playing is top notch as is the songwriting and Steve's warm, evocative lead vocals...For anyone who loves strong melodies (and who doesn't) you won't find a better album this year; similarly if you like an album that is edgy and lyric driven" ... Mike Morrison, American Roots, UK
"...The 10 Welner original songs are reminiscent of John Hiatt during his musically fertile period of, "Riding with the King", "Bring the Family", Stolen Moments", and "Perfectly Good Guitar"... Francois, Rootsville SWA
Steve Welner is a New York based singer-songwriter/guitarist steeped in Americana music, and whose writing portrays themes related to the down-trodden, the vanishing landscape, the evils of corporate greed, political corruption, and hypocrisy in general. Close listening reveals the subtle black humor and unexpected plot twists. It is easy to focus on the hooks and riffs, and completely miss the punch lines.
Past reviews have compared his work to that of John Prine, Tom Petty, and John Hiatt, and his “reedy” vocals to those of Brian Henneman (Bottle Rockets). His music ranges in format from old- timey folk to full throttle rock 'n roll. Like many of his early influences, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Woody Guthrie, Hank Williams Sr, and bands such as Little Feat, The Band, and the Grateful Dead, his musical offerings come from a wide Americana palette.
His latest album, the self-titled,“Sweet Simple Life” (2017), highlights the roots genres that authentically flow from him-- folk, rock, and country blues, all within the framework of imaginative tales and narratives. Prior to starting the album Steve contacted guitarist, producer, Eric “Roscoe” Ambel (Del-Lords, Joan Jett, Steve Earle) and asked him if he would be interested in playing and singing on a "bunch" of songs. The two first worked together in 2007 when Eric produced and played on Steve’s highly praised album, “Stole Away, the Billy Sessions". With Eric aboard he then enlisted multi instrumentalist/engineer, Bob Stander (PeteTownshend, The Platters), drummer Shawn Murray (Willy Deville), and keyboard ace, Paul Errico (Steve Forbert) for the album.
Steve began playing the guitar and writing songs at an early age. He first picked up a guitar when he was five years old and began writing songs for his first band at the age of twelve. To date, Steve has released 5 albums; the latest self-titled album, along with four albums with his bands, Fourteen Feet (2001-2008) and The WellDiggers (2012 to present). The albums have all received excellent reviews. "Stole Away, the Billy Sessions" (2008), was the number one selling album for 12 weeks on the popular Americana distribution site, Miles of Music, and stayed on their top 10 list for nearly a year. Steve was nominated to the Austin, Texas based Freeform American Roots (FAR) charts as one of the top 5 songwriters of 2008 for the album. His 4th album, "Hope and Fear" (2012) was selected as one of the top 10 albums of the year by, American Roots UK's, Mike Morrison and by, Folk 'n Roots 31NR (96.5) DJ, Colin Fielding.
The WellDiggers are a NY based band founded and fronted by Steve. The band is made up of a fluid cast of musicians. Although it varies, the band includes,Don Gabis (bass), Bob Stander (lead guitar), Shawn Murray (drums), Lanny Sichel (guitar), and Steve Kaplan (bass). Other players that play in the band include Mike Leuci (drums), Danny Dimaina (guitar), Jeff Goldstein (bass), Russ Seeger (guitar/fiddle), Al Speed (keyboards) and Paul Errico (keyboards/accordion).