Dignify

by Steve Shook

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One of the joys of music is that diversity so often leads to singularity, as Steve Shook's new CD so delightfully proves. In a truly eclectic career path that's included stints in a Venezuelan garage band (the very collectable 'Homer and The Dont's'), nearly a decade opening shows for George Carlin (as half of 'Travis, Shook and The Club Wow') and time rocking around the Bay State (as part of "The Incredible Casuals') he's created a catalogue of songs and paired his voice and guitar in a style that is his alone. It has a touch of samba, a bit of country swing, a hint of Paris cafes, and a healthy dose of rock. On his new record, he steps out for the first time as front man for his own project. With the help of producer Kimon Kirk he's assembled some extraordinary players to join him: session wizard Duke Levine on guitar, Terry Adams of NRBQ on keyboards, Jennifer Kimball of The Story on vocals, jazz accordionist Sonny Barbato, and past collaborators Rikki Bates on drums and Berke Mckelvey on reeds. Steve writes about the little moments of life and love that mask the deeper feelings, and sets them to music drawn from a world of sources, and from that diversity he's created this singular treat. - Rob Hart

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released March 10, 2013

In order of appearance:
Steve Shook - electric and acoustic guitars, vocals
Kimon Kirk - upright and electric bass, backing vocals
Rikki Bates - drums, percussion
Duke Levine - electric guitar
Terry Adams - piano, clavinet, whistling
Sonny Barbato - accordion
Berke McKelvey - woodwinds
Jennifer Kimball - backing vocals

Produced by Kimon Kirk
Executive Producer: Liz Shook

Recorded by Matt Beaudoin at Q Division, Somerville, MA
Additional recording by Dan Cardinal at Dimension Sound, Jamaica Plain, MA and by Billy Shaw at Soundesign, Brattleboro, VT
Mixed by Brad Jones at Alex the Great, Nashville, TN
Mastered by Jim DeMain at Yes Master, Nashville, TN

Woodwind arrangements by Berke McKelvey

Design by David Greenberger
Photographs by Andrew Moisey

All songs by Steve Shook (Published by Poodle Puppy Publishing/BMI except 4 by Phonetones/ASCAP)

Thank you to Daniel Shook, Mark Usher, John Kilroy, Doug Jordan, Gary Locke, Billy Beard, Rob Hart, Eric Short, Fran Ledoux, Karl Hoyt, Jenifer Jackson, Patrick Noe, Athena Kirk, and Barbara Price

Particular thanks to Chandler Travis for his steadfast encouragement, and most of all, thanks to Lisa

Listening suggestions: I've found this record is best enjoyed in mid- to late evening, at room temperature. It pairs well with most any decent wine. An extra dash of volume is recommended. -- SKS

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Steve Shook Massachusetts

After a long hiatus, Steve Shook is back on the scene with his first solo recording.

This follows an early career that featured stints with:
- Venezuelan garage band Homer and the Dont's;

- a high school band that included Jeff "Skunk" Baxter;

- Boston legends Travis, Shook and the Club Wow (who toured for a decade opening shows for George Carlin);

- Cape Cod mainstays The Incredible Casuals
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