“This is honest American roots music. They are compelling, beautifully crafted, and fully realized songs. It’s just really good.”
– Dennis McNally | Grateful Dead Publicist
Steven Graves is a singer-songwriter and guitar player who began pursuing his musical dreams later in life. His songs touch on themes including love, family, nature and work. His sound ranges, moving between echoes of Bakersfield-inspired country, the Band, John Prine and Bob Dylan. While he resists definition, his work is sometimes described as Americana, or “roots music” as he prefers to call it.
It doesn’t hurt to have Grateful Dead historian and writer Dennis McNally on your side when marketing your music, but on his most recent release, How Long, Steven Graves proves that he readily deserves the connection. How Long moves from one funky, soulfully executed, uplifting and thoughtfully original ditty to the next. The album also includes a compelling cover of the Hunter-Garcia classic “Sugaree,” which might be extra pleasing for Deadheads if they aren’t already absorbed by Graves’ own very engaging and artfully rendered roots-inspired sound. Check out the title cut in the video below. All in all, How Long is an unassuming gem that reveals a sincere and talented musician and songwriter finding his sweet spot with a killer band.