New Look, New Year
Visitors and returning fans to this not-so-humble site that struggles to balance truth and honesty with tongue-in-cheek self-aggrandisement see this year's new page header banner, currently hosting updated photo of The Steward holding a customed-up Gretsch model G4520. The hard-to-find Way Out West model was finally located by Chris and Ash Broadwell and crew from Ithaca Guitar Works, (so that's at least 3 axes I've gotten from this great place). Luthier Hank Ahaire was tapped to make the necessary lefty b.s.r. modification to accommodate Steve's weirdo backwards upside down playing style. Then the instrument was colorized and decorated for Sky Camo Records by reknown fingerpaint artist Peesa Bohn. A close-up photo of her work on this acoustic guitar body is on the PHOTO/ART GALLERY page.
For even more play value: Speech bubble texts spanning the universe (in our page header) honor the old Burma Shave sequential roadside signs of early US road travel - in this case: editorial by cartoon. These comic-style bubbles, past and present, have been collected into a new feature: "Universe Bubbles", and editions 1 through 5 can be seen in PHOTO/ART GALLERY, post-2000 section. Feel free to comment...
was fed into a project started July 2021, and will continue until completed. Musically, the new production is based on a groove that fell out of a $39 el-cheapo guitar, late at night, travelling welded rail westbound at 90 mph on The Super Chief. As for the subject matter: we might all start looking in the attic for our oldest flags... I mean seriously OLD ones, great great grandma stuff! And you might as well forget about the US president, whoever it may be. Doesn't really matter. They no longer have any real power. Ike was the last who had any, (and he had no choice but to sign it away in 1955); JFK tried to get it back, (and ya see what happened there). We're getting impatient if not outright pissed, and we're suggesting that it's about time for another revolution, one that calls for a significant disclosure of truth.
At least it was, during the 2021 farming season of making hay, without which NOTE: we would have no cheeseburger, no fries and no shake – among other things. Written in response to a conversation with a farm family patriarch and my expert hay guy, Hey Gotta Make Hay was our down home bluegrass tune about bluegrass, released on the Summer Solstice, (and the 30-year anniversary of our buying the farm and living to tell about it). For more details, see SONG INFO.
* * * * *
Our goodtimes jukie-box rocker was officially released on Saint Patty's Day, and was our first new single of the 2021. See SONG INFO for more about Gotsome Body !
* * * * * * *
more REDOS, DEMOS & ideas under construction:
ON THE DOCKET: An SE remake of of our first rock wannabe hit that streaked off the starting line, driven by the old Farmhouse Garage Band. The setup was slightly off; it stuck good in turns 1 & 2, but was so-so in 3 & 4 and the dogleg. We took the vehicle back to the pits where it was worked on by the upgraded SE crew and a new sponsor. It'll run good now.
* * * * * * *
Then maybe we’ll be heading back into the country for a couple more. One is a shitkicker about making maple syrup in the backwoods north country. The other is a sentimental deer hunting yarn in the progressive country genre. Both are getting ready for the light of a new day.
* * *
Another new vintage-style rock piece long in the works pays homage to old rocks. (Can you say "Puma Punku"? No? How 'bout: "Big Horn Medicine Wheel?") Lyrics inspired by one of the all-time classic B&W movies – all speaking to the future. Is that possible? Check back to find out!
* * *
We've got a light-hearted, heavy-handed satire in the 'funk-jazz-rock' category, (yet another hybrid of those recognized musical genres.) So stand by to smell the sweet breeze of those tropical islands long fabled in song and story, and take your well-deserved vacation to "Lissners Atoll" !
* * *
And: another one of our popular 99.7% instrumentals with all the bells and whistles of a first class train ride on the left US coast: the Stewards Eclectric remake of A Ride on the Coast Starlight. We're re-fueling the Amtrak F59-PH and Genesis locos, sweeping the dropped pretzels out the Pacfic Parlour Car, and re-stocking the bar with vintage vino from SoCal and a few bottles from the Finger Lakes. Get ready for the ALL ABOARD !
* * * * * * *
so-called COMICS, singles ARTWORK, bowling SHIRTS added
As mentioned (above) our 3-panel comics drawn from past banners called UNIVERSE BUBBLES are presented in PHOTO/ART GALLERY.
* * * * * * *
Previous inquiries from some wanting a closer look at the cover artwork for our singles, (a better view than the postage stamp size the players and some venues present), we've answered by adding the hi-res cover artworks to PHOTO/ART GALLERY in their own section.
* * * * * * *
Also, in conjunction with our 'Bowling Alley Rock' song, we present the evolution of the team Lefties bowling shirts, cataloging the artwork of all 3 recording studio teams: [Sasquatch, Hummingbird and WildBIRD Studios]; the cover version of the Championship trophy we finally won after 12 years of trying, (...of all the years to do it!...); and even the lost & found giveaway cassettes. What a shame Richard wasn't there to slap all us LEFTIES on the back – real freakin' HARD!
All photos and artwork © Copyright - Stephen H. Steward / Sky Camo Records
* * * * *
A fan requested we reprint this, so with tongue inplanted in cheek(s), here it is, edited down to a more condensed form.
Everyone at the musicians’ consortium was amazed but not surprised when it was revealed that Director Steve ‘The Steward’ was to be honored as one of the first three inductees into the Unheralded and Independent Artists Now Here Hall of Fame. [Article follows]
U&I Artists Hall of Fame Ceremony Honors First Inductees
By Crow Byrdland McCaw [Excerpted. *See magazine for the full article.]
The first annual induction ceremony of the Unheralded and Independent Artists Now Here Hall of Fame, (otherwise known as U & I AR NOWHERE) was held on Feb. 3 at the former Covert City Masonic Temple. It had been previously determined likely that nominee Steve The Steward had played there to a sold-out crowd with his high school rock band, and initial promotional releases gave this as the reason for selecting the venue. It was later speculated that promoters could have yielded to a favorable rental agreement for the hall since they scheduled the inaugural event during the Super Bowl. If fact, this may also have limited RSVP-ers and others in attendance.
The ceremony got underway with a short film outlining the sanctioning body’s charter. It centered on revered impressionist Vincent Van Gogh , explaining that the lack of any acknowledgement from the art community (or even his family), let alone any monetary recompense for his work, was the source of most of his troubles - pre-ear debacle. The message being: when he was NOW HERE, he was NOWHERE - and never saw a cent of the millions paid for his art years beyond his lifetime. After this came various sound bites of the nominees while lucky patrons of the arts enjoyed a sumptuous dinner of creamed chicken and peas. As dessert was being served, (Neapolitan ice cream block on Nabisco graham wafer), examples of honorees’ best known works were exhibited, encompassing art, sculpture, railroad car graffiti and music. This was accompanied by one of Steward’s compositions, finishing in an extremely high decibel range.
Following the collection of complimentary disposable earplugs, Steve The Steward launched into a mercifully abbreviated acceptance speech, thanking family, teachers, mentors and friends. [*See complete article for details.]
In closing remarks, Steward hoisted above his head the U&I Hall of Fame statuette, the unique and coveted 'NowHere’. [For those unfamiliar, the physical award is constructed using a faux-marble base with the words NOWHERE HALL of FAME and the inductee’s name inscribed just below on a vague imitation of gold. Leading up from the base is a small pedestal with absolutely nothing above that.] The Steward then said wryly, “This – THIS is why we are all now here!” - and, releasing his left arm from its vertical position, dropped the ersatz Grammy doo-whammy to the stage, shattering it in a thousand pieces, (ala Cornell Professor Harlan Banks).
The audience gasped in surprise. A few nervous laughs, and one cough. Then cheers and laughter erupted from much of the audience, while holdouts glanced furtively here and there in mild disgust at what they thought should be considered bad taste. But truth and the majority ruled, resulting in wild applause that lasted for several seconds, followed by a standing ovation. It wasn’t noted until after two dozen of the not-quite-SRO crowd filed out of their seats that their rising was perhaps an attempt to get to the local Burger King before midnight, for, in honor of the first U & I AR NOWHERE Hall of Fame ceremony, (as well as the Superbowl), special arrangements had been made to serve breakfast menu all night.
*Reprinted with the kind permission of the publishers of Wasting Time Magazine, March 2019
* * * * * *