Keep on Rollin
'Stevens' songwriting shines'. 'Jon Ellis Stevens obviously has had the 14 songs on 'Keep On Rollin'' bottled up inside of him for quite a few years. When the artist from central New York decided the time was right to release his debut disc, he built a home studio to record it and enlisted the help of a dependable and talented array of central New York musicians he therefore dubbed The New York All Stars. He turned these great players - guitarist Ron Spencer, keyboardist Andy Rudy, fiddler Joe Davoli Jr., tenor saxophonist Chris Sawyer, pedal steel guitarist Peter Baird, acoustic guitarist William James Wheatley and blues harmonica blower Tom Townsley - loose on his compositions of great passion. His eye for the details that form character carries over into his lyric writing. Musically, his songs all sound vaguely familiar to groups that must have shaped his vision. There's a Dire Straits-like feel to 'Good Thing Goin''; a blues pace somewhere between 'Stormy Monday' and 'Since The Day We Met' on Dream The Dream Of Heroes'; a 'Tumblin' Dice' vibe to 'Party With The Sinners'; a Warren Zevon quirkiness to 'Sing Me A Song'. Songwriting is Stevens' strength. His 'I've Got A Dream', dedicated to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., won honorable mention in the 2003 BILLBOARD Worldwide Songwriting competition. ' * Mark Bialczak, Music Critic Jon Ellis Stevens has brought his intense focus and artistic vision to his love for musical arranging, composing and lyric writing. In speaking to guitarist Ron Spencer, master recording engineer Mike Konkol said: 'Jon's expecting a lot from his audience. He's expecting them to really listen'. And listen you should. There is some of the best rock n' roll, country and swing, urban Chicago blues and pop rock that I've ever heard on this disc. Jon Ellis Stevens wins 10 Honorable Mentions in the 2004 BILLBOARD Worldwide Songwriting Contest.