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Same Boy

Same Boy

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  • By Steve Coffey
  • Release 31/10/2006
  • Music Genre Folk
  • Media Format CD
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This is Steve Coffey & The Lokels 3rd album release. 14 (plus) tracks of original prairie roots folk rock fusion featuring Coffey\'s well known lyrical palette backed by The Lokel\'s (Lance Loree; Dave Bauer; Pat Phillips & Russ Baker)distinctive musical renderings. This album also includes a 1/2 hour movie shot in High Definition of the band in a recording session setting and 6 new videos which can now be seen on Canada\'s Arts & Entertainment Channel BRAVO! -Prairie Staple\'s SAME BOY Set to Hit The Airwaves- Steve Coffey is one of those artists who wears the world he sees upon his sleeve, an artistic output poignant and striking, filtered through his own personal interpretations and emotions. He's not alone, as there are other musicians fitting this description as well. But Coffey is a little different in that, as many Albertans already know, you're just as likely to see him painting on a canvas as writing as song. Coffey laughs when it's suggested that he's likely getting tired of having to talk about his acclaimed paintings when he's actually being interviewed about his music - but if he hasn't come to terms with it yet, he should. Those who've both heard his music and seen his art tend to agree; neither takes a back seat to the other. "It's pretty much different tools and then just what's around me," says Coffey from his home in the small town of Vulcan, AB. "The inspiration that sends me into the studio to paint... I'm pretty influenced by the landscape, especially down here. It sort of generates stories and ideas, and I think what it does beyond my painting is maintain a real Canadian approach to my writing." Viewing his art, of which there are countless examples on his website, and listening to Same Boy, Coffey's latest CD, one quickly recognizes the similarities in approach. A landscape painting might depict the scantest amount of horizon and the thin line of a train, the rest of the canvas filled with swirling brush strokes that make a massive sky swell and breathe, visually overwhelming in it's simplicity. A song like "Past" isn't much different. The framework of a concept is established through Coffey's terse, emotive rasp with plenty of space left for his band, The Lokels, to create an ebbing, flowing Neil Young-styled western soundscape that is wordless yet still fraught with meaning. And when it comes to what inspires all this, well that's something Coffey is still trying to figure out. "As far as what I write about, I don't know," says Coffey. "Something strikes you and you just get an idea in your head. I just wrote a song about a caboose. I mean, who knows where that stuff comes from?" OK, perhaps the caboose song's origins aren't too mysterious - digging into Coffey's past, one learns that he spent a sleep-deprived youth beside the train tracks, with his father's country band playing simultaneously in the basement just outside his bedroom door. But regardless, one thing about Coffey's music, more often than not: "It's real personal stuff." Same Boy is very much proof of that. Take, for example," the song "Lydia's Land." Lydia is one of Coffey's two daughters, visible in the accompanying DVD that comes with Same Boy. "Bravo [the television network] first aired that on September 11, and my daughter Lydia was born on September 11," explains Coffey. "Of course, the world stopped and mourned and it was a real heavy day, but that day was also a real celebration for my wife and I, so I wanted to write a tune reflecting that. I tried to get into the melancholy of that day and at the same time contrast it with the birth of this child." Another tune that shares those qualities is "Two Brothers." It's also the one most meaningful to Coffey. "That's the actual story of my brother and I going out and burying my old man," he recalls. "We went and got him out of Winnipeg and took him to Brandon and put him in the ground, just the two of us. We drove across in this big oil truck and it was this cowboy and me. I was a long hair, smoking. "We buried my Dad beside his sister," Coffey continues. "She died when she was a child, and it was real interesting as two brothers coming together and learning a lot about each other because we weren't as close until that time." It's emotional stuff to be sure, and those who watch the DVD when it next airs on Bravo will intuitively register this even more than when they hear the music alone. Not that the DVD, mostly segments of the album's recording process interspersed with rural and small town vignettes, is literal in any way, but the impact of Coffey's muse comes through and to some degree the video is a triumph because Coffey has attempted to fuse his visual and aural expressions in the past. "But I didn't really follow through," he says. Nor is he necessarily in a hurry to do so again, despite continually being inspired on both fronts. "Both worlds are also kind of separate, and I've got to pay them each their due." Rick Overwater- Beatroute Magazine- DEC,2007 Steve Coffey & The Lokels same boy Independent Steve Coffey is a singer-songwriter, painter and sculptor from southern Alberta, and with his band, The Lokels, released their third album, same boy: 14 (plus) tracks and a bonus 30-minute DVD containing six videos. Same boy is a brilliant collection of prairie roots-folk-rock-fusion. Steve Coffey backed by the Lokels - individually known as Lance Loree, Dave Bauer, Pat Phillips and Russ Baker - has put together a strong and honest set of honky-tonk balladry. In Coffey\'s bio, he notes his influences are varied, \'ranging from Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard to Michael Stipe and Tom Waits (with a sprinkle of Flatt & Scruggs)\'. same boy is more twang than rock: a cohesive collection of fascinating stories about life on the Alberta plains. Coffey\'s Dylan-like deep voice growl and the Lokels\' rich instrumentation and brilliant harmonies have produced one of the best Alberta singer-songwriter records I\'ve heard in awhile! - By Philip Harries; penguin eggs- winter edition Steve Coffey & The Lokels Red Deer Express Steve Coffey keeps the honest, down-home tunes coming with his latest offering Same Boy, packed with 14 acoustic guitar-driven cuts tapping into accessible \'paintings\' of the human experience. Coffey is no slouch at offering up songs rich in images from the meandering title track to the melancholic, classic country strut of My Hometown. As is noted on his web site, Coffey was clearly influenced by his dad who was a \'on the road\' steel guitar player for many years and \'instilled in him the notion of originality through self-teaching as the vehicle of expression.\' Originality certainly bursts out at every turn. Coffey is simply not influenced by those elements which could propel him closer to potential commercial notoriety. Tunes tend to be low-key and staightforward. The simply-structured Old Loved Man continues to unveil Coffey\'s skills at creating insightful, compelling stories, as does Past. Rounding out The Lokels are Lance Loree, Pat Phillips, Russ Baker and Dave Bauer, and fans can get an up-close look at the band in an accompanying DVD featuring six new videos and the guys in a studio setting. Those who like Folk/country tunes minus the extraneous clutter could find themselves in sonic heaven. - Mark Weber 01/2007 \'Listening to SAME BOY, recorded in about a week at an old Quonset hut in Okotoks just south of Calgary, Coffey\'s varied and sometimes very personal inspirations are laid bare...The 14 songs on SAME BOY are often touching and uniformly well crafted. They\'re wrapped in compelling melodies,earmarked by Coffey\'s distinctive, slightly nasal vocal delivery, with superb musicianship throughout.\' -Cam Hayden; SEE Magazine 10/06 \'With word awareness reminiscent of Fred Eaglesmith, Central Alberta native Steve Coffey drops his third disc with the Lokels, and fans of literate singer-songwriters should take note. Same Boy is a keeper, and should make those who appreciate Tom Russell, Dave Alvin and their ilk quite pleased. Multidimensional, on My Hometown Coffey pulls togther foreboding prairie images of a community slowly choking. On Skates, he captures a warmer glow of freer times. Roads, leading to and from, are prominant on the disc, serving as a ready metaphor for situations both bleak and hopeful. Lance Loree and Dave Bauer are co-stars of this disc, playing a dizzying array of stringed and fretted instruments. Coffey never takes the easy way and Same Boy is the creation of a lyricist, musician and artist come to fruition. The production is professional but grounded, with a handpicked band of Southern Albertans serving as the Lokels. The generous 66-minute album is packaged with a DVD that provides insight into the recording process while illustrating several of Coffey\'s loosely narrative songs.\' Donald Teplyske- Red Deer Advocate 10/17/2006 \'It\'s not dark, it\'s emotional,\' says Steve Coffey, responding to a hollow adjective lobbed at his newest batch of raw, countrified rockers. While still first-rate drinking accompaniment, SAME BOY, the third album for Coffey and his rootsy cohorts, the lokels, dredges up imagery of loneliness, abandonment and decay. \'There\'s a lot going on in the world,\' he says, \'so I\'ve looked out beyond myself.\' Over the course of 16 tracks (two of \'em hidden), recorded in a makeshift studio on an acreage in Okotoks, Coffey and crew knock out what could be the unofficial soundtrack of the Lynnview Ridge fiasco. (Coffey himself filmed the urban ghost town for the \'MY HOMETOWN\' video, one of five included on the SAME BOY DVD.)...\' Chris Bowerman; SWERVE Magazine; 10/20/06 \'I'm trying to pigeonhole Steve Coffey. And I'm realizing it won't work. He's a songwriter, a singer. He's a guitar player. He's also a professional painter, a trained sculptor, and now a co-producer, co-director and co-editor of the DVD that comes as part of the package for his new album Same Boy. Same Boy is a 14-song album of Coffey originals. Like it's writer, this album is hard to pin down. There's a western feel with lots of steel and prairie imagery, but there's a raw element, almost a punk edge, that comes out in some of the vocals and guitars, particularly in the song "My Life Unwinds". Recorded off the floor in a Quonset outside of Okotoks, Steve Coffey & the Lokels have come up with a project that is bigger than most records. Along with the album is the aforementioned DVD. Well shot and very watchable, this 30 minute, eight song disc brings the viewer right into the studio with simple but detailed images. Highlights include Dave Bauer's backing vocals and Lance Loree's guitar solo in "Born To Die Alone"...\'A label-defying medium merger\'. -Matt Masters; Beatroute Magazine.

Details

Artist: Steve Coffey
Title: Same Boy
Genre: Folk
Attributes: 2PC
Release Date: 31/10/2006
Label: CD Baby
Media Format: CD
UPC: 844667002485
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