Pan, the wild and musty Greek god of shepherds and flocks, earthy backwoods and rustic music, wandered the hills playing his pan-pipes, chasing nymphs and scaring the bejeezus out of passers-through.
Evidently he’s got more to accomplish, as he’s back in the form of Joe Greene.
His songs reek of raw masculinity – blood, bullets, sex, power and corporeal appetites.
Slinky hard vocals lay open both his intensity and his primal root in music. Joe Greene’s a white guy, but when he’s singing he sounds like soul. His powerfully carnal lyrics evoke strong and gritty visual images.
Complimenting the lead are really cool, unorthodox, free flowing jazz-influenced background vocals.
The music is set off by driving, writhing rhythms and a super groove. Stand-up bass smoothly shores up the low end, while cajon and creative percussion seasons each track distinctly.
Joe works days building elevators for Otis. The debut record is Elevator Music. We recommend buying the actual cd in its cover and checking out the pics inside the elevator. On the record, you’ll hear ‘Margie’ a baleful blues tune, ‘Snake Charmer’ with dobro – Joe made up his own tuning for this song, and ‘The Barn Burner’ adorned with blues harp.
The new tunes here are more sweaty and dirty, as foreshadowed by the pre-session off-the-cuff rap of John Lee Hooker’s ‘I’m Bad Like Jesse James’…….”I got two boys to do my dirtywork, they might cut you, they might shoot you, I don’t know, I don’t care…..”
Joe Greene and the Heavy Steppers are: Joe Greene, lead vocal and guitar; Dylan Cooper, stand up bass, vocals; and Marlon Grace on cajon and vocals.
Listen to the tracks (option/click to download):
Joe Greene and the Heavysteppers Myspace