by Steve Conte ~ July 7th, 2016. Filed under: Uncategorized.
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As a 13 year old live performer, Steve Conte looked to The Rolling Stones, The J. Geils Band, Black Oak Arkansas, The Beatles & Jimi Hendrix for both musical inspiration and how to give “good show”. Cut to 2016 – Conte releases his “COVERS” album featuring many of the songs he & his band have played on tour – and captures that LIVE spirit in the recordings!
The album features songs written and/or recorded by Eddie Cochran, Willy/Mink DeVille, Tom Waits/Ramones, John Lennon, Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and Jason And The Scorchers – all delivered in pure Conte-style.
In addition to playing original songs from his studio albums on tour, Steve would always add a few well-chosen covers. Conte says: “This album contains some of my favorite songs to play live; road-tested in Europe with my band, The Crazy Truth International. I kept the album production sparse to showcase the band’s live energy. All songs were recorded live, in a few takes. Most guitar solos were played live, a few tracks have a guitar overdub, one has horns, there’s one with organ, and another with piano. There’s even a “one-take” vocal performance on there.”
INTERNATIONAL COVER-UP was largely recorded at Labtones Studio in Dordrecht, The Netherlands by Wilco Minderhoud & Jasper van Dorp. It features 6 studio recordings with Conte’s European version of The Crazy Truth – plus a pair of solo acoustic tracks recorded in New York City; one in his own Manhattan studio, The Joint NYC and the other recorded live on renowned record producer, Steve Lillywhite’s program for East Village Radio, The Lillywhite Sessions.