STEVE POSTELL: PRESS EXCERPTS
ROLLING STONE MAGAZINE
The work of band leader and songwriter Steve Postell is what makes this album so exceptional. Postell's songs are full of warmth and intimacy.
WEST COAST MUSIC
That golden California Sound comes alive again on 'Time Still Knocking', Steve Postell's Immergent Records debut. This rich, organic work draws on rock, folk, blues, country and R&B, all distilled through well-honed craftsmanship coupled with genuine heart and the musical camaraderie of a staggeringly talented group of musicians. The music on 'Time Still Knocking' crackles with a sense of discovery. For Steve Postell, 'Time Still Knocking' is the culmination of dedicated work, lasting friendships and creative partnerships for a complete musician who knows where he’s been and looks to the future with anticipation.
KEYS & CHORDS
Time Still Knocking is a hidden pearl that everyone should own. It all starts with fantastic finger picking as if you hear the master Ry Cooder at work. But Steve doesn’t need a blueprint. He already proved with his previous album that he knows how to write an edgy song and how to translate this musically. I couldn’t find a bad or lesser tune. They all have that refreshing quality that made me think back to the sound of Steely Dan and also that of the Eagles. What Steve has achieved borders on the unbelievable. Other than his outstanding voice, he has the ability to compose THE perfect song. Simply a masterpiece from which many can learn something.
Singer songwriter Steve Postell already proved with his previous album that he writes excellent songs and that he surrounds himself with unique people. People like Jackson Browne are good friends of this guy. He reminds me a lot of Ry Cooder, but he doesn’t need that, because this man knows his stuff which becomes very clear when you listen to his new album “Time Still Knocking”.
This album is again heavily influenced by R&B, Folk, Blues and Rock. Steve has a great voice, plays the guitar beautifully and, as I already said, writes outstanding songs and turns those into amazing compositions. He has a mind boggling list of guests on this album - a few names: Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, Jennifer Warnes, David Crosby, David Koz, Buzz Feiten, Steve Ferrone, etc., etc. Definitely a disc to play over and over again, and then you’ll discover more and more why this man really should come over here. A beautiful release.
KPFK RADIO, Los Angeles
This is a beautifully crafted CD, lyrically, compositionally, and acoustically. There is something about the stories Steve tells that makes you want to sit down and listen. Steve’s voice is strong when he’s rockin’ out, and supremely delicate and sensitive when he’s playing an acoustic guitar. He’s versatile but has carved out a sound that is uniquely his own. It’s sophisticated, pensive, and smart music that will emotionally move you.
MAZZ MUSIKAS MAGAZINE
This CD doesn’t leave our CD player: classical but very well-played rock songs with shining guitar work (Robben Ford, of course, but also Postell himself, Buzz Feiten and Jeff Pevar, who made Peter Galway’s Freedom Is such a trip), wonderful harmonies and a flawless production. The harmonic colors [i.e., timbres] are sometimes so breathtaking that it becomes almost too much, but you can hardly call this overproduction. . Literally every one of the thirteen songs holds your full attention. And that makes it virtually impossible to single any one of them out. But just maybe one could favor Ford’s work on 3:45 Coming Through, the penetrating Background Noise with the glorious play of voices, the brink of pathos in Change in the Circle. And why does Paul Barrere no longer write and sing for Little Feat something like the barn song Missing You for this CD?! The closing title number, Time Still Knocking grabs you by the throat …. Cognac, cigars and the whole shebang.
Americana from California that draws on rock, folk, blues, country and R&B! That's probably the best description for Steve Postell's debut singer-songwriter album "Time Still Knocking." Steve's career moves include titles as singer-songwriter, guitarist, producer and now also as recording artist. Helped out with some big time friends and acquaintances like David Crosby, Jennifer Warnes, John Oates, Robben Ford, Eric Johnson, and many others, "Time Still Knocking" is a timeless effort reminiscent to groups like CSN&Y, Little Feat and The Eagles.
Leading track is the bluesy "3:45 Coming Through", without doubt the most appealing tune on this album for lovers of roots influenced music, but there are plenty of other good tracks in different genres to be found on this album. The funky-blues track "Living In The Mystery", the country influenced "The Tide Will Rise" or the country-rocking "Never Been To Memphis" are all tracks that need to hit the airwaves!
Good folk-rock, leaning a little towards country, reminding one of Neil Young, America, the Eagles, Tom Petty or Bob Dylan. The New Yorker, Steve Postell, actually a studio musician, and until recently singer of the band Little Blue (with 2 released albums that remain trade secrets), has provided us with Time Still Knocking, his 2nd solo album, following last years Until You get Here. the record is really worth a listen, and especially multiple listenings, because only then do you begin to recognize the pearls that are coming from your CD player. But Time Still Knocking is not an album to listen to superficially. Rather its true qualities develop only by the third or forth listen. For friends of American folk, Steve Postell is most definitely warmly recommended.
HOOKED ON MUSIC
As I loaded the CD and the first vocal tones hit my ears, I knew immediately; I know this voice. But from where? During the 3rd song, "Catch The Wind", it became clear to me. I was listening to the ex-front man of Little Blue. The same band that in the 90's released 2 fine albums with Taxim records and Blue Rose. Steve Postell's markedly silken vocals remain unforgettable, and his songwriter qualities have not diminished, rather they have remained on the highest level of the west-coast sound.
Time Still Knocking is an album on which, along with Steve Postell, we hear pretty much what well-known studio musicians listen to — Benmont Tench on the keyboards, Leland Sklar on bass, Robben Ford and Waddy Wachtel on guitar, and, among others, David Crosy, Jenniifer Warnes and John Oates on backing vocals. A really polished album is the result, but it’s also an album with tender moments and songs that make a lasting impression. He wrote most of the songs himself, sometimes along with others, and all of them are good to very good. A beautiful record.
I won’t easily forget Steve Postell’s debut “Until you get there” from 2005. A crystal clear recording, which hasn’t lost any of its power after the passage of four years. Postell’s “Time Still Knocking” radiates this same power, a release that thunders into the living room right from the start with the epic road song “ 3:45 Coming Through.”
Strong yet thoughtful songwriting. It's not your average song crafting, but fairly complicated arrangements - like precise stitching on expensive Italian boots. The perfection extends even to the choice of musicians and to how perfectly they are used within a given composition. It is pure enjoyement to listen to these musicians offerings, to hear the various techniques of the guitarists and above all to listen to the various vocal stylings. Perfect harmonies, and instrumentally a master class. The amassed talent is also reflected stylistically; Americana, rock, roots, singer/songwriter, country-rock … and found throughout are exciting hooks, refrains and melodies. With all the positive attributes of this album, lets not forget to talk about Steve Postell, for he too is vocally blessed and plays 6 beautiful strings
“Time Still Knocking”, reveals from the first listen a rare quality: to be in the past but still able to innovate. This is an album like you haven’t heard in a while, filled with important guests. You can taste a little American music Encyclopedia in its thirteen songs, going from blues to country, from folk to rock, from R&R to Rhythm and Blues. A guitar “orgy”, a vocal mixture that reminds of CS&N, the Hammond and piano which often sustain, in a convincing way, the beautiful melodies written by Steve, who can capture the listener after a few songs thanks to a distinctive vocal quality.
A classy combination of intelligent acoustic and big rock songs. The playing and singing is first rate, but what makes the album worthwhile is Postell, who, to quote his song Never Been To Memphis, "knows he's got soul", and he's right. The CD, TIME STILL KNOCKING, though classy and literate, feels something like a throwback, possibly even a guilty pleasure at times.
THE ASPEN TIMES
Postell is a master of writing songs that hook you with catchy melodies and lyrics and sustain you with their depth.
HOME OF ROCK
Surrounding oneself with such high-caliber musicians creates high expectations, but Steve's been in the business so long, and he knew what he was getting into. The big names aren't just for show. Rather, their presence is due to Steve's songwriting talents and musicianship. After 10 worthy tracks, Steve end s the CD with the song and spoken-word ballad Time Still Knocking: where he tells of the vagabond musician, who is keeping his head above water with Hank Williams songs and coffee shop gigs, who meets a soulful artist who paints his innocence on canvas in her studio... All the while he notices Time knocking, knocking, always there at the door. The perfect ending to a fully-evolved songwriter album which hooks you at first listen, yet lures you back again and again before it begins to give up its secrets to you.
IL POPOLO DEL BLUES
Postell has the ability to understand all American music, ranging from blues to country and up to Rock ’n’ Roll and Rhythm and Blues, all of this maintaining a very high quality both in the writing and in the arranging of the individual songs. Throughout the album we found ourselves wrapped into wonderful guitar phrases, sparkling vocal harmonies, intertwined piano and Hammond lines, everything used to spice up the beautiful melodies composed by Steve, who also skillfully navigates his way around the singing. If you want to take a dive into the past of the West Coast and enjoy some excellent music, this disk will not disappoint you one bit.
JOHN OATES (Hall & Oates)
Steve is a gifted, sensitive songwriter.