"...Love the record, man. will definitely be in my best releases for 2017!!!"...Colin Fielding on 3INR (96.5 inner fm).
"...The 10 Welner original songs are reminiscent of John Hiatt during his musically fertile period of, "Riding with the King", "Bring the Family", Stolen Moments", and "Perfectly Good Guitar"... Francois, Rootsville SWA
"...thanks Steve. I like the song, the video and the musical company that you keep"...Danny McCloskey, The Alternate Root
"...Steve has often been praised for his excellent songwriting and this album certainly doesn't let him down in that (or any other) respect with his vocals painting incredibly evocative pictures and his lyrics telling the poetic stories; some very very dark"...Mike Morrison American Roots UK
"...Steve Welner's slightly reedy voclas, similar to Brian Henneman's vocal work with the Bottle Rockets works well with both the barnstorming electric tracks as well as the more sensitive country songs"...Jeff Weiss, Miles of Music
"...Welner's chords resonate with warmth and power and recreate a youthful Tom Petty while the band resounds with old time meet Son Volt"...Doc Blues
Steve Welner is a New York based singer-songwriter/guitarist steeped in Americana music, and whose writing portrays themes related to the down-trodden, the vanishing landscape, the evils of corporate greed, political corruption, and hypocrisy in general. Close listening reveals the subtle black humor and unexpected plot twists. It is easy to focus on the hooks and riffs, and completely miss the punch lines. He is best known for his work with his bands, The WellDiggers (2008-present) and Fourteen Feet (1999-2008).
Past reviews have compared his work to that of John Prine,Tom Petty, John Hiatt, Uncle Tupelo, and Bottle Rockets. His music ranges in format from folk and blues to full throttle rock 'n roll. Like many of his influences, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Woody Guthrie, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Alejandro Escoveda, and bands such as the Little Feat, The Band, The Ramones, and the Grateful Dead, his musical offerings come from a wide Americana palette.
His latest album,“Sweet Simple Life” (2017), highlights the roots genres that authentically flow from him; folk, rock, and country blues, all within the framework of imaginative tales and narratives. Mike Morrison, in his American Roots UK review of the album wrote, ...”Sweet Simple Life” is an album that any lover of roots music with strong country leanings will need in their collection, and one that will be pushing towards the upper echelons of my albums of the year in a few months time!”
Steve began playing the guitar and writing songs at an early age. He first picked up a guitar when he was about five years old and began writing songs for his first band at the age of twelve. Since 2001, Steve has released 5 albums, 4 of which were titled under the band names, The WellDiggers and Fourteen Feet. He has received much praise for his songwriting, and all of the albums were given excellent reviews. The WellDiggers/"Hope and Fear" (2012) was selected as one of the top 10 albums of the year by, American Roots UK's, Mike Morrison and by, Folk 'n Roots 31NR (96.5) DJ, Colin Fielding. Fourteen Feet/ "Stole Away, the Billy Sessions" (2008), was the number one selling album for 12 weeks on the popular Americana distribution site, Miles of Music, and stayed on their top 10 list for nearly a year. Steve was nominated to the Austin, Texas based Freeform American Roots (FAR) charts as one of the top 5 songwriters of 2008 for the album.
Steve mostly performs with his band, The WellDiggers. The band members are, Bob Stander (lead guitar), Steve Kaplan (bass), and Shawn Murray (drums). He also performs with, The WellDiggers "acoustic revue" which focuses more on playing cover songs on acoustic instruments. Along with Steve the "acoustic revue" features Don Gabis (bass, guitar) and Lanny Sichel (guitar). Other musicians that sit in with either of the bands include Al Speed (keyboards), Jeff Goldstein (bass), Mike Leuci (drums), and Paul Errico (keyboards, accordion). Some of the notable musicians and bands that Steve has either shared a stage, and or recorded with include, The Blasters, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (Steve Earle, Joan Jett, Del Lords), Keith Christopher (Georgia Satellites, Lynrd Skynrd), Roomful of Blues, Shawn Murray (Mink Deville), Paul Errico (Steve Forbert), Pete Seeger, Graham Parker, Marah, The Silos, and Rob Arthur (Peter Frampton).