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 the 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.
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 6 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 typically performs with his band, The WellDiggers or The WellDiggers "acoustic revue". The band members vary but include, Bob Stander (lead guitar), Don Gabis (bass, guitar) Steve Kaplan (bass), Shawn Murray (drums), Lanny Sichel (guitar) and Mike Leuci (drums). Other musicians that may sit in with either of the configurations include Al Speed (keyboards), Jeff Goldstein (bass), Danny Dimaina (guitar), Russ Seeger (guitar, fiddle), and Paul Errico (keyboards, accordion). Some of the notable musicians and bands that Steve has either shared a stage and or recorded with include, Pete Seeger, 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), Rob Arthur (Peter Frampton), Graham Parker, Marah, and The Silos..