"...The playing is top notch as is the songwriting and Steve's warm, evocative lead vocals...For anyone who loves strong melodies (and who doesn't) you won't find a better album this year; similarly if you like an album that is edgy and lyric driven" ... Mike Morrison, American Roots, UK
"...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
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 the bands, The WellDiggers (2008-present) and Fourteen Feet (2001-2008).
Past reviews have compared his work to that of John Prine, Tom Petty, John Hiatt, and Uncle Tupelo, and his “reedy” vocals to those of Brian Henneman (Bottle Rockets). His music ranges in format from folk and blues to full throttle rock 'n roll. Like many of his early influences, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt, Woody Guthrie, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, 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 locally, in and around the New York area with his band, The WellDiggers. The band members are, Don Gabis (bass, vocals), Bob Stander (guitar), Shawn Murray (drums), Lanny Sichel (guitar, vocals), and Steve Kaplan (bass). Some of the more notable musicians and bands that he has either shared a stage, and or recorded with include, Pete Seeger, Graham Parker, Marah, The Silos, Roomful of Blues, Eric "Roscoe" Ambel (Joan Jett, Steve Earle), Rob Arthur (Peter Frampton band), Shawn Murray (Willy Deville), Paul Errico (Steve Forbert), Keith Christopher (Georgia Satellites, Lynrd Skynyrd).