New rockers, Steel Toed Slippers recently released their self-titled debut album. The band features Little Feat bassist Kenny Gradney (who also co-produced the album with Grammy winner Johnny Lee Schell) on slide guitar, along with Chris Norton (Zappa Plays Zappa) on keys. They were also featured in the August edition of Relix magazine’s “Artist of the Month.”
The album starts off with the roots, jamband sound of “Fading” as you hear lead singer Will Nicoll put all he has into his vocals. The band gets a little funky with their drum beats and bass grooves on “Lay Step,” before showing their roots with “You’re Caught.” The acoustic-based songs, “Here Comes”and “Keeper” showcase the songwriting talents this duo has at their disposal. The album finishes with the five minute jamming “First Encounter” that you wish would just play on for hours.
Steel Toed Slippers just wrapped up a handful of dates out in California. They will be performing at The Mint in Los Angeles, CA with Year of the Dragon in October. Please visit the band’s website (steeltoedslippers.com) for more information.