With a guitar on his back Bay Area native Steve Pile has traveled the world from Alaska to Austin to Africa, “distilling his own hybrid of blues, rock and melodic African music, all topped off with a little cowboy swagger” (John Beck, Press Democrat). After landing back in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2007 Steve went about assembling the finest musicians he could find; in 2008 the Steve Pile Band was born, featuring Brian Rashap on bass and James Stafford on drums (both former members of Groundation and Stereo Blasters). They have recently added guitarist Marcus Owens to the mix, whose sweet slide licks and juicy rhythm enhance the Pile sound.
His appreciation for American roots music has not kept Steve from looking towards distant horizons. He traveled to Gambia, West Africa in 2008 to record his Kora teacher, Jali Bakary Konteh, using solar panels and a laptop. The kora is a 21-string west African harp that Steve became obsessed with while travelling in Africa. The album, Konteh Kunda, was internationally released in 2010 on Akwaaba Music, and has received glowing reviews.
Steve’s songs have been featured in a number of short films, notably “Crossing” by Riad Galayini, which starred James Morrison (24, Jarhead) and garnered many indie film awards, and “Harvest,” a documentary by John Beck. He also contributed to a short mock-spaghetti western entitled “Enter the Moustache.” Various tours have seen him sharing the stage with the likes of Richard Thompson, Peter Case, Jackie Greene, and even a double bill with Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.
His first album, Overnight, was recorded in Portland, Oregon in 2002. Shortly thereafter, he relocated to Austin, Texas, where he recorded his 2nd album, Home For Right Now, with a host of Austin heavy-weights, including Brad Houser (New Bohemians, Critters Buggin’) and Stephen Doster (Nancy Griffith, Will Sexton) as producer. The album framed his songs with an eclectic Americana sound.
Morphing from the acoustic Americana he nurtured in Austin to a more electric, cross-cultural stew of styles, the Steve Pile Band “represents the full drop of roots music.” The new album, Got it Right, is true to this rootsy ethos. It easily transitions from Tom Petty-styled folk rock to Delta Blues, from African Highlife-tinged ballads to scorching guitar rock. Got it Right maintains a fresh and live sound throughout, united by Pile’s unique songwriting.
Along with his signature 1930′s National steel, acoustic and electric guitars Steve also plays keyboards and Kora (an African harp) on the album. Guests include Henry Nagle on pedal steel guitar and Mike Mayer lap steel, among others. The album was recorded and co-produced by long time Prairie Sun Studios engineer Tim Gennert at Eleven Eleven Studios, tucked away in rural Sonoma County.