Randy Steele is back with experimental new track 'Mabbitt Springs'
Renegade bluegrass artist Randy Steele is back again, with new experimental roots single ‘Mabbitt Springs’, off his upcoming EP ‘Moccasin Bender’.
The Tennessee based artist first debuted in 2017, where his album, ‘Songs From The Suck’, was nominated for Bluegrass Album of the Year at the 16th Independent Music Awards.
Randy Steele layers a traditional soundtrack of banjo and fiddle, with more contemporary sounds— like the drums— that give the track a distinctly Americana feel. Steele then adds in elements of slide guitar, lacing the music with a hint of blues. True to the experimentation that is signature to Randy Steele’s musical style, ‘Mabbitt Springs’ builds upon a firm groundwork of traditional bluegrass, yet unravels its edges so as to mix in with other genres.
Yet the singer’s most compelling aspect remains the stories he creates within the music. He uses his words like another instrument, almost as if the music is a soundtrack for the characters within his songs. Indeed his new single, ‘Mabbitt Springs’, depicts the story of a father making a deal with God at the springs, to spare his sick son’s life if he buys up the land. And much like the instrumental solos within a traditional bluegrass medley, Randy Steele tones his music, even his voice, to be secondary to the storytelling; pausing only once to give a soloed riff to the slide guitar.
Randy Steele has opened for artists like Steep Canyon Rangers, IIIrd Time Out, and The Infamous Stringdusters, making him one to watch as he experiments with bluegrass’s traditional sound. Catch his single ‘Mabbitt Springs’ off his upcoming EP ‘Moccasin Bender’, as he continues to paint the edges of bluegrass with a completely new medley of sound.
July 21, 2018 1:56am by The Famous Company