Following Your Dream …
“I feel compelled to write songs about core beliefs that define who we are as people. Love for oneself, one’s family, one’s community and the world at large.” – Steven Graves
In January 2012, he released Matter of Time which placed high on national and international music charts – peaking at #8 on the on Relix Magazine/Jambands.com Music Chart. In November of the same year, he released a six-track EP, Let it Ride, which reached #13 on the Roots Music Chart. By the spring of 2013, his song “Take A Stand” gathered over 10,000 spins on The New Music Weekly Country Music Chart.
In 2011, Steven created a project to raise awareness of Native American spiritual and cultural traditions and also the plight of these communities stricken with severe poverty and other societal problems. He created “The White Buffalo Project” and through the whitebuffaloproject.com website donates 100 percent of the proceeds from his music downloads to grassroots organizations dedicated to helping Native American communities.
He is working with these groups which are dedicated to helping Native American communities. As of early 2013, he has added two original singles to the project, “White Buffalo” and “Lightning Medicine Cloud.” “White Buffalo,” which also appeared on his Matter of Time CD, was nominated for a Native American Music Award – the awards will be held on May 10, 2013.
Steven’s music recently caught the attention of Dennis McNally, a publicist for The Grateful Dead for nearly three decades. McNally has been working for Steven in getting increased radio play and other national publicity. The Steven Graves Band has been playing many venues in Central and Northern California and is gaining new fans wherever they play.
Steven’s music stands as a bold proclamation for what is possible for us all, and Steven’s passionate pursuit of self-expression through music lights the way. “My life has always been about making a positive contribution and difference in this world,” Graves explains. He continues, “Writing and producing my own music became a very natural extension of my other work in areas of political, environmental, and social justice – as well as my own personal spiritual path of self- transformation.”
Steven’s unique and inspiring sound reflects his roots as a Californian, seamlessly blending elements of rock, reggae, country, jazz and blues with his socially conscious lyrical style and content. Steven’s music is influenced by Dylan, Lennon, Marley, The Band, and Neil Young – (who Graves’ voice is eerily reminiscent of.) Graves is inspired as well by many other artists who have infused their music with social and political meaning. The masterful way in which Steven combines the wide breadth of musical styles propels his messages of peace, love and understanding into the hearts and minds of all who listen.
Steven’s explains his creative goal, “I want to make music with danceable rhythms and inspiring lyrics that speak to people at a deep level. Can we create a world without war? Can we live in the present and take life on even when there is fear? ” Steven continues to deliver these themes with humility and grace. Steven currently lives in Aptos, California with his wife and their two children. His band performs regularly throughout the Central and Northern Californian regions.
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|1/23/2013||Michael's On Main|
|3/8/2013||Kuumbwa Jazz Center|
|04/20/2013||Crystal Bay Farm|
|05/06/2013||Be and Be Well House Party|
|05/08/2013||Sierra Hot Springs House Party|
|1/9/2012||The Ugly Mug|
|4/7/2012||House Concert at Be & Be Well Retreat|
|4/19/2012||New Leaf Market in Capitola|
|8/5/2012||The Fremont Festival of the Arts|
|9/21/2012||Coasters Bar & Grill|
|9/28/2012||Kuumbwa Jazz Center|
|9/29/2012||Kuumbwa Jazz Center|
|12/12/2012||Don Quixote's International Music Hall|
|12/30/2012||The Starry Plough Pub|
|7/9/2011||Growing Up Wild Benefit Concert|
|8/14/2011||Garden Concert Series at Elkhorn Slough|
|8/21/2011||Main Street Garden Cafe|
|8/28/2011||Please Stand By Live Radio Show KPIG FM|
|11/7/2011||Ugly Mug Cafe|
|12/31/2011||Corralitos Cultural Center|