Making A New World is Just a Matter Of Time
American roots-based singer-songwriter Steven Graves first professional full-length release was in 2010. It was aptly entitled, Make a New World. That first album title foretold much of what has unfolded in the last 11 years in Steven’s life and artistic career. His music and worldview are always grounded in assessing who we are and how we can make for a better world for ourselves and each other. As his first few album names divulged, Making a New World is but a Matter of Time for Steven Graves. Graves describes his musical journey as, “A spiritual path of self-discovery founded with authenticity and purpose.” Steven’s songs revolve around a depth of spiritual and social consciousness that truly makes him unique as a singer-songwriter.
How Long, Steven’s 8th CD leans more heavily toward the roots rock realms and even explores a new side with elements of gospel, soul How Long R&B. Even so, there’s plenty of Americana, Country and Jam/Dead influences present throughout the CD and like all of Steven’s music, it is woven together by finely crafted songwriting and extraordinary musicianship by Steven’s touring band and special guests. How Long couldn’t be any more perfectly timed given the current state of our world, music, and culture. The music connects the listener with a “collective consciousness” and desire for a more peaceful world all the while laying down undeniable and “impossible not to like” deep pocket grooves!
As a songwriter, Steven has been prolific, releasing a total of eight CDs including his new CD How Long released in October 2018. Like his 2017 release Captain Soul, How Long has been played on nearly 250 stations worldwide, placing well in a wide range of genre music charts. Let It Ride, released in 2013, peaked at number 13 on the Roots Music Chart. Take a Stand, from that record, approached the Top Ten on the New Music Weekly Country Music Chart, gathering over 28,000 spins on country music radio. Steven’s Matter of Time CD climbed as high as number eight on the Relix Magazine and Jambands.com music charts. In addition to these accomplishments, his song “White Buffalo,” from the Matter of Time CD, was nominated for a Native American Music Award (NAMA) in 2012.
One of Steven’s biggest fans and advocates is Dennis McNally, who has worked with the Grateful Dead for more than thirty years. With McNally’s help, the band has an ever-growing presence in the Grateful Dead and Jamband.com circles. The band has been touring several states throughout the West Coast over the last six years playing festivals and local venues building an impressive fan base.
Steven Graves is much more than a musician; he is an artist, an activist, and a visionary; a truly authentic individual who is willing to live, love and experience life in alignment with his vision of a more peaceful world. Steven feels there exists a parallel reality can replace the current one once a critical mass of people awakens to understand what is possible in their lives. For Steven Graves, Making a New World is just a Matter of Time.