Waldorf musician honing his award-winning sound

Sound check

October 25, 1990|By Nestor Aparicio | Nestor Aparicio,Evening Sun Staff

The arena rock sound, made famous by Journey, Kansas and a few other bands with big guitars and male tenor vocalists, seemed to die out a few years ago.

There were no questions asked or answered. Radio stopped playing it and people didn't seem to mind.

But one local musician seems to think that will soon change.

Instrumentalist Jim Steed, who lives in Waldorf, has a new cassette that he has been shopping to industry folks in hopes of getting a record deal.

"It's kind of exciting getting feedback on the music and knowing there's a chance that good things could happen," says Steed, 26, who was impressed by bands like Journey and Boston during his days at Arundel High School.

"Everybody needs to categorize music so they can find it in the right place in the record store," Steed says. "If they want to call it arena rock that's fine -- as long as they enjoy the music."

Steed performed in two local club cover bands in the early 1980s, but quit in 1986 to work on original music.

"At that time no one was doing original stuff in clubs because they couldn't make money doing it," Steed says. "I wanted to hone my skills as a player and a songwriter so I got out of the bands and did my own thing."

First and foremost a guitar player, Steed studied the keyboards so he could expand his sound.

So far his song "Mine Tonight" has helped him garner 19 awards, including first place at the Songwriter's Association of America's Music Fair last year. A few small radio stations have put his music into light rotation but he knows a record deal is the most important thing right now.

"That and putting some live shows together," Steed says. "We're in rehearsal now and we hope to be in some clubs in Baltimore and D.C. by the end of the year."

Steed's 10-song cassette can be ordered for $6 by writing to P.O. Box 1078, Waldorf, Md. 20601.

The concert calendar . . .

Meyerhoff Symphony Hall hosts the "Let the Good Times Roll" oldies show with Ben E. King, Junior Walker and the All-Stars, Danny and the Juniors (Saturday).

Max's On Broadway welcomes Robyn Hitchcock (tonight), Mary's Danish and An Emotional Fish (Sunday), The Soup

Dragons (Monday), Kelly Willis and Radio Ranch (Nov. 1), Lonesome Romeos (Nov. 7), Nils Lofgren (Nov. 8), Jellyfish (Nov. 11), Lowen & Navarro (Nov. 15), Marti Jones and Don Dixon (Nov. 18 and 19) and Buddy Guy (Nov. 29).

Shows at Hammerjacks include Slaughter (Sunday), The Call (Oct. 31), 2 Live Jews (Nov. 2), Sweet F.A. and The Beautiful (Nov. 4), NRBQ (Nov. 10), Tommy Conwell and The Young Rumblers and See No Evil (Nov. 17), Iggy Pop and Alice in Chains (Nov. 20), Face Dancer (Nov. 21) and Mojo Nixon, Dead Milkmen and The Cave Dogs (Nov. 25) .

Coming to Network are Social Distortion (Nov. 4), Cold Sweat (Nov. 8), Child's Play (Nov. 21) and Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer (Nov. 23).

Acts coming to Painters Mills Theater include Danzig (Nov. 3), Phyllis Hyman and Jonathan Butler (Nov. 9), Kathy Mattea (Nov. 15).

The Baltimore Arena's music schedule includes Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard and George Jones (Nov. 10).

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