Redstone Hall's Steven Roth Going Solo

06/01/2012
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Redstone Hall's Steven Roth is going solo with the release of his debut full length album, Let It In, this fall. MSO sent over these details:

After enjoying some success with the pop rock band Redstone Hall, Roth decided to give-a-go at launching a solo music career. A creative pilgrimage to Nashville guided by renowned producer Dave Cobb [Secret Sisters, Shooter Jennings] and Grammy Award-nominated mixer Leslie Chew resulted in Let It In which infuses classy savoir faire into vibrant rock.

Roth is excited to bring the new music to the masses and will launch an 11-date West Coast tour, kicking off June 20 in Las Vegas, NV. Roth and his 4-piece band will also make stops in Portland, OR, Salt Lake City, UT, Seattle, WA and more before wrapping up in San Luis Obispo, CA on July 3.

With roots in the classics and an eye on innovation, ROTH's sound can best be described as a refreshing flavor of pop-rock soul, filled with melody, mood, energy, and honesty. ROTH's musical approach is entirely organic, and it's this sense of purity that sets him apart.

This mash of honest and original movement can be heard throughout, but on the standout "Last Song," a tune with vintage overtones but a modern singalong vibe, the blend is impeccable: drums build alongside a sunny guitar riff and ROTH's resounding piano, but it's his confessional-style vocal that takes center stage. He sings with the soul and passion of a 'down on his luck' blues crooner. His chops are soothing and tender, though the frontman will occasionally unleash his inner angry McCartney, belting out a throaty rock growl to rev your juices. The vocal shift is fitting, especially since the song, which ROTH explains is "about a relationship that went on longer than it should have," reflects an outpouring of emotions.

As quickly as he shape-shifts from swooner to snake, Roth traverses genre, incorporating seemingly everything he's learned and loved about music. It's this uncanny ability to blend sounds and styles that makes each song entirely unique. There's rock and there's blues, and then, there's a little funk and a lot of soul, like on the elegantly infectious "Make You Love Me." (Onstage, Roth is known to spike his set with covers like Jimi Hendrix' "Crosstown Traffic" and Robert Palmer's "Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley," among others.)

As for the title track, "Let It In" is a poetic and pensive tale of longing rapt in country honesty. Peppered with pedal steel, Roth even invokes that down-home-south and rather clearly defined country love lyrical, admitting the song "is about that push and pull you experience when you're interested in someone."

Roth's life is music through and through. He built his own recording studio in his Southern California home, where he produces and writes daily. When he's not writing at home, he's writing alongside his guitar hero friends and customers at Westwood Music, a mom and pop guitar shop in West Los Angeles that ROTH co-owns.

Check out a sampling of what's to come on LET IT IN here:.


Wed 6/20 Artifice Las Vegas, NV
Thu 6/21 Hog Wallow Salt Lake City, UT
Fri 6/22 The Spur Park City, UT
Sat 6/23 Silver Moon Brewing Co Bend, OR
Sun 6/24 Silver Moon Brewing Co Bend, OR
Tue 6/26 Buffalo Gap Portland, OR
Fri 6/29 Cafe Racer Seattle, WA
Sat 6/30 Alberta St. Pub Portland, OR
Sun 7/1 The DownLo Chico, CA
Mon 7/2 Audie's Olympic Fresno, CA
Tue 7/3 Frog and Peach San Luis Obispo, CA

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