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Big News: Two New Albums, October Tour with Jonas Hellborg

August 24th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Right, It’s shaping up to be a very active autumn and winter in Steve-World. The new album I’ve been working on for a while has turned into two new albums! I recorded about 3 hours of new music for it, intending to put out one album of it. Having asked producer/promoter/manager/music maven Sue Edwards to help sequence the album, she came up with a beautifully coherent record, that only had two tracks overlapping with my shortlist of eight for my version… So we’ll release both. The second album took some rejigging to tell the right story, but it’s there, and I love them both.

The titles are A Crack Where The Light Gets In and The Way Home. You’ll recognise The Way Home, as the title track was released as a single last week. listen to/download it here:

News Part Two is VERY exciting – in October, I have three live dates with one of my favourite bassists in the world, Jonas Hellborg. Jonas’ music has been a constant source of inspiration throughout my solo career, both as a solo bassist and a collaborative improviser looking to stretch the role of the bass guitar beyond the expected confines. We’ve been friends for years, but this’ll be the first time we’ve played shows together.

The dates are:

Sunday Oct 4th: Birmingham, Tower Of Song (ticket link)
Monday Oct 5th: London, The Vortex
Tuesday Oct 6th: Leeds, Left Bank (ticket link)

Here’s the press bit: 

Two of the world’s leading solo bass guitarists together on one stage.

Crossing musical boundaries and blowing listeners’ minds for over 30 years, Jonas Hellborg is one of the great innovators of the bass guitar. From the pyrotechnic flamboyance of his early solo electric albums, to his unique exploration of the richness and depth of the acoustic bass guitar, Jonas has changed the way people think about – and play – the bass.

Whether as a solo artist, or collaborating with many of the most respected names in music, from John McLaughlin to PiL, Ginger Baker to Shawn Lane, Jonas’ signature sound and uncompromising creative philosophy have produced an unparalleled body of work, mostly on his own Bardo label. Lauded by press and public alike, this is a rare opportunity to hear Jonas up close in the UK.

Steve Lawson is one of the most celebrated solo bassists in British music history – early in his career, he opened for Level 42 on their first Greatest Hits comeback tour, placing his unique take on melodic looping-based live performance in front of tens of thousands of bass aficionados. 15 years of regular gigging across the UK, Europe and the US solidified his place as a leading exponent of solo bass. Steve’s sound-world borrows liberally from electronica, jazz, pop, rock, ambient and experimental music, to form a sonic fingerprint as compelling as it is unique.

Following on from two years of wide-ranging collaboration, playing alongside musicians as diverse as Reeves Gabrels and Beardyman, Andy Gangadeen and Divinity, Steve is back with a fresh exploration of what the bass can be in the 21st Century.  With the imminent release of his 12th and 13th all-solo albums (on the same day!) Steve is set to push the notion of what the bass guitar can be in 21st Century further still.

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Gigs Update – London Bass Guitar Show, Moffat Bass Bash, #TORYCORE…

February 28th, 2015 · Comments Off on Gigs Update – London Bass Guitar Show, Moffat Bass Bash, #TORYCORE…

Right, if you’re the kind of person who keeps tabs on my gigs page, you’ll have seen a bit of an update happen… Here’s the next few:

March 7th, 10:30am – London Bass Guitar Show. Aguilar and MXR/Dunlop present… me! Pedals/effects/processing masterclass at this most wonderful of london events – details on the LBGS site. Line-up also features Divinity, Doug Wimbish and Jah Wobble… lots of greatness going on 🙂

March 15th – the Moffat Bass Bash! Yay, Scotland! I don’t get to play up there anywhere nearly enough. It’s 10am-4pm, with me as special guest. All the deets are at

April 10/11th – #TORYCORE is back. Two nights of the words of our evil overlords in the appropriately evil setting of some tortuous avant-metal. We’re at Battersea Arts Centre in London, and all the details are on their website.

More gigs coming very soon…

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A Month of Sundays (3 Gigs in Birmingham)

August 3rd, 2014 · Comments Off on A Month of Sundays (3 Gigs in Birmingham)

Following on from last week’s lovely gig with Julie Slick and Andy Edwards, I’ve got TWO more Sunday night gigs at Tower Of Song in Birmingham coming up:

August 10th : Jem Godfrey, Steve Lawson, Andy Edwards – Jem’s band is Frost* (which Andy used to be in), he’s also played keyboards with Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. If that wasn’t enough, he’s an Ivor Novello award winning songwriter, writing massive hits for Shane Ward, Atomic Kitten, Holly Vallance… He’s very, very good at whatever area of music he turns his hand to, so expect amazingness. [Ticket Link] -0- [Facebook link]

August 17th : Lobelia’s Lazy Sundays presents Briana Corrigan + Steve Lawson – Briana was the original vocalist in the Beautiful South, sang on all the early hits. Since then, she’s released two wonderful solo albums, written and performed in plays and a one woman show called ‘Mum’s The Word’. She’s properly brilliant, and I’m VERY excited to see what we come up with together… the plan is to write/arrange/rehearse/plan a show in 3 days. There’ll definitely be songs, music, maybe some spoken word stuff, story-telling, poetry… who knows. It’s going to be lovely, and you need to be there. [Ticket Link] -0- [Facebook Link]

So, two in a row. Very different, but equally magical, I promise.

And if you’re wondering what you missed last Sunday, here’s some lovely video of the opening 12 minutes of the show (it’s shot in HD so choose the 1080p option and watch it full-screen!) :

See? Loveliness. 🙂

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Gig with Julie Slick in Birmingham, April 6th + New Video!

March 24th, 2014 · 1 Comment

OK, two v exciting bits of news!

First, my next Birmingham gig is with one of the most remarkable trios I’ve ever been a part of – Julie Slick, me and Andy Edwards.


Julie, for those who’ve been hiding for the last 8 years, has been blowing people’s minds all over the world as part of the Adrian Belew Power Trio SINCE SHE WAS A TEENAGER. Seriously. Now still in Adrian’s band, and also in the 6-headed-behemoth that is the Crimson ProjeKct, she gets to swap bass duties with Tony Levin every night. Also a remarkable solo artist, her two solo albums feature her brilliant compositions, bass work and production alongside guests such as Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, David Torn, Marco Minneman, Pat Mastelotto… A cast of geniuses, with her at the top of the bill. She’s that good. Listen:

Andy Edwards is something of a drum legend – from Robert Plant’s band, he went on to play with many of the UK’s top prog bands: Frost*, IQ, Magenta, and is greatly in demand as a clinician.

I’ve played in duos with both of them, and am excited to see what alchemy takes place with this new band. It’ll be amazing. I promise. here’s the ticket link if you missed it above.

Exciting news part 2!

it’s not often that I get to announce a new video that’s already reached 10,000 views. In fact, it’s never. Until now. this was filmed at the Frankfurt Musikmesse, by Gregor Fris of, who asked me to ‘just play’. No looping, no processing, just bass. However I wanted for as long as I wanted. This is what came out. It sounds and looks lovely, I think. The internet seems to agree. Please do share it around if you dig it:

I’ll write more about the making of the video later… but for now, go buy gig tickets! 🙂

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Gig at The London Bass Guitar Show, On The Cover Of Bass Guitar Magazine!

February 12th, 2014 · 1 Comment

Exciting News! I’m playing at the London Bass Guitar Show on March 2nd.

Want proof? OK, all the mainstage artists are pictured on the cover of this month’s Bass Guitar Magazine, with me right in the middle. Oh yes. Good times, eh?

I’ll be on at 11:15am on Sunday 2nd March, though I may actually be on a little earlier than that in the masterclass room, talking to one of my heroes and friends, Leland Sklar… the two sessions overlap, so we’ll have to see how the planning works out!  [Read more →]

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A Gig. On My Birthday. And You’re Invited!

December 2nd, 2013 · Comments Off on A Gig. On My Birthday. And You’re Invited!

Right, here’s something I’ve never done before – a solo gig on my birthday.

That’s December 28th, for those that don’t know.

The gig will be at Tower Of Song, my favourite venue in the Birmingham area.

The ticket price is ‘pay what you can afford’, and if you buy tickets in advance, [ click here to buy tickets ] there’s a lovely new exclusive download track of a thing I recorded living in London a couple of weeks ago, opening for Yolanda Charles. You’ll get that, whatever you pay, but if you pay over £10, you’ll also get a download copy of my NEXT solo album, called ‘What The Mind Thinks, The Heart Transmits’ – it won’t be out til next year, but you can have a copy now. It’s a single 45 minute track, and is very lovely indeed. I promise. So you may want to buy that even if you can’t be there… 🙂

But Wait! There’s MORE!

The gig will also feature the debut of my excellent new duo with drum-legend Andy Edwards. Andy and I recently got together to record some promo stuff for a new Tama drumkit. None of it was what you’d call ‘songs’ – no beginnings/middles/endings, just fun jams to show off the kit, but they’ll give you an idea of where we’re heading 🙂

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[POSTPONED] Streaming-only gig with Julie Slick Next Monday!

November 13th, 2013 · 3 Comments


Right, this is going to be all kinds of fun. Julie Slick is on her way to play a festival in Sweden and is stopping off on the way to hang out with Lo and I for a couple of days. Which means that she and I get the chance to do a show together… but it’ll be a show with a difference. It’ll be streaming-only. No live audience at all.

We’ll do it from my studio, and will no doubt record it all too. It’ll be at 8pm on Monday 18th November 2013, and the particular platform we’re going to use has yet to be decided (nothing like last minute planning, eh?)

But it’ll happen, and it will be lovely. Julie’s one of my favourite bassists on the planet – if you don’t already have her two solo albums, you really need to hear/buy/share them over at

We did a gig together in January 2012, in Hollywood, a really lovely house concert hosted by some wonderful friends of mine. We’re really looking forward to doing it again.

More specific details ASAP 🙂

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UK Tour with Yolanda Charles starts This Sunday!

November 6th, 2013 · Comments Off on UK Tour with Yolanda Charles starts This Sunday!

After the fabulous reception to our show together in Birmingham earlier in the year, I’m SO pleased to be going out on tour next week with Yolanda Charles.


Best known for her bass playing with Paul Weller and Robbie Williams – amongst a massive list of session credits! – Yolanda is also arguably the finest funk bassist in the country, and fronts her own funk/soul/jazz band The Deep MO.

For this tour, she’s teaming up in a duo with one of my favourite drummers, Nicolas Viccaro, from Paris, and we’ll be playing a series of shows together, that will no doubt also feature some bass/bass/drums fun too! The dates are:

November 2013:

  • Sunday 10th, 7.30pm – Birmingham – Tower Of Song [tickets – map – Facebook]
  • Monday 11th, 7pm – Stourbridge – Moochers [tickets – map – Facebook]
  • Thurs 14th, 6.30pm – Axminster – Axe Valley College [map – tix (£5/£3 under 18s) from 01297 32146]

(Friday 15th Yo and Nico are in Bristol, and I’ve got a gig with Alvin Stardust in Kent!!)

the London show will be a FULL Deep MO band set.

If you buy advance tickets for the Birmingham or Stourbridge shows, you’ll get a freecopy of Yolanda’s Deep MO EP on CD, on the night. More info here.

I’m so looking forward to this tour. I’m hoping it’ll be the first of many opportunities to get out and play in line-ups like this. I hope Yo and I can do lots more together. So please do come out and hear some lovely music, tell your friends. Your help spreading the word(especially at this late notice!) Is SO important. Text some friends, get a car-load together and come out for a night of bassy magic.

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This Coming Sunday! Birmingham Bass Night!

March 12th, 2013 · Comments Off on This Coming Sunday! Birmingham Bass Night!

flyer for birmingham bass nightBirmingham Bass Night is now LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY! You’re excited right? I know I am. It’s the first event like this that I’ve done since coming to Birmingham, and I’m REALLY excited to be playing alongside two properly excellent musicians – Lorenzo Feliciati from Italy, and Birmingham’s own Russ Sargeant. Both fabulous musicians who happen to play bass…

…By which I mean it’s clearly going to be a basstastic evening, but you won’t have to be a bassist to have an amazing time! This isn’t an evening of tuneless bass wankery. It’s a gig, with excellent music, that on this occasion is made by people who play bass. Life is far too short for bad music. So there won’t be any on my watch.

Gig details:

Here’s the Facebook event link. Go see what people are saying about it over there. Lots of people are looking forward to this gig. It’s going to be epic. Then… TELL YOUR FRIENDS!

Anyway, here are some artist bios, in case you don’t know much about us:

Lorenzo Feliciati – one of Italy’s most respected bass innovators, Lorenzo Feliciati’s combination of electric jazz with progressive rock and electronica elements, coupled to his amazing dextrous skill on the instrument, make for a compelling and exciting music-world.
Receiving his initial impetus to play bass from seeing Jaco Pastorius with Weather Report, Lorenzo added Mick Karn, Pino and Percy Jones to his list of fretless-inspirations and forged a celebrated career as both a side-man and a band-leader in his home country, and further abroad.
His latest project, Naked Truth, featuring King Crimson drummer Pat Mastelotto, brings together his twin loves of jazz and progressive music, and has been critically acclaimed worldwide.

Steve Lawson – it true that there aren’t too many musicians who’ve managed to forge an international music career as solo bass guitarists. But in the last 13 years Steve Lawson has toured the world, produced 20 albums (10 solo, 10 in collaboration), been featured in numerous magazines and newspapers, played most of the major bass events, had radio airplay on four continents, and built a reputation as one of the respected bass teachers and ‘new music economy’ thinkers around. His approach to looping and layering his bass in real time builds complex and beautiful soundscapes that sound very little like a bass at all. Has to be seen (and heard) to be believed. ‘Steve Lawson is a brilliant musician. I’ve known about him and listened to him for many years. He may not be one of the most famous bassists but he is definitely one of the most talented’ – Victor Wooten

Russ Sargeant – Russ Sargeant is a bass player and multi-instrumentalist based near Birmingham. He uses live looping and effects to create beautiful layered music – sound upon sound; sometimes with multiple instruments but mostly only using electric and acoustic basses. His music is a blend of Ambient, Jazz and eclectic sounds and has been described as, “subtle layers of sound that emerge gracefully like cinematic soundtracks”.


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NAMM, Shows, and Fun Times in California

January 10th, 2012 · Comments Off on NAMM, Shows, and Fun Times in California

After a two year absence, I’m heading out to California for the NAMM show in just a week’s time. I’m really looking forward to catching up with the many friends I’ve made at the show over the years. In amongst the schmoozing and nonsense, a great number of remarkable music-loving people come together at NAMM and I always relish the chance to catch up on everyone’s news and make plans for the next year!

I’ve managed to fill up my schedule pretty well, so here’s what’s happening so far:

  • Thurs 19th – AltBass. at El Torito in Anaheim – the whole bill is Steve Lawson, Chris Tarry, Steuart Liebig, Darren Michaels, Tom Shad – music starts at 7pm.
  • Friday 20th JanBassUp! at Viento y Agua Coffee House – also on the bill Steuart Liebig, Edo Castro, Stew McKinsey, Christopher “C3” Cardone, Brittany Frompovich, Zen Beer, John Ady, Rod Taylor, and Darren Michaels!
  • Saturday 21st – AltBass Pt 2, at El Torito in Anaheim again – the bill this time is Steve Lawson, Julie Slick, Gustav Fjelstrom & Tom Shad.
  • Sunday 22nd – House Concert in Sherman Oaks, CA – message me if you want to come. There may be limited spaces… the amazing Julie Slick will be guesting with me 🙂  $10 suggested donation…
  • Monday 23rd – house concert in Newport Beach california – along with a lot of other people TBC.
  • Tuesday 24th – at The All American Melodrama Theater in Long Beach, CA, with the wonderful acoustic guitarist Muriel Anderson. – tickets $15.
  • Thursday 26th – House Concert, Bayview, San Francisco. – See the facebook event page for details. (with Daniel Berkman on Kora!)
  • Friday 27th – House Concert, West Oakland – see the facebook event page for details. (with Daniel Berkman and Lattanand)
  • Saturday 28th – house concert in San Jose with Michael Manring – message me for details. $20 donation…
  • Sunday 29th  – Northridge Music Center, Citrus Heights (Sacramento), CA – hybrid concert/masterclass, focussed on looping. $20.

More details will be added here as and when – if you need info on any of them, please message me via email, facebook or twitter and I’ll hopefully see you or the friends you send my way a a show! 🙂

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