“All my friends are dead”. –A Dinosaur …..but real rock-n-roll lives on. Led by songwriter Rob Eldridge, Steelesque blends the styles of the Vermont country-side with the blue-collar raunch of Pittsburgh’s steel city “shot and a beer” bar scene. Steelesque is equal parts British Blues and latter-day jam band blending the sound and style of Exile on Main Street-era Stones or The Band, with adventurous passages echoing Phish or Wilco. . The songs stand on their own and have been crafted carefully to lure the listener into the imagery zone. Eric Drake handles lead guitar duty and Jerry Courtney on bass both delivering solid backing vocals. Ronnie Castellucci has the band some boogie with his percussive ideas and energy. Bruce Virtue locks it down on drums with Sam Balidigowski lending mandolin duties to the group. At their best, the 6 piece Steelesque delivers the swagger of bands from days gone by while echoing their influences in a way that is all their own.
Steelesque started as an idea to bring all artists in the Pittsburgh, PA area together to share ideas. The idea was conceived by Rob Eldridge. An eventual musical experience reared its head and still continues to peek into various genres of sound.
Steelesque started out as two piece recording project with Eldridge calling upon Josh Egan to join the fold. Together they wrote, recorded and produced “Johnny On The Spot”. Egan brought his ferocious drumming style to the party and added some tasty backing vocals. The EP received solid reviews and air-play on Pittsburgh’s biggest radio stations.
Eldridge-Egan continue to conspire against the norm and create outliers along the song spectrum. Their current project, coined The Ripwrong Boys, featuring their monikers – Chauncey Keenan and Billy Dee Ripwrong will feature acoustic americana styles with advant-garde lyrics.
Eldridge was growing restless and wanted to get Steelesque on stage and test drive some old material he had lying around. After a couple months of jam sessions and auditions a solid group of players emerged. By the end of January, a full set of raunchy blues fueled tracks were ready to take to the stage. The plan was to secure recurring relationships with Pittsburgh-based concert promoters and club owners and nail down some supporting slots for national touring bands. So far, so good.
The core band, as of now, consists of Rob Eldridge – guitars and vocals, Jerry Courtney-bass, Bruce Virtue -drums, Ronnie Castelluci -percussion, Sam Baldigowski -mandolin and Eric Drake on lead-guitar. Steelesque is always looking to change the sound template has added a ripping horn section to some live shows. Horn section is Kevin Maurer-Trombone & Will Guess-Trumpet
Rob Eldridge– has supported the following National Acts: Jayhawks, Government Mule, Warren Haynes, members of Phish, Big Country, The Fixx, Blue Rodeo, Edgar Winter, Aimee Mann, Tea Leaf Green, Tumbleweed Wanderers, Big Wreck, Uncle Green, Indigenous, Raging Slab, Animal Bag, God Street Wine, Moonboot Lover.
Steelesque Frontman- Rob Eldridge
Production and Mixing-Engineering Projects:
> completed new live Steelesque EP “The Basement Tapes Volume 1”. Available on Bandcamp.
> Mixed and Mastered music for the short film, “Coal Keeps The Lights On”, by Galaxy 454.
> Writer & Photographer for Pittsburgh Music Magazine
>Original Music Score for Zaritsas: Russian Women In New York a 2010 documentary film written and directed by Russian-born American filmmaker Elena Beloff. The film was co-produced by American actor Vincent D’Onofrio
>Exchanged production and engineering ideas with Dave Fridmann (Mercury Rev, Flaming Lips, Delgados, Mogwai, Janes Addiction, MGMT) in pre-production stage.
>Produces all music for Joe’s Wildside Adventures.
>Produced and Wrote Music for The Mental Caddie.
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Sam Baldigowski – Mandolin
Eric Drake- Lead Guitar – Vocals
Jerry Courtney – Bass – Vocals
Ronnie Castellucci – Percussion – Noise Makers
Bruce Virtue – Drums
Contributing Live Performers:
Kevin Maurer – Trombone
After receiving his Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Slippery Rock University, He began a teaching career in 2009. He currently teaches instrumental music for a school district in the South Hills of Pittsburgh. Kevin teaches middle school instrumental lessons and ensembles, high school jazz ensemble, and high school marching band . Kevin also teaches private trombone lessons and enjoys collaborating with various Pittsburgh musicians on brass, rock, ska, and jazz projects.
Will Guess – Trumpet
Rob Eldridge & Josh Egan (below)
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