The songs of Steve Almaas, the voice of Ali Smith, along with luminaries such as producer Chris Maxwell, have come together to create the second Steve Almaas & Ali Smith album, You Showed Me.
Voices blend in harmony, a steel guitar answers a musical question, the slide guitar comments, while bass, drums and rhythm guitar lock in tight. Devotion, but no surrender... This is music that makes love and war.
Minneapolis born and bred, Steve Almaas began his musical career as one-third of the seminal punk rock band, The Suicide Commandos. Upon arriving in New York City, he became part of the thriving post-punk scene that included The dB's, The Bush Tetras and The New York Rocker. His next musical venture was an exploration of the sources of the music he loved: Beat Rodeo was an acclaimed amalgam of country, punk, soul and rock and roll. These elements continue to fuel the music he makes today.
New York native, Ali Smith is a respected author, photographer and graphic artist. Her first book, Laws Of The Bandit Queens, was published in 2001. Ali's musical roots lie in the delta blues drenched punk of former band Speedball Baby and the sweet, demented, lullabies of the Oubliettes. These days she can often be found lending her vocal talents to artists such as Marcellus Hall and Shonali Bhowmik.
Together, Steve Almaas and Ali Smith take a shared love of harmony and songcraft and put their personal stamp on modern American music.