New Randy Steele CD ben­e­fits home­less women

Chattanooga Times Free Press - ChattanoogaNow - - VOICES - Con­tact Barry Courter at bcourter@times­freep­ or 423-757-6354.

De­spite what some peo­ple think, mu­si­cians are hu­man be­ings. Many of them also have other jobs they do to ac­tu­ally pay the bills. Randy Steele is one such artist. In ad­di­tion to be­ing one of the best banjo/gui­tar play­ers around, he is a fire­man with the Chat­tanooga Fire Depart­ment.

As a cap­tain at En­gine 5 in High­land Park, he has been a part of de­liv­er­ing Christ­mas to the sin­gle women and moth­ers with chil­dren who seek shel­ter at Room in the Inn. The yearly vis­its have pro­vided him with an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the work the shel­ter does for the women who find them­selves sud­denly home­less.

Steele has a new solo CD out called “Songs From the Suck” and as part its re­lease, he is of­fer­ing it for free to peo­ple who want to down­load it in ex­change for mak­ing a do­na­tion to Room in the Inn. He will of­fi­cially re­lease it at a CD re­lease party Nov. 26 at The Hon­est Pint.

Be­tween now and then, you can down­load it from his web­site at randys­teele­mu­

“I’ve worked in High­land Park for 11 years, and for the last 10 of those we’ve taken Santa to Room in the Inn,” he says.

“It’s a re­ally cool and un­der­rep­re­sented non­profit in our area.”

Steele started record­ing the CD in Mus­cle Shoals, Ala., and fin­ished it up here.

Slim Pick­ins and Blues Ham­mer Band also will play dur­ing the re­lease event at The Hon­est Pint. Th e CD is a great mix of what Steele does well, which is p lay , but it also s h ow­cases Barry Courter his vo­cals, which have an au­then­tic­ity and rich­ness that are per­fect for the songs.

› Since it opened f ive years ago, Track 29 has brought some of the best new acts out there, and fans have proven there was a need for such a venue by buy­ing tick­ets. While it has shown that peo­ple here want to see and hear new live mu­sic, we’ve not had a ra­dio sta­tion that would reg­u­larly play the AAA mu­sic these acts play. You can hear it some­times on WUTC or WGOW, a talk ra­dio sta­tion.

WXCT hopes to rem­edy that. The new sta­tion, which is owned by Ba­hakel Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, went live on Mon­day. Known as ALT-93, it can be found on 93.9 FM, 1370 AM and on­line at www.

So what kind of mu­sic am I talk­ing about? Well, while writ­ing this, I heard The De­cem­berists “Why Would I Know,” The Avett Broth­ers’ “Ain’t No Man,” The James Gang’s “Funk 49” fol­lowed by “Mess Around” by Cage the Ele­phant. Be­fore that were tracks by Leon Bridges, Milky Chance, Phan­togram, Oa­sis and Bob Mar­ley & The Wail­ers.

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