Steve has released a compilation of the best tracks off these three albums, and Best Of The Decade is a worthy title and damn fine album. Besides the older hits like ‘Waiting For The Dawn’, Diamonds And Dust’, ‘Slow Dancing’, ‘One Cut With A Knife’, ‘Run To Me’, ‘Wasted’, and ‘Strange Room’, there are two new tracks – ‘Destiny’ and ‘Skin Deep’. Slow dancing features Don Laka on piano and the collaboration is simply out of this world.
Described by Steve as a “Black & Blue rock album”, this record carries a character of it’s own, moving through layers of laid back blues rock through to more upbeat contemporary and folky storytellers.
Steve in studio recording Beyond the Blue with (from left) Blondie Chaplin, Kevin Shirley, Steve, Keith Lentin, Adam Holzman, Pat Thrall and Anton Fig.
Late in 2002 Steve (left) began to put together a new band for a series of benefit shows at Kirstenbosch. Willem Moller (pictured right) was called back as lead guitarist and Schalk Joubert, ex-member of the Afrikaans rock band Valiant Swart, came in on bass. Peter Cohen, who’d played with 90′s bands like Bright Blue and Mango Groove and who currently plays in Freshly Ground, joined on drums and Simon Orange from The Blues Broers came in on piano and organ. It was this band that began to tour South Africa 2003 through 2008, with concerts at many of the national music festivals and live venues.
The warm, earthy-sounding album, Trancas Canyon was produced by long-time collaborator Kevin “The Caveman” Shirley who has succeeded in placing Louw’s personal songs in the context of fine rock ‘n’ roll