Two years into his solo career, Los Angeles rocker Steven Roth is focused on spreading his music as widely as possible. After seven weeks on the road, the pianist-singer is playing Friday and Saturday nights at Moody’s Bistro.
“We’re just making our rounds, building the whole fan base one city and one fan at a time,” Roth told Lake Tahoe Action.
Roth released his debut solo album, “Let it in,” in January. He recorded the album in Nashville with studio musicians, as well as some enjoyably outdated equipment.
“We got to work with some really old vintage gear and instruments. A lot of it was recorded to tape,” Roth said.
The album also gave Roth the opportunity to more fully explore his sound.
“It was new in that it was my sort of solo debut,” Roth said. “I was in a band for awhile but I ended up leaving and this is my first solo record. I guess it’s showcasing my style even more so than my old band, and its piano driven, rock ‘n’ roll, soul, funky, Beatley all at the same time.”
Roth left his prior group Redstone Hall in 2011 because of creative differences, he said. He now tours on his own with Jesse Berent (guitar), Neal Daniels (drums) and Federico Orlandini (bass).
The skill of these musicians complements his musical style, Roth said.
“There’s a pretty significant improv element to the live show,” the musician said. “I don’t want to say we’re a full-on jam band, but we definitely open up the tunes. All the guys in the band are really good players, I’m lucky enough to play with some great guys.”
In addition to improvisation, actively engaging the audience is a big part of Roth’s performances.
“Our live shows are very high energy, danceable fun shows,” he said. “We try to get people to escape their day, lose themselves in the dance and the fun. I think we accomplish that most nights.”
This weekend marks Roth’s second trip to Truckee in 2013. He played Moody’s in early February, but said he doesn’t get up to Tahoe as often as he might like.
“It’s a little more off the beaten path, kinda, for a guy that’s from L.As, but Moody’s is a cool spot and Tahoe is really nice, so I think in the next year we’ll probably get there a little more often,” Roth said.
Josh Sweigert, Lake Tahoe Action