Stephen Charles Cecil

Stephen Charles Cecil

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Blues - Modern | Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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Steven Charles Cecil | "Señor Llaves and the Mexican Muse"
"Señor Llaves and the Mexican Muse" is the third release by indie songwriter Steven Charles
Cecil. Steven has spent much of his music career as a keyboardist backing blues artists such
as Bobby Parker (San Francisco Blues Fest 1993, Estafette Blues Festival 2001, Montreux Jazz
Festival 2004, Chicago Blues Festival 2010), Little Jimmy King (Portland Waterfront Blues Festival
1995), and Sherman Robertson (King Biscuit Festival 1997).
"Señor Llaves and the Mexican Muse" is a Roots Music Musical that chronicles Señor's quest
for his elusive muse Sweet Adelita. The inspiration for the project traces back to 2009, over
a bottle of wine with Houston based musician "Bella Adela" Calbillo Justice (Her father Carlos
Calbillo is known for KPRC's documentary about Freddy Fender). While schooling Steven on
songwriter Townes Van Zandt, Bella said "Steven singing isn't one of your strong points. You
should write a musical and find some singers". Thus began a journey of musical discovery for
Steven. Much of the project was tracked with east coast guitarist Tony Fazio and Los Angeles
session drummer Daniel Stone, but in 2010 the project got a boost in upstate New York. Victor
Deyglio, a respected New York City recording engineer from the 80s and 90s, and female rocker
Lex Grey helped create tracks 4 and 10.
Then Vaughan Mason (known for his 80s R&B hits on the Brunswick label) produced tracks 6
and 18 for Steven out of his project studio in Baltimore. One of the more bitter sweet soulful
tracks, "Empty Whiskey Bottles", was recorded in a New Orleans style shotgun house in the
Independent Heights Neighborhood of Houston blocks away from historic Burgess Hall. "Empty
Whiskey Bottles" features the drum and guitar work of Blues Artist Albert Storo as well as Los
Angeles based songwriter/guitarist Ronnie Edwards.
By late 2011 most of the tracks had been recorded but the CD still had not quite come together.
Enter poet/songwriter T. T. Tucker (co-founder of the Apathy Press). The remaining tracks were
recorded in Tucker's Baltimore Row House, with Tucker's narrations bringing the project together.
Finally, Jim Fox (an engineer known for his work with Junior Marvin, Israel Vibration, and
Soldier of Jah's Army) brought the project to completion.
In scope, "Señor Llaves and the Mexican Muse", is a sampling of American Music that includes
Blues, Rock and Soul, Americana, Roots Rock, and Folk. It tells the story of a man on his quest
for his musical muse and chronicles his discoveries along the way.


"Stephen Charles Cecil's crisp, fluid keyboard chops and his energetic bluesy funky songwriting make my big toe shoot up in my boot every time!" - Bella Adela, famed Houston blues bassist

Baltimore based songwriter and keyboard player Steven Charles Cecil has produced a set of competent,.....songs, which veer in a blues/soul direction with strong Tamala influences discernible here and there....

John Hinshelwood
Americana UK

Steven Charles Cecil from Baltimore . After "Towing The Heart", his debut in 2003
and the excellent "Marking Time" last year, he is back with his new "The Be-Bop Sessions"..... the crisp blues "Dark Days" brings, this time with Steven Charles on sax, suddenly taking the CD to a higher level

Rootstime, Belgium

(Albert Storo Self Release):
Albert Storo & the Soul Hustlers appreciate the difference between rocking up the blues and playing rock music.....Storo and his crew apply Houston mojo to the electric blues standards ..."Chicken Heads", spiced with organ and clavinet by Steve Cecil....more than 14 munutes is too much....

Tom Hyslop, Blues Revue


"Carlos Santana Blues Summit at Montreaux 2004" 3 DVD set. Steven appears on DVD #1 perfoming with Bobby Parker.
Eagle Eye Media, (2006)

"Barely Alive in Baltimore" TT Tucker and the Bum Rush Band. Bird House Studios, INC (2006)

"Towing the Heart"
Bird House Studios, INC (2004)

"Marking Time" Smiling Pig Records, 2007

"Gettin' Down and Nasty" Albert Storo and the Soul Hustlers, self-release, 2007

"The Bebop Sessions" Smiling Pig Records, 2008

"True Stories in the Naked City", T.T. Tucker and the Bumrush Band, Smiling Pig Records, 2010

"Senor Llaves and the Mexican Muse"
Smiling Pig Records, 2012

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Annapolis, MD 21403