If you've ever checked out the Easyriders Video Magazine you've seen and heard Steve "Beatnik" Werner. You've dug his antics in comedy segments and his memorable music videos like Red Harley-Davidson, Giant Thing, the Zoo, King of Main Street, Hey Old Friend and the Sturgis Tango. These songs and more are available now for the first time on CD! 16 songs-a full hour of pure biker-folkie heaven!
Whatdafuck is a Biker-folkie? Well, this record is modern accoustic biker folk music. Like if you took Jim Croce, John Hiatt, Townes Van Zandt, and Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Squashed 'em together, stuffed 'em in the toolbag of a chopped '59 rigid panhead bound for Sturgis, rode a thousand miles and let 'em out to sing around a campfire while you and your buddies eat Dinty Moore Beef Stew and pass around some strong red wine in a leather bota bag.
Tons of genuine good-vibe biker attitude, with Steve's excellent bluegrassy guitar-pickin', soulful voice and a wicked sense of humor to boot. It's powerful music about life on the road played with heart and guts.
O.K., here's a Warning/Guarantee from Steve: "This isn't teenybopper music.It's not trendy and you can't dance to it unless you're real drunk. Some of it's got cuss-words in it and crude references to female body parts. It'll never be played on the radio. It is however a must for real bikers, friends of real bikers or parole officers of real bikers. If you're a Hondakawazuki-riding pseudo-biker-poseur-trend-sucking-attorney-type that rides "sometimes on the weekend to the trendy upscale biker hangout in Beverly Hills" then go buy the new Oprah Winfrey new-age-music-to-diet-by record instead. If you ride the tits off your AMERICAN motorcycle and know what a campfire smells like then you know what the hell I'm talking about. Yer my people. you won't be disappointed. Come on in."
SO WHO THE HELL IS STEVE WERNER?
Steve "Beatnik" Werner slithered onto the motorcycle scene in 1990, when he quietly began toiling away in the art department of Easyriders Magazine.
Little did they know they'd just hired a musical monster.
When the Producer of the Easyriders Video Magazine discovered Beatnik's considerable musical talents, He quickly put the goateed one to work writing and singing songs in the ER videos.
Now Steve has taken his fun-lovin' musical message of biker unity to runs and rallies big and small across the U.S. and Europe. Requests for a CD compilation of these songs have finally convinced him to get off his big fat ass and produce this here record, BIKER CAMPFIRE.
(Meanwhile, back at the office, he was drafted into the position of Art Destructor of Biker magazine, the scruffy and scrappy, deranged and oil-drenched sister publication to Easyriders)
SO YA SAY HE PLAYS GUITAR OR SUMTHIN'?
Yep, you bet. Steve's actually a pretty well thought of LA guitar shredder and songwriter with 20 years of nightclub, touring, recording and TV work to his credit. (and maybe two hours sleep in the entire time)
He was the founder of seminal L.A. Roots outfit The Sleepwalkers and has traveled the wide world as Bandleader for some of rockabilly's most cherished old-timers like Glen Glenn, Sonny Burgess, D.J. Fontana, Johnny Legend, Ray Campi, Tony "Wildman" Conn, and Jimmy Angel.
His long and continuing association with expatriot American roots rocker John Whiteleather, (who has recorded classic versions of such Werner-penned songs as Cadillac Attack, Tequila Hangover, Slot-Car Party, Go Rat Go and All Drunked up) has led him to tour Europe many times as a featured guest with Whiteleather's popular Sweden-based touring band.
American Biker folksinger
Check out the artist's website:
1. Strictly American
2. All Drunked Up
3. Color Me Gone
4. Riding Alone
5. Giant Thing
6. Melancholy Tattoo
7. The Zoo
8. Forty-Eight Hours
9. The Rodeo
10. Rock on, Wild Women
11. King of Main Street
13. Red Harley-Davidson
14. Hey Old Friend
15. The Sturgis Tango
16. Biker Campfire