“In the 25 years that Alan West has been in this industry there have been many highs and of course some lows. It is fair to say however, that throughout this time he has remained true to his belief and love for the music he plays. He has an uncanny knack of finding great songs to perform/record, and his attention to detail in the studio and on the stage ultimately enables those songs and their performers to shine. Blessed with a voice that has moved people the world over, he also possesses a rock solid belief that, talent aside, simplicity and soul are the essential ingredients in all that he does. I could write a list here of his achievements, the awards, the people he has worked with but that’s not who Alan is. In my humble opinion he has nothing to prove. He believes in the organic, the gentle unfolding of like minds and people who can do things he can’t and do them well. It may have taken 25 years but the point has been reached where along with others he can use his vast talent and skills in this new, exciting and progressive project that is NEO Music.” Steve Black
The bond between Alan and Steve Black is growing deeper as the years roll on. Gigging more and more together has enhanced each other’s performance and writing and more importantly their genuine understanding of each other’s skills and weaknesses. They have developed a number of regular gigs where they have built a relationship with the ever increasing number of folk who come to watch. These folk include many musicians and one in particular has become a part of the “Neo Music” stable. Adam Sweet is an extraordinary talent and Alan leapt at the opportunity to record and produce an album for him. Adam had already “adopted” one of Steve’s songs in his live set and it didn’t take long for them to team up and co-write 7 songs for recording. The album “Small Town Thinking” has received critical acclaim again proving Alan’s persistence for excellence has paid off!
Appearing at the 02 London Country2Country festival two years running has helped to put Alan’s music before a new and mainly younger audience and in recent times has played a part in leading Alan and Steve on to performing at more intimate venues to listening audiences all over the UK.
The organic way works for the both of them. Having slowly cultivated a relationship with Bob Harris he finally invited Alan to do an interview and live session for his Radio 2 show. The interview itself proved to be an open, honest and thought provoking insight into the world of a British Country Music artiste and created an amazing reaction from a huge number of people.
Bringing things bang up to date, Alan’s new album “All Things For a Reason” is already getting high praise from the industry. It is his best work to date! Singing songs he believes in, songs with stories and emotions, images and truths is where he’s at home….and that’s Alan for you…open, honest and devoted to his music. His name has always been synonymous with quality and originality and his continued pursuit of excellence would appear to ensure nothing is about to change any time soon.
Alan West & Steve Black
Alan West, for many years, has been regarded as having one of the greatest voices to come out of the UK. His emotional, yet informative way of singing a story, has moved many an audience all over the world, and it isn’t by accident that Alan’s CDs and indeed his newly formed live band feature a host of great musicians of the genre.
Steve’s background lies in theatre, television and radio although he has performed over 5000 live gigs all over the world. He has written for many top comedians and has had numerous plays and rock musicals performed all around the UK including London. Steve’s last CD received a lot of airplay and his latest offering “All the best” is set to follow the same pattern. He is becoming one of the UK’s leading songwriters and his style fits perfectly with Alan’s unique way of singing and the combination is very potent.
Alan’s collaboration with Steve Black began about 12 years ago when they were both performing in separate duos and would occasionally “fill in” for one another. Alan instantly acknowledged the potential in Steve’s writing ability and included some of his songs in the live set.
Around 2005, they found themselves pursuing solo careers and decided it would be “ no bad thing” to get together and “see what happens”……..
What happened is this. The bond between them has grown deeper as the years have rolled on. Gigging more and more together has enhanced each other’s performance and writing and more importantly their genuine understanding of each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
They have developed a number of regular gigs in and around their home towns in East Devon and have have built a unique and very strong relationship with the ever increasing number of folk who come to watch.
Appearing at the 02 London Country2Country festival two years running has helped to put their music before new audiences. This has played a huge part in Alan and Steve increasingly embarking on their “adventures” and performing at more and more intimate venues to listening audiences all over the UK and Europe.
Alan’s new album “All Things For a Reason” is already getting high praise from the industry and Steve is currently writing a new album. More importantly though they are still having an inordinate amount of fun together and continue to play 200 plus gigs a year.
Midwinterfest, the brainchild of Alan and fully backed by Steve, has been and will continue to be a working example of what they believe in…a platform for genuine British talent to be seen and heard by an audience that want to listen to original Country music. Midwinterfest Xtra is an organic add on! Writers sit with Steve for 2/3 days and see what they can come up with and then perform the new songs acoustically to a hungry audience at the end of session! Each collaboration so far has been a success! Proof, if it were needed, that Alan and Steve quietly yet strongly believe in the future of British Country music.
So there you have it……Alan West & Steve Black…..Open, honest and devoted to their music. Their names have always been synonymous with quality and originality and their continued pursuit of excellence would appear to ensure nothing is about to change any time soon.