More than anyone else, Steven Collins has been the person who actually made this album possible. Although Capt. Salamander wrote some unusual words, they would have never have been heard by more than a few people and even not appreciated among those few people because the folk tunes could not bridge the gap to become songs that get inside your head. When James Baker began recording with Steven, he had no idea that he had a history of already having been a successful singer-songwriter and band leader. James thought that he was just working with a sound engineer who played an increasingly surprising number of instruments with an unusual skill, always seeming to “get it right” on the first take. “If I had known who I was working with, I would have been too intimidated to share my amateur work,” said Baker. "Steven is so easy to work with, so patient, and now I know, so humble, that he was like my guru. He showed me what these songs could be, even with the limited amount of time that we had to record these songs. If there is anyone who has some demo material that they would like to turn into real songs, I would strongly encourage you to contact Steven at Troubadour Studios. If you have a dream of making real music, he can make your dreams come true.”
Steven Collins has been writing and performing songs for over 20 years. Performing and recording under his band's name "DEADMAN", He has toured all over the United States, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia and Europe.
He has enjoyed critical success with DEADMAN , with the LP "Take Up Your Mat and Walk" holding the number one slot two months in a row on The Euro-Americana Chart in 2011. 2012 saw DEADMAN tour constantly in Scandinavia and Germany topping off their touring season with paying official tribute to Levon Helm and The Band in playing a special set of The Band songs with Band original member and musical director: Garth Hudson at Sweden's Peace and Love Festival, one of the biggest music festivals in Europe.
The most recent offering from Deadman, The Sound and the Fury, sees the maturation of Collin's songwriting skills to rival some of his influences such as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, but with a touch of hope that comes from his Christian faith.
Collins' songs have a wide range of sounds and style with some being folky ballads (Oh, Delilah!) and others being stadium rockers (When The Music's Not Forgotten, The Sound and the Fury ). But though the style may vary, the message remains the same in that Collins' songs deal with bigger themes of hope and redemption and the greater human experience.
More info on Steven Collins and DEADMAN may be found at:www.deadmanonline.com
Information on Collins' production and recording facility, The Troubadour Studio, may be found at:www.troubadourimage-sound.com