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Letters 07-27-2015

Next For Brownfields In regard to your recent piece on brownfield redevelopment in TC, the Randolph Street project appears to be proceeding without receiving its requested $600k in brownfield funding from the county. In response to this, the mayor is quoted as saying that the developer bought the property prior to performing an environmental assessment and had little choice but to now build it...

Defending Our Freedom This is in response to Sally MacFarlane Neal’s recent letter, “War Machines for Family Entertainment.” Wake Up! Make no mistake about it, we are at war! Even though the idiot we have for a president won’t accept the fact because he believes we can negotiate with Iran, etc., ISIS and their like make it very clear they intend to destroy the free world as we know it. If you take notice of the way are constantly destroying their own people, is that living...

What Is Far Left? Columnist Steve Tuttle, who so many lambaste as a liberal, considers Sen. Sanders a far out liberal “nearly invisible from the middle.” Has the middle really shifted that far right? Sanders has opposed endless war and the Patriot Act. Does Mr. Tuttle believe most of our citizens praise our wars and the positive results we have achieved from them? Is supporting endless war or giving up our civil liberties middle of the road...

Parking Corrected Stephen Tuttle commented on parking in the July 13 Northern Express. As Director of the Traverse City Downtown Development Authority, I feel compelled to address a couple key issues. But first, I acknowledge that  there is some consternation about parking downtown. As more people come downtown served by less parking, the pressure on what parking we have increases. Downtown serves a county with a population of 90,000 and plays host to over three million visitors annually...

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Get Your Kicks with Steel Toe

Danielle Horvath - August 12th, 2004
Driving rhythms, strong guitar licks, full harmonies and just the right amount of angst is giving the Traverse City-based band SteelToe a place on the Northern Michigan rock scene. Made up of three guys with strong musical backgrounds, they are stretching the limits of local rock audiences by doing only original songs.
“It’s definitely harder to get bookings,” says Jason Drahosh, the band’s manager. “Most places want rock, blues and cover tunes. But once people hear how much variety and originality these guys have, they’re hooked.”
The band includes Caul Bluhm, 26, of Traverse City, who started playing cello at age eight, and guitar at 14.
“Everyone in our family played something, my mom played fiddle, my dad played banjo, my brothers guitar and drums so it was definitely in our family when I was growing up,” Bluhm says. For Steel Toe, he contributes guitar, cello and vocals Kurt Cobain-style on some of the angrier tunes like “Grind,” a song written by Bluhm, as a social statement against what he calls “deadbeats.”
Originally from Orange County, California, Jerry Graham, 28, also grew up in a musical family and started playing guitar and singing in his teens. With a voice reminiscent of Jim Morrison and a mean lead guitar, Graham meandered across the country for a few years in various bands until landing in Northern Michigan and finding a musical connection in Steel Toe.
Percussionist Pat Huff, 39, is a Detroit native who has played drums since high school and worked as a sound engineer for Motown. He played with many Detroit area musicians including Martha Reeves, David Ruffin, George Clinton and the Parliament/Funkadelics and Bootsie Collins who played with James Brown. Huff also played with and learned from such legendary musicians as the late John Bonhan of Led Zepplin and with technical drummer Bill Bruford, known for his work with the Yes and King Crimson. Huff has been in Traverse City for four years and likes the room the band gives him to express himself.
The diversity of the band shows through when they start with “Leave it Alone” their tribute to Alice in Chains and then switch into “Inner Lights” a Santana-ish tune with a slightly heavier beat and then onto the funky-bluesy “Fire.” All three musicians are songwriters and feel in tune with each other like brothers. In fact, they soon will be as Jerry’s sister is soon marrying Pat. “We’re already family,” Jerry said, “and we just love playing music.
They’ve been together just over a year but have played a variety of places including the Union St. Station, the Outer Limits, the Freshwater Lodge and several private parties.
Locally, you can catch Steel Toe Aug. 13-14 at Sleepy Bear Lounge in Honor and at other fine establishments later this fall.


 
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