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Steele and Colfax is a unique rock band based out of Denver, CO. Consisting of four members from different musical backgrounds, S&C has found a sound all their own. Fifties and Sixties rock, southern blues and Motown have influenced the band heavily although each member had never previously dabbled in this particular style.
Though it is a collaborative effort, Steele and Colfax was born in the heart of lead guitarist Tyler Callihan. Raised on the southern style blues and rock of his native Nashville, TN, Callihan moved to Colorado in 2000. After playing in the Colorado music scene for many years, Tyler grew weary of the power-pop-rock music that had brought him success. This led him to the decision to stop pursuing a professional music career. That is, until he heard the voice of Tim Yunker.
From Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, Tim Yunker blends his obsession with various harmonies and A Capella pieces in creating his signature R&B/Soul sound. Tim grew up in a very musical household singing along to folk, jubilee, gospel and Motown. With an extremely wide vocal range, Tim has an unmistakably unique voice. Tyler and Tim started writing songs in 2011 but quickly realized they were lacking a crucial second voice for the sound they were aiming for.
Shelby Britton had been bouncing around the Colorado music scene for ten years before a chance encounter with Tyler Callihan that turned into a lasting friendship. Neither of the two knew at the time of their deep musical connection. After feeling jaded by the band experience, Shelby felt like a solo venture was in his best interest until the persistence of Tyler convinced him to sit down and listen to the concept recordings. Because of his early love of classic soul and Motown, he instantly fell in love with the new project.
Based on the fundamental premise, “Great friends making Great music”, S&C had a hard time finding a drummer that fit both their musical and personality qualities. The trio rented a practice studio to audition drummers using the unused drum set of Tyler’s younger brother, Dalton. Offering to learn the drum parts until the band found a more permanent member, Dalton surprised the band with his competence and work ethic. This earned him a spot as the fourth member.
As a uniquely evolving musical entity, the epitome of Steele and Colfax is best experienced live.