“You’re Gonna Have to Miss Me”The Band Steele (Fire River Records)
Single review by Preshias Harris for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show
The Band Steele aren’t letting the current pandemic slow them down, even if they can’t play in public venues and meet and greet their fans. Before the pandemic, they have opened for top country acts including Maren Morris, Hunter Hayes, Lee Brice, Diamond Reo and John Michael Montgomery. Their original song releases such as “Sit Awhile” and “Victory in Jesus” have won them millions of fans. (See The Band Steele by the numbers, below.) Like many artists, they are livestreaming their “Quarantine Sessions” on Sunday evenings via Facebook, but they are also releasing new music.
Just released: “You’re Gonna Have to Miss Me,” the new single from Bo Steele and Ben Rubino, the duo known as the Band Steele, the follow-up to “Copper Coil.”.
It’s a mid-tempo, emotional ballad with the guy telling his girl that he’s leaving his hometown to follow his dream to Nashville and “I’ve left my old songs behind” but he’ll be back someday. It’s a heartfelt song of lovers parting, not knowing what the future holds.
Girl, you don’t believe me when I say it won’t be longThe truth is I don’t know when I’ll be home
This is a country song for sure, but there are pop and southern rock influences here with a strong vocal treatment reminiscent of Darius Rucker without feeling at all derivative. The skilled production puts Bo’s vocals and Ben’s harmonies front and center with a strong guitar-driven instrumental backing.
The Band Steele has been on a rapid rise since the release of their 2017 debut album Moon in a Mason Jar(Fire River Records), four singles to Country radio, including the Top 30 “Waiting on Sunshine,” airplay on Christian radio with “Victory in Jesus” plus five music videos and numerous TV appearances. With a second album in the works (produced by Grammy-nominated Matt McClure) The Band Steele will be keeping their many fans happy meanwhile with “You’re Gonna Have to Miss Me.”
Although this song was written and recorded before the world knew about the current Covid-19 pandemic, there is one line that really seems appropriate right now:
Baby you can put your mask onBut it can’t hide the pain in your eyes
No, it’s not that kind of ‘mask,’ but the song’s message of being apart from those we love might strike a special note with listeners who are feeling the pain of separation.
Music and more info at https://thebandsteele.com/ and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheBandSteele/