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Behind the Songs: The Left-handed, C-flat, Maytag Bass Stove Blues 

This song started with a phone call from an old family friend, Phil Ferrill.  For the record, he was the first person to show me how to play a few chords on a tenor banjo and guitar when I was about 13, I think. “Steve, how are you? I’ve got something I want to give […]

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A Video Christmas Card: Christmas to Me

Christmas to Me Christmas to me, isn’t the lights on the tree The wrappings and the bows A reindeer’s glowing nose. Christmas to me, isn’t so easy to see In endless games and toys For little girls and boys. And no matter where I go All the trappings and the snow It just isn’t merry  […]

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Behind the Songs: Missouri River Kiss

Missouri River Kiss Lyrics & music by John Caravelli and Steve Givens © 2016 Potter’s Mark Music I saw you first time in the Gasconade River, The water up to your thighs, I wished that I could hold you like the water in the river. I wished I was the fire in your eyes. Driving […]

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Behind the Songs: Piece of Land to Call My Own

Live music performance video of “Piece of Land to Call My Own” by John Caravelli from the CD “Well Traveled Road” by Mo Bottom Project. Performed and introduced by John Caravelli & Steve Givens. For more information on this song, along with the lyrics, see below. (REPOSTING of earlier commentary by John Caravelli) “Nothing endures […]

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Behind the Songs: Last of the Old Family Home

Steve Givens and John Caravelli tell the story behind their song, “Last of the Old Family Home,” and perform a live version from Potter’s Mark Studio. For more information about the song or to read the lyrics, visit this older post. Thanks for watching and listening.

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Extraordinary Lives: The Video
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Cruisin’ North St. Louis in the ’70s: Circle By Nine

Here’s a new “old-time” rock ‘n’ roll song and slideshow video by the Mo Bottom Project. “Circle by Nine” is a little celebration of the hot rod cruising culture of the 1960s and 1970s around the Halls Ferry Circle and the communities of Baden, Walnut Park, North Point and Jennings (depending on which road you […]

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Need a little lift? Let’s go for a ride…

Life got you down, bucko? Need something to inject a little fun and excitement into your life? You know as well as I do what you need. So fill up that tank, roll down the windows, turn up the stereo, buckle up tight and take that car out for a nice, long ride. Air it […]

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Down on the Bottom Road He Crosses the Centerline

This poem, by Steve Givens, won an honorable mention in this year’s Jade G. Bute Writing Contest sponsored by Chesterfield Arts. Steve read the poem at the Walter’s Walk concert on May 4 and two days later on May 6 at a special reading at Chesterfield Arts for this year’s winners. This year’s contest was […]

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Set List: Walter’s Walk spring benefit: 5/4/13

The Mo Bottom Project performed on Saturday, May 4, 2013 in support of the work of Walter’s Walk, which provides services to individuals who suffer from mental illness and/or addictions through counseling and education. Based in North County, Walter’s Walk provides these services that are not traditionally covered by health insurance, or for those without […]

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