Southpaw Steel'n'Twang is a power trio which concentrates mostly on instrumental music; focus is often on pedal and lap steel guitars but electric guitar also has much to say.
Ville "Lefty" Leppänen takes care of the aforementioned instruments - and also sings a bit - while JP Mönkkönen (bass) and Tero Mikkonen (drums) lay the foundations for Lefty's guitar circus- and of course play solos now and then! The band’s 2014 debut album “Hale’s Pleasure Railway” collected very positive reviews in international media; Lefty penned all compositions to the album. Second album "Stat(u)e of Mind", released November, 2015 includes also compositions by Tero and Jp. Album was mostly recorded in St.Louis. A digital single Bedtime Bomber was released March 2017.
Southpaw Steel'n'Twang combines different styles and grooves, being one of those very few bands using pedal and lap steel guitars besides the more convential electric guitar in contexts other than country music. Some of their compositions are quite ambitious, the band stands out from the average roots based groups. Rootsy it is, main composer Ville "Lefty" Leppänen having stuck his left foot deeply in American music, but in a fresh way!SST loves to show how various roots styles, progressive music and rock flavours mesh together beautifully!