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Scarlet Bridge Lay Down the Gauntlet with "Cold Steel Blues"
There are songs about love, songs about loss, songs about partying, songs about pain, political songs, celebratory songs, romantic songs, and songs that live long in the memory after you first hear them. "Cold Steel Blues" by Scarlet Bridge definitely falls into the latter category.
"Cold Steel Blues" sucks you in within the first 30 seconds and has all the elements of a classic rock groove: infectious energy, dirty guitars, a rumbling bass, a relentless and hypnotic beat, standout riffs, soaring solos, catchy chorus, and a vocal performance soaked in whiskey and a lifetime of hard living and morning-after regret. However, it’s the song’s theme and lyrics that take the track into realms not often tackled by rock n’ rollers in the modern age.
“The song is based on a true and tragic story,” reveals its writer, producer, and Scarlet Bridge guitarist Rick Drevet. “It’s about a senseless drive-by shooting of a 15-year-old girl that happened in St. Louis. She was hit by a stray bullet and when I saw that on the news, it struck a chord with me.”
Drevet adds, “An innocent teenager was caught in the crossfire of someone else’s stupid feud and paid for it with her life. As usual in such circumstances, there was no real accountability. Everyone was too busy dodging the blame and saving their own skin that they forget a teenager, who should be having fun, listening to music, partying with her friends, and living her life, can do none of those things anymore because she was taken from us."
Drevet explains, “'Cold Steel Blues' is my small way of honoring her memory and at the same time condemning the cowardly nature of those responsible and those in society who allow them to escape justice. There’s a line in the song that goes, ‘Cold steel blues, evil hands that you excuse,’ that I feel poignantly sums things up.”
Not afraid to tackle the big issues, Drevet and his bandmates are lifelong musicians who also have the chops to back up the lyric. With Ronnie Stoops on guitar, James Stone on vocal, Bill Adams on bass, Jimmy Dellamano on keyboards, and Rick Drevet on guitar, Scarlet Bridge is definitely a band with dynamic and engaging chemistry, where every member brings something different and new to the table.
Having shared the stage with EZO, Enuff Z Nuff, Badlands, Jake E Lee, Dokken, Cinderella, and Sebastian Bach, Drevet has now, after over a staggering 150 auditions, assembled what he feels is the dream team. Vocalist James Stone has an encyclopedic knowledge of music and some extremely catholic tastes. To this day, he refuses to take a shower unless he has some of his fave tunes cranked up to the max to sing a-long to. Guitarist Ronnie Stoops gave his first live performance aged nine and has been obsessed with anything involving six strings and a fret ever since. To this day, he remains perpetually confused as to why kids would pick a smartphone or gaming console over three chords and an amp.
Bassist Bill Adams was converted to the church of rock n' roll the first time he heard an Eddie Van Halen guitar solo. He didn't just want to learn to play. He wanted to understand the mechanics of music and has spent a lifetime immersing himself in music theory and becoming versatile on various instruments. Keyboardist Jimmy Dellamano began studying classical piano at the age of seven. He plays the Pipe Organ every Sunday morning for his local Lutheran Church. But don't let that fool you — he can still rock out with the best of them. As you can see, they're five very distinct and diverse personalities, but their common ground is the Scarlet Bridge.

For a while, they were a cover band, but the chemistry and creativity of the core members led to a splurge of songwriting and a feeling they would be selling themselves short if they didn’t start releasing some original material. "Cold Steel Blues" is a prime example of this.
“A lot of people are curious about the band’s name,” explains Drevet. “We adopted it when we were a cover band and were thinking about changing it when we decided to record our own songs, but Ronnie’s wife Stacey, said, ‘Are you guys kidding? The Bridge is the journey you’ve been on and the Scarlet is the pain!’ That feels kind of fitting and so we stuck with it.”
Judging on the strength of their single "Cold Steel Blues" and the promise of even better to come, Scarlet Bridge is a name that could soon be extremely familiar to rock fans everywhere.

Lyrics

Cold Steel Blues
VERSE
Called It an accident
A grim night in the Lou
Grandbaby on Quincy street
Playing in my view

She learned to ride
To my great pride
She climbed a tree
And Sang for me

CHORUS
Cold Steel Blues
Evil Hands
That you excuse

VERSE
05 a light is born
The yoke is tossed about
Proceed the public scorn
Our honor placed in doubt

Fight of the day
Post the score in public lore

CHORUS
Cold Steel Blues
Evil Hands
That you excuse

VERSE
Swore an oath on evil blood
Avenge the brotherhood
Cost be dammed scales be flat
Angels of the good

Let the steel fly
Care not who will cry

CHORUS
Cold Steel Blues
Evil Hands
That you excuse

Bridge
15 in the dawn of life
Full of dreams
Free from strife

Pa Pa’s pride, My baby girl
Laid to rest
The perfect pearl

GUITAR LEAD

VERSE
15 Days and lost in time
The rose has lost its pedals
Pain and sorrow of this crime
My heart will never settle

The gun is blamed
Outcome still the same

CHORUS
Cold Steel Blues
Evil Hands
That you excuse

VERSE
Wash your hands and tell me lies
Another diamond on your chain
From the one that never cries
Hollow promises again

Chanted slogans Echo out
An angel’s life Used for doubt

CHORUS
Cold Steel Blues
Evil Hands
That you excuse