Little Steve and the Disciples of Soul have released “Soulfire Live!”, a 24-track collection that the band describes as “an epic electrifying journey through rock m’ roll history.” The release comes as the band begins a tour to benefit TeachRock, a middle and high school curriculum that brings music into all studies.
A few years ago, when music classes were starting to be aggressively cut in the schools, NafME (the National Association for Music Education, which was called MENC at the time) asked Van Zandt to go to Congress to help fight for the programs. He went, but had little success.
So, he went back to teachers and said although there is not going to be an instrument in every kid’s hands right now, he would create a cross curriculum to teach kids about music. “We can do a history class, a music class , an English class. They endorsed that idea,” Van Zandt said. TeachRock was created.
Now, about a decade later, Van Zandt says he has about 120 lessons available. Lessons include music starting back in the early 20th century. Van Zandt’s Rock and Roll Forever Foundation is currently hosting workshops before each concert to show teachers how to implement music education and TeachRock into their curriculum.
If this sounds good to you, and you would like more information, have your teachers go to TeachRock.org.
In the meantime, check out “Soulfire Live!”. It’s available now at all digital music retailers and streaming services. However, coming soon will be a 3-CD set as well as Blu-ray and vinyl editions. All will have different extras. The release is also an epic journey through rock n’ roll history. Among the album’s highlights are songs like Van Zandt’s “Standing In The Line Of Fire” and “I Don’t Want To Go Home” as well as covers such as The Electric Flag’s “Groovin’ Is Easy” and Etta James’ “Blues Is My Business.”
For tour dates go, to http://www.littlesteven.com/