Steve Carey is one of the most talented and highly regarded musical artists the Washington, D.C. area popular music scene has ever produced. As a bassist, songwriter and musical collaborator, Carey has performed with a wide range of local and national musicians in the fields of blues, country, pop and rock and roll.” - Mark Opsasnick, author of Rock The Potomac and Capitol Rock


Bassist / Songwriter

Steve Carey

Welcome to the website of Steve Carey from Greenbelt, Maryland. 

Steve is excited to share his lastest project of original songs recorded and produced with Ray Tilkens at Ambient Recording in Laurel, Maryland.

Steve has been performing in and around the Washington D.C. area for over 50 years. He started out playing at local teen clubs with the Unknown Kind in the 1960's then helped form and played 19 years with the Open Road Band, 10 years with Big Bill and That's Cool and 11 years with the Joy B Band. Steve is currently playing with one of Wash D.C.'s premiere blues bands the Paulverizers.

Steve's new project is called "Living Life like a Song" and is a reflection of the different genres he's played over the years including Rock, Blues, Country and more. 

It was during the early 1990's that Steve began to try his hand at songwriting. One of the first songs he wrote was a blues inspired tune called "Goin' Away Baby" that was first recorded with Big Bill and That's Cool. The current version was recorded with the JoyBBand and released on their 2013 CD "Just Livin" along with his other song on the CD called "Open Road". During the months of November 2014 thru February 2015 "Open Road" reached number one for six weeks on the Root Music Report's Weekly Top 50 Maryland Song Chart and number thirty six on their United States Song Chart.

Steve's upcoming CD "Living Life like a Song" is his first solo effort with the help of many friends. It was recorded, engineered and mastered by veteran guitarist Ray Tilkens. Ray plays on the CD and sings two of the songs that he co-wrote lyrics, "Lost and Found" and "True Love". The song "Promise of Love" was co written with James Stradley (lyrics) and Mark Chopper Land (music). James Stradley also contributed lyrics to "Peace of Mind". The CD has two instrumentals "Flyin' High" and "Sweet Surrender". Steve's song "Emily's Eyes" is dedicated to his Grandmother, who became blind about the time he was born. He wrote "Emily's Eyes" about her loving spirit and determination to not let her blindness defeat her.

Stay tuned for the cd release date of "Living Life like a Song" and in meantime enjoy the songs on this site.  

*cd update - delayed by the pandemic Steve is heading back into the studio to finish a couple more songs with plans for a 2022 release date.


"Living Life like a Song"

Produced by Steve Carey and Ray Tilkens.

Living Life like a Song is Steve's first solo album of original songs inspired by a musical and spiritual journey of over 50 years. These songs came together with the help of some talented musicians who are also great friends of his. Featured throughout the album is guitarist/producer Ray Tilkens and also contributing are guitarist Mark Chopper Land, singer-songwriter James Stradley, drummers DJ Plaskin and Chip Clemmer.  

For more about the musicians and to listen with the lyrics click the INFO tab.