The Warm Auction Preview

The Covid19 pandemic wasn’t all that bad in how it nourished a song writing phase. At some point you have to decide what you’re going to do with the isolatory time you are afforded. I split time between fitness, reading and songwriting. Life changes always bring decisions to your doorstep. Songwriting is never explicit for me. The words always have to travel through a lense of censorship for a few reasons not worth getting into. Understanding who you are, through months of self reflection, can be discussed with people in your “circle” (which gets smaller as we age) or it can simply be written. The Warm Auction was an idea that easily became productive. The songs and ideas came fast. The concept of the TWA was a play on words that created the template for the songs. I wanted to create a warm production sound in my own studio using classic recording techniques and vintage instruments (auction purchased). My only departure was with the drum programming using Logic X Drummer. A modernized tool for sure. You can change the drummer’s playing style by choosing different presets, tweaking the generated pattern using various settings, or having Drummer regions follow the rhythm of another track in the project.


release date: December 23, 2020 on all streaming platforms.

Robby Eldridge– (all words & music)- guitar, bass, programming, keys, banjo, percussion, all vocals
Sam Baldigowski- pedal steel, lapsteel, mandolin
Shawn Mazzei – lead guitar, slide guitar

Mastered by Dan Bozek


Loving Well

Hey, how many times, can I drink from the same watering hole?

Well I guess it’s been- close to a hundred days in a row

Ain’t no doubt that it tastes good – at least the way that it should

Well my feet are so sore yea- they done gone through hell

There’s a worn path, back and forth, from your loving well

The way I see it- it seems so clear- when you walk so far

but you seem so near- when your heart belongs to a complex kid-

it’s hard to remember what you did- and our souls won the war-

Yes they done gone through hell- they’re walking hand in hand-

Back and forth- from your loving well-there’s a worn path – back and forth

From your loving well…

Turn it up some heart yea- roll it down to the well yea (repeat)

Darkness, Learn To See

Some sidestep the mourning-never open the door- they just keep walking

Right past it- there’s no healing by looking in it’s eyes-

Or kneeling at the feet- that broke you- my only disguise came from-

Standing in the darkness- with a match in one hand-

and a candle in the other- well I chose the darkness-

it’s where I learned to see- where my mind can be-

A little more like me


and I never feared the alone- still a king but I -lack a throne

A place to call my home – and turn my key

So I took the pass- I walked down the road- it was paved-

With so much meaning-well I dragged my feet-

that were filled with indecision- I was behind- all the living

And I found the race to be long-it was filled with some forgiving

And company with the living-well I chose the darkness-

it’s where I learned to see- where my mind can be-

A little more like me-


Sit In Irons

Behind the eyes- lives the yearning – while the house burns away

Don’t ask why- be discerning- how far can you walk in a day?

Inject some meaning-kick aside that strife- the momentum

Will show the way- so keep on – keeping on- is all they seem to say


The say (repeat)

Soon enough-you’ll turn the corner- find calm water- you sail to prove

Sit in irons- take some time to think- go on liberty- and have a few

Rest your head up- like another hangover- a cool glass of water

Is what you do- so make the most – of your chance- change your colors

Replace the blue-


The blue (repeat)

Coming In Real Thin

The dreams come alive- in my bed- you’re trying to make sense of it all

Just taking in your environment – and you feel left out from the riddle that you told- and there you stand- try to deal with all the banishment- because nothing went as planned


So you’re coming in real thin- yes you’re coming in real thin-

I spent a little time- in my head- trying to make sense of it all

Before I send along my sentiments

I got myself in the middle of the road- with outstretched hands-if you’re coming around looking for punishment- you know these aren’t the right hands.


“Steelesque Keeps It Loose”

Steelesque’s Song Swan Goes The Distance by Elisabetta Croce

Song Swan, the latest release from Pittsburgh-based Steelesque, is equal parts homage and experiment. The 4 track EP is exemplary of the band’s unparalleled genre-melding ability, one which finds strength in heavy hooks, unexpected transitions, and immense sonic range. While influence is alive and well in Song Swan, the sound is anything but derivative. Frontman and songwriter Rob Eldridge is no stranger to pushing the envelope. The EP is the band’s third release following 2017 album Toro Toro and 2012 debut EP Johnny On the Spot. Eldridge sings and plays guitar and Wurlitzer with Eric Drake on lead guitar, Jerry Courtney on bass guitar, Ron Castelluci on percussion, Bruce Virtue on drums, and Sam Baldigowski on pedal steel and lap steel. Song Swan seamlessly blends elements of jam band funk, indie blues, and rowdy rock and roll for a distinct, sensational sound.

On the opening track, “Waive It,” Steelesque keeps it loose and liquored up with bouncy guitar riffs, heavy with distortion. Eldridge’s hoarse, smoky vocals add a rough and tumble vibe to the track’s otherwise jam band style twang. Keeping it low with a kind of with-me-or-against-me raunch, he sings, “I know it may seem a little rude now—I ain’t the boy that likes to wait.” Bluesy interludes dissolve into heavy guitar solos as backup vocals enter in for the song’s refrain, “waive it.” 

The assuredness of “Waive It” drum rolls into uncertainty with “Horses Trampled.” An indie-rock drum beat overlaid with cymbal rolls suddenly breaks into a gallop: a staccato cowbell paired with a muffled riff. As Eldridge sings, “Horses, they trampled inside my head / I can’t let go of the things that you say”, subtle synth enters, imposing an uneasy, psychedelic quality on the lyrics and adding a little of Q Lazzarus’s “Goodbye Horses” to “Horses Trampled.” The early transitions foreshadow the paranoia-fueled fusion of classic rock and slight moments of synth-rock. Uptempo guitar riffs punctuated with exclamations of “woo!”, “come on, run!”, “run baby!”, give the track a fierce, unbridled quality. The last minute abandons earlier uncertainty in favor of a big-bodied guitar solo with tight, squeaky riffs and a few eerie bends that fade out stampede-like. “Trampled Horses” is an example of sonic reckoning at its finest. 

“Gunslinger” is a true last stand, opening up in a cascade of tinkling chimes, hazy and mirage-like. Wailing guitar chords trail off as the listener is dropped into a jam session where Eldridge enters with smoky, conversational vocals. The badass lady sharpshooter anthem is a tribute to American frontierswoman Calamity Jane: “Woah she’s a gunslinger / not afraid of anything.” The track opens up as Drake’s (lead guitar) slower, melodic bends give way to yet another unmatched, homage-paying, uptempo guitar solo. The last two minutes of the EP demonstrate not only the band’s raw talent, but also their faithfulness to old school rock and roll. Steelesque reminds that experimentation is the product of a vast array of cross-genre influence; the result is a sonically surprising EP that doesn’t hold back. Song Swan is ultimately a testament to Eldridge’s ability to evoke a kind of auditory synesthesia by way of an original, electrifying, sensational sound. Steelesque has carved out their place in the Pittsburgh music scene, opening for heavy hitters like The Sheepdogs, Cracker, White Denim, Edgar Winter, The Fixx, and Big Country. Song Swan furthers the band’s already expansive catalog of Americana summer anthems that you’ll certainly want to hear live (whenever that may be). 


Steelesque To Release New EP July 1st!

Steelesque is very excited to drop their 3rd EP, SongSwan. SongSwan was engineered by Dan Novak, at Aardvark Studio, in Steubenville, OH. The band recorded 7 songs live in the studio environment. We decided on 4 songs that would make the record.
The EP will go live July 1st on all major streaming services (Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Pandora, YouTube, Tik Tok, etc)

Musicians Wanted For Recording Project

Any musicians into a songwriting project? Recording capabilities readily available. It’s called “The Warm Auction”. Currently myself (guitar, bass, some keys, banjo and vocals) and Sam Baldigowski (mando, pedal steel). We have some demos for review. All musicians interested please message me or Sam.

My Facebook Robby Eldge (Eldridge)

Sam Baldigowski


Excited for the New Steelesque EP

I’m excited to announce that Steelesque will be releasing our 3rd record this summer. The EP will feature 4 of 7 tracks recorded over the past two years in Aardvark Studios, in Steubenville, Ohio. We’d like to thank Dan Bozek for sharing his engineering craft and production ideas. Circle back occasionally for more news related to our new EP “SongSwan”.

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The Almanac Story

South Fayette educator and coach has the music in him

Rob Eldridge is more than a teacher and soccer coach

“I’m absolutely a goal-oriented person, whether it’s developing a strong soccer program that is competing for WPIAL or state titles or leading a group of musicians in creating art and producing a finished product that we can be proud of,” said Eldridge.

I have a strong competitive spirit and sometimes that needs to be calmed,” he added. “I do that by reading, songwriting and through my music. For me, it’s the yin and yang of life. It works well together.”

Throughout his life, Eldridge weaved sports and music together successfully. A Vermont native, he started skiing at age 5. He began playing soccer at 7 and evolved into an All-American while excelling on the Johnson State College team that competed in the national championships. While earning his masters degree in education, Eldridge helped coach the James Madison University men’s soccer team.

At that Harrisonburg, Va., school, he met his wife, Kim. When she took the lacrosse coaching gig at Duquesne University, the Eldridge family moved to Pittsburgh, where Rob took the assistant coaching job with the Dukes men’s soccer squad in 1996.

In addition, he joined the Beadling Soccer Club as a head coach, directing teams to multiple state championships and one regional title. Between 2002-07, he served as Peters Township head coach, guiding the Indians to three section banners, one WPIAL championship and two district runner-up titles.

Since 2007, he has been at South Fayette, claiming several COTY laurels in consistently guiding the Lions to the district and state playoffs. The Lions won a WPIAL title in 2015.

Music has been with Eldridge every step of the way. Raised in a “classical formal tradition” as maternal grandparents, Elizabeth and Herbet Kenyon, were a concert pianist and opera singer, respectively, Eldridge taught himself how to play various instruments, including piano, bass and electric guitar, which he plays on stage. “Never took formal lessons,” he said.

Eldridge said he started playing because he had written songs – he has more than 100 published pieces – so he decided to learn the instruments to “be in a position to write better what I wanted to sing.”

While his mother, Roxy, is a classical vocalist, his father, Bob, introduced him to the sound he prefers and performs.

“He exposed me to all the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s music,” Eldridge said. “I caught the rock ’n’ roll bug from him. He’s an artist, painter and illustrator. He designed the cover for the release.”

“Toro Toro” features six songs written by Eldridge. The CD was recorded by Mike Ofca from Innovation Studio in Steubenville and Eldridge at his in-home studio, dubbed Sonic Planet Studios.

Eldridge is the lead vocalist. He plays guitar, keys and banjo. His next-door-neighbor, Sam Baldigowski, excels on the mandolin and lap steel. Ron Castelluci (percussion and noise makers), Jerry Courtney (bass guitar and backing vocals), Eric Drake (lead guitar and back vocals) and Bruce Virtue (drums) complete the band, which Eldridge started three years ago in Pittsburgh.

“We’ve had a couple of different lineups but it’s mostly made up of professionals and buddies, all accomplished musicians. I know they were auditioning me as much as I was auditioning them,” Eldridge said of the players, most of whom hail from Weirton, W.Va.

Featuring a blend of genres, Eldridge described the CD as rock ’n’ roll with blues elements. The six-piece ensemble delivers the swagger of bands from days gone by while echoing its own influences. If it has a sound similar to British blues and the Rolling Stones, there is good reason: Mick Jagger and the boys are Eldridge’s favorite.

“I only wish I could perform like Mick,” he laughed. “Usually I have a guitar around my shoulder, so I am unable to move around the way he does.”

During his youth, Eldridge moved around a bit. He started with The Warehouse Band playing music from a range of bands like the Hollies, Stones, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Led Zeppelin, The Cult and Tom Petty. He moved on to the Voodoo Dolls, which included one member that currently plays bass for the “Jersey Boys” production in Las Vegas. The Voodoo Dolls covered more redent bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Jane’s Addiction and supported national acts like Gov’t Mule, the Jayhawks, Blue Rodeo and Edgar Winter. One of his biggest groups was the Spring Heeled Jacks.

Eldridge’s experiences have included encounters with Mick Taylor, who replaced founder Brian Jones in the Rolling Stones after he mysteriously drowned, along with Bob Dylan, Frankie Vallie and Gov’t Mule frontman Warren Haynes, who also played with the Allman Brothers and Phil Lesh and Friends.

“I met a lot of awesome musicians,” said Eldridge, “and it’s been wonderful but not my real desire.”

As he aged, Eldridge said his goals changed. While he has released a solo record on vinyl that can be heard on Pandora and Spotify, written background music for independent films and documentaries, and provided soundtracks for a local outdoor adventure show produced by Joe Rossi of Peters Township, Eldridge’s main focus is his family.

He is a father to three sons. His eldest, Ray, plays football. Heading into his senior season, he already has 15 Division I scholarship offers.

“He’s a self-made kid, good student, hard worker,” said Eldridge. “He did all the right things and followed Joe Rossi’s ground rules, and that had a big payoff.”

Eldridge’s two other boys – Gavin, a sophomore, and Chad, a freshman – have followed in their father’s footsteps and play soccer.

“I have been driven by raising my sons,” Eldridge said.

Through his music, he is driven to expose others to the art of writing songs and performing. Eldridge says that there are other things he wants to do but sharing is foremost on his list. While he’s excited about his CD release and calls it a “celebration and culmination” of the process, he is “pushing” for newer endeavors.

“I have an opportunity to help other artists,” he said. “You know, it only takes one song.”

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Thank You Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Soccer success is music to Rob Eldridge’s ears
Lake Fong/Post-Gazette

The basement of Rob Eldridge’s McDonald home provides a fascinating window into two very different worlds in which he excels.

At the center hangs a gigantic TV, perfect for playing video games and watching sports. Nearby there’s a weight bench and workout area. Go left or right, and you’ll see either Eldridge’s home recording studio or his collection of albums and vintage sound equipment, both impressive.

Real life or metaphorically speaking, sports and music are never terribly far apart for Eldridge.

“It’s important to have that balance in my life,” said Eldridge, who has been the South Fayette boys soccer coach since 2007 and a professional musician for much of his adult life. “I’m sort of a restless person. I need to be doing things.”

Among WPIAL coaches, Eldridge, 48, likely holds the distinction of also being the only one who has produced a collection of songs that you can purchase on iTunes.

Eldridge’s band, Steelesque, released “Toro Toro” on June 23. Eldridge not only wrote everything on the six-song EP, but he plays guitar, piano and banjo and sings.

The yin and yang of music and sports is downright essential for Eldridge, a Vermont native who’s as energetic as he is creative.

“Music, teaching and coaching are all important to me,” said Eldridge, who teaches health and physical education at South Fayette High School. “To have them work together is a good homeostasis spot for me; it levels me out.”

Eldridge was exposed to music early in life. His grandfather was an opera singer, and his grandmother would often accompany him on piano. Meanwhile, his father, Bob, was big into rock ‘n roll and got his son hooked on the Vietnam-era greats.

The younger Eldridge took trombone lessons in school, but it never stuck — too boring for a rambunctious, sports-obsessed young boy.

So Eldridge spent the bulk of his time playing sports and did so all the way through college, where he played soccer at Johnson State College in Vermont.

In his early 20s, Eldridge began writing songs and taught himself guitar as a way to extract the melodies from his head and put them to his words.

“They were trapped,” Eldridge said. “Teaching myself how to play guitar freed them.”

Eldridge spent time in a few bands but soured on the music scene. He eventually went back to school to get his master’s in education and started coaching at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

That’s where Rob met his wife of 20 years, Kim, who was hired to start the women’s lacrosse program at Duquesne University in 1996, bringing the Eldridges to Pittsburgh.

Do something ‘Steelesque’

Steelesque formed about three years ago through a group of Eldridge’s friends who are all creative — musicians, filmmakers and actors.

“When we get together, we talk about what we want to do in terms of what we create,” Eldridge said. “We said it would be nice to do something that was ‘Steelesque,’ meaning it came from our city.”

It’s essentially a talent-sharing service for the group.

“If a filmmaker needs music for his project, I can provide it,” Eldridge said. “If I want video representation of my music, they can provide it.”

This is the third different lineup of players for the group. As for Steelesque’s sound, it sits very much in Eldridge’s influential wheelhouse, with a serious twinge of the Rolling Stones.

Other bands that have helped Eldridge cultivate his style include The Verve, Radiohead, Oasis, Wilco, the Grateful Dead, Phish, Tom Petty, Levon Helm and the Band.

As fun as playing shows is — Steelesque played Cefalo’s in Carnegie for that CD release party in late June — Eldridge doesn’t have any visions of touring with big-time acts.

“I don’t wake up every day looking for a record deal,” Eldridge said.

Or fame and fortune, for that matter.

Enjoying what he’s doing remains Eldridge’s only goal.

“I really don’t need much besides my family and my instruments,” Eldridge said. “I really don’t need my instruments, either. I can always get other instruments.

“I want to make enough money to provide for my family, but I’m more apt to be driven by having good relationships with people.”

Keep it simple

As much as Eldridge loves playing music, he may enjoy writing more.

On a recent trip back home to visit his parents, Eldridge got caught up observing a hummingbird around a cedar tree and some sugar water and started working off the idea of “cedar and feeder,” scribbling lyrics to a song within minutes.

“I will say I’m blessed from the standpoint that I don’t have writer’s block,” Eldridge said. “If someone said you had 10 days you have to write 10 songs, I could do that. They might not all be masterpieces, but there will be songs written nonetheless.

“I don’t try to over-complicate things.”

Eldridge believes music and soccer are extremely similar.

As a coach, Eldridge is always looking to accentuate a certain player’s skill, the same way a band might lean on a strong musician to carry a certain section of a song.

You’re also zeroing in on specific responsibilities.

“If I find a kid who’s super-fast and has a great right foot, I can make him a right back or a right midfielder,” Eldridge said. “If you’re teaching someone how to play guitar, you’re not sending them home saying, ‘Go learn your piano scales.’ Keep it sport- and positional-specific.”

‘I’m not gifted’

When Eldridge was 8 or 9 years old, growing up in northern Vermont, that’s when he really started to notice his high energy level and strong work ethic.

He’d wake up at 5 or 6 every morning, walk outside and notice the milkman, the carrier for the Burlington Free Press and nobody else.

Eldridge worked out a deal to deliver part of the route for $0.50 a week, then later went full-time despite his crazy young age.

After getting home from school, Eldridge would have to fill the wood bin with firewood so the family’s house had heat.

“I’m not gifted. Everything that I do is based on work ethic,” he said. “I’ve worked my whole life to get to where I am. I don’t garner the success I’ve had as a coach without rolling up my sleeves and working my tail off to be good at it. Music’s the same thing. You have to make time for it and work at your craft.”

Rob and Kim have three sons: Ray, Gavin and Chad. Ray plays football and recently accepted a scholarship to Richmond. Gavin and Chad are soccer players.

None of the three are heavy into music like dad, but Chad, now 14, has been showing signs recently, hopping into the studio to analyze hip-hop beats.

“It’s neat because most of our conversations have been about doing well in school, working hard in the offseason and being a good teammate,” Rob Eldridge said. “Now we’re starting to talk about being creative.”

That yin-and-yang approach — it’s how Eldridge loves to describe his life — has worked out well so far, and there’s no signs of change ahead.

Eldridge, who also coaches a pair of Beadling club teams, said he has turned down several jobs in other cities because he loves Pittsburgh so much, specifically how well it marries arts and sports.

“I really enjoy watching people perform and going to art exhibits and seeing the creative part of the city,” Eldridge said. “I also love watching the Steelers, coaching the boys up and going to Friday night football games.

“It’s a great lifestyle. Plus, I know I have a good window of creativity left and a good window of coaching left.”

Read Article in the PPG here