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Showing posts with label Steve Strongman. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Steve Strongman. Show all posts

Sunday, April 22, 2012

A Natural Fact - Steve Strongman

2011 Maple Blues Award winner for Guitar Player of the year, Steve Strongman has a new acoustic cd, A Natural Fact, and I listened to it today. A Natural Fact has 12 original tracks written by Strongman and performed by Strongman on vocal, guitar and harmonica, Alec Fraser on standup bass, Dave King on drums, Jesse O'Brien on piano and a duet with Suzie Vinnick. This release showcases Strongmans solid vocals and clean acoustic picking style. Can't Go Back, a clever song about second thoughts also brings some extremely clean slide playing. Leaving (with Suzie Vinnick)is a country blues rocker with interesting vocal blending. Rockin' Chair Blues, one of my favorites, has some hot picking and some cool piano. Got Trouble, the standout track on the cd, is a great traditional style blues tune. Full Of You is a happy go lucky tune which could easily be the radio track from the cd. The final track on the release, Just One Thing, is accapella w/ harp. It has a spiritual overtone and is a nice wrap up of the release. I believe that this cd will be very well received.
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Wednesday, April 4, 2012



Hamilton’s award-winning blues guitarist Steve Strongman is set to release a new acoustic CD titled A Natural Fact, featuring solo acoustic material, and tracks with Alec Fraser on standup bass, Dave King on drums, Jesse O'Brien on piano, and a duet with blues and roots music sweetheart Suzie Vinnick.

On this fourth career release, the 2011 Maple Blues Award winner for Guitar Player of the Year, Strongman presents the exceptional songwriting, inimitable guitar playing and soulful vocals he is known for. His commanding stage presence in live performances and the emotive delivery of classic blues themed songs and soulful ballads translates perfectly in this intimate acoustic collection.
"I've always had a love for acoustic based music, especially blues. I'm really proud of this CD and I look forward to showing people a different artistic side." Strongman says.

A Natural Fact is set for North American release independently in May 2012 and International release on Peppercake Records in Fall 2012.

Track Listing
1. Haven’t Seen It Yet
2. The Mood
3. Can’t Go Back
4. Secret
5. Leaving (featuring Suzie Vinnick)
6. I Forgot
7. Comin’ Home Tonight
8. Rockin’ Chair Blues
9. I Got Trouble
10. You Do It To Yourself
11. Full Of You
12. Just One Thing

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Big Legged Woman - Steve Strongman

Steve Strongman is making waves internationally and at home in Canada as a bluesman to watch. In 2009-2010 alone he has played major blues festivals in Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City & Memphis,TN, as well as two appearances at The Montreal International Jazz Festival, and three at the Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival. He is a hometown hero in his adopted home of Hamilton,ON. In 2010 he was chosen by the Hamilton Spectator as one of Hamilton's "Top 40 under 40", was featured on the cover of Hamilton Magazine, and had a total of 8 nominations for Hamilton Music Awards in ’09-10, winning Blues Recording Of The Year in ’09. He has multiple nominations for Maple Music Awards (Canada’s National Blues Awards), and won the Mel Brown Blues Award in 2009.

Steve has been championed by Holger Peterson(Saturday Night Blues-CBC Radio), and throughout the years has shared the stage with the international blues royalty including Buddy Guy, Kim Wilson, James Harmon, Luther Tucker, Duke Robillard, Ronnie Earl, Roy Clark, Otis Clay, Sonny Landreth, Jeff Healey and Watermelon Slim just to name a few.

Listening to him is guitar paradise, and it is this mastery of the instrument, along with dynamic songwriting, vocal and potent performance styles, that sets this artist apart. Having established himself as a musical force to be reckoned with, Strongman has quickly moved into the top ranks of Canadian Blues music, and is undeniably one of the most compelling young bluesmen in the scene today.
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