Yardbird Suite Blues From Hamilton Steve Strongman
Friday, February 16 until February 17th at
#11 Tommy Banks Way
ward-winning Canadian bluesman Steve Strongman is a versatile talent, and a restless one. By constantly pushing himself in new directions, he has kept himself vital. His talent is huge and impossible to miss, and it's matched by his staggering musical ambition - as guitar-slinger, songwriter or vocalist. He never sounds an inauthentic note or loses touch with the essence of the blues.
Beyond Strongman's talent as a songwriter, guitarist and front man is his ability to engage his audience and deliver an outstanding performance at every live show. With his inimitable guitar playing and soulful vocals, Strongman delivers incredible performances with power and passion. His music speaks for truth and passion, and offers hope for the soul in the face of hard times in a way that leaves audiences hungry for more.
Strongman's impressive resume includes stints opening for guitar legends such as Johnny Winter, B.B. King and Buddy Guy. His breakthrough 2012 release "A Natural Fact" was hailed as a standout, earning Maple Blues Awards for Recording, Songwriter, and Guitarist Of The Year as well as a 2013 Juno Award for Blues Recording Of The Year. In 2014 he was thrice-nominated at the Maple Blues Awards (Guitar Player, Electric Act, and Entertainer of the Year) and in 2015 received a second Juno nomination for Blues Album of the Year for "Let Me Prove It to You".
Strongman's new release "No Time like Now" is a slab of reinvigorated 21st century blues. An intoxicating shot of raw electrified blues, the album is a shout-out to a lifelong love of blues in all its shapes and shadings, from rough-hewn electric blues, blue-collar hollers and swampy stompers to soulful groovers and hushed, heartfelt ballads.
"Steve Strongman's new CD 'Blues In Colour' is one of the strongest Canadian releases in a long time. The spirit of Mel Brown lives on with the soulful, precise and always tasteful guitar playing of Steve Strongman. He's also a natural singer and gifted harp player who writes great original material."
Holger Petersen, Host - Saturday Night Blues, CBC Radio
"Following his performance at last year's Festival in the Guitar Explosion concert, Steve Strongman found himself with a whole new crew of admirers. It's no surprise to find him back on the bill this year: he brings impeccable blues-rock guitar melodies, emotion-charged vocal harmonies, stylized and authentic compositions, and a warm and vivid stage presence."
Frederic Poulin, Montreal Jazz Festival
"Steve is widely revered amongst musicians as a guy who can truly do it all: an electrifying performer whose stage presence is second to none, a fantastic vocalist, and a guitarist of awesome technique and artistry. With his fabulous CD Honey, you can add great songwriting to this list of reasons why Steve Strongman is so greatly admired."
Dave Murphy, Jeff Healey Band
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