Local bluesman, and Juno-winner, Steve Strongman, joins us on The Morning Buzz this morning. He is so friggin good. I went to see him open up for Buddy Guy at the Centre in The Square and was blown-away (kind of a harmonica pun?).
Take a look a look / listen and, if you get a chance, go see this guy live.
Hamilton, Ontario based bluesman and JUNO Winner Steve Strongman is making waves internationally and at home in Canada.
His breakthrough 2012 release “A Natural Fact” is being recognized as a standout blues & roots record with a whopping Three 2012 Maple Blues Awards (Recording, Songwriter & Guitarist Of The Year) of the Six for which it was nominated. The record was also recognized with the aforementioned JUNO AWARD for Blues Recording Of The Year and also took home the Canadian Folk Music Producer Of The Year Award (for Producer Rob Szabo). The reviews for this record have been raves including Penguin Eggs and Blues Underground Review who gush that “it is, by a long shot, the best Blues Album released in Canada for 2012”. “A Natural Fact” peaked in heavy rotation at #2 on the influential XM Sirius Satellite Station B.B. King’s Bluesville, which includes the biggest names in Blues past and present (BB King, Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt).
Steve has played major blues festivals the world over including Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City & Memphis,TN, as well three appearances at The Montreal International Jazz Festival, multiple appearances at Mont Tremblant International Blues Festival and Cisco Ottawa Blues Festival. He is a hometown hero in his adopted home of Hamilton,Ontario. 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 also won the Mel Brown Blues Award in 2009 in his hometown of Kitchener.
Steve has been championed by Holger Petersen (Saturday Night Blues-CBC Radio), and throughout the years has shared the stage with the international blues royalty including BB King, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, Joe Cocker, Robert Cray, Ronnie Earl, Roy Clark, Otis Clay, and Jeff Healey 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 set him 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.