Steve Strongman
Ontario - Canada

Award-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. The same structures and progressions that animate blues and roots music can also choke the air out of it, smothering it in caricature and cliché. But Strongman is a subtle shape-shifter who manages to slip that trap without betraying the music he loves. Throughout, he never sounds an inauthentic note or loses touch with the essence of the blues. In the tradition of The Howlin’ Wolf Album and Muddy Waters’ After the Rain.
No Time Like Now offers tribute to blues-rock as a full-blooded, living thing, not a museum piece.
 
With No Time Like Now, one of this country’s most talented and compelling blues players becomes a juggernaut. Backed by an impressive pack of players (including drummers Dave King and Adam Warner, bassists Rob Szabo and Alec Fraser, keyboardist Jesse O’Brien), the band is pure fire — both athletically limber and wickedly tight. The session also features a stellar guitar cameo from Randy Bachman on Strongman’s muscular cover of Bachman-Turner Overdrive’s “You Ain’t Seen Nothin’ Yet”.  No Time Like Now buzzes with fresh energy — loose, playful and reinvigorated — but it’s thanks to the caliber and chemistry of the players that it lands its punches so consistently.
 
The album’s chugging title track is an anthem to making the most of the moment, a sentiment that flows through the rest of the album. But that urgency never displaces musical mastery, and No Time Like Now doesn’t disappoint on that count. From the skittering swamp rock of “Money in the Bank” to the rollicking, gospel-tinged “Love, Love, Love”, through the strutting soul of “I’m A Man,” the swaggering stomp of “Old School” and simmering scrapyard blues of “Good Times” to the nakedly reflective ballad “The Day They Carry Me Away,” the album finds Strongman and co-writer/producer/longtime collaborator Rob Szabo delivering the goods in every way.
 
Strongman’s impressive resume includes stints opening for guitar legends such as Johnny Winter, B.B. King and Buddy Guy. The performer’s 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 nod for Blues Album of the Year (for Let Me Prove It To You).


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No Time Like Now

Label: Self-Release

Genres: Blues, R&B

Styles: Contemporary Blues, Soul, Blues

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
Money in the Bank Contemporary Blues Blues
1 No Time Like Now Contemporary Blues Blues
2 Bring the Hammer Down Contemporary Blues Blues
4 You Ain't Seen Nothing Yet (feat. Randy Bachman) Contemporary Blues Blues
5 Love Love Love Contemporary Blues Blues
6 I'm a Man Contemporary Blues Blues
7 Old School Contemporary Blues Blues
8 Good Times Contemporary Blues Blues
9 Sometimes Contemporary Blues Blues
10 The Day They Carry Me Away Contemporary Blues Blues

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Let Me Prove It to You

Label: Self

Genres: Blues

Styles: Contemporary Blues, Blues, Electric Blues, Acoustic Blues

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
1 There's Something Goin' on Blues Blues
2 What I Believe Blues Blues
3 Get Used to It Electric Blues Blues
4 We're Goin' out Tonight Blues Blues
5 Let Me Prove It to You Blues Blues
6 It Ain't the First Time Electric Blues Blues
7 Lookin' for Trouble (Featuring Guy Bélanger) Blues Blues
8 Whatever You're Doin' Blues Blues
9 Ain't Nobody Like You Blues Blues
10 Older Acoustic Blues Blues
11 Can You Feel It? Electric Blues Blues

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A Natural Fact

Label: Independant

Genres: Blues

Styles: Acoustic Blues, Contemporary Blues, Blues

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
Haven't Seen It Yet Acoustic Blues Blues
Leaving Contemporary Blues Blues
1 Haven't Seen It Yet Acoustic Blues Blues
2 The Mood Acoustic Blues Blues
3 Can't Go Back Acoustic Blues Blues
4 Secret Acoustic Blues Blues
5 Leaving Contemporary Blues Blues
6 I Forgot Acoustic Blues Blues
7 Comin' Home Tonight Acoustic Blues Blues
8 Rockin' Chair Blues Blues Blues
9 I Got Trouble Acoustic Blues Blues
10 You Do It to Yourself Acoustic Blues Blues
11 Full of You Acoustic Blues Blues
12 Just One Thing Acoustic Blues Blues

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Blues in Colour

Label: Independant

Genres: Blues

Styles: Contemporary Blues

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
1 Mean to Me Contemporary Blues Blues
2 Woman Across the River Contemporary Blues Blues
3 That's What She Does Contemporary Blues Blues
4 Can't Back Down Contemporary Blues Blues
5 Take My Arms Contemporary Blues Blues
6 Can't Stop, but I'm Tryin' Contemporary Blues Blues
7 Wastin' My Time Contemporary Blues Blues
8 Heart Contemporary Blues Blues
9 Lie to You Contemporary Blues Blues
10 Plain Hard Truth Contemporary Blues Blues
11 Emily Contemporary Blues Blues
12 Shout It out Loud Contemporary Blues Blues
13 Just Sorry Contemporary Blues Blues

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Honey

Label: Independant

Genres: Blues

Styles: Contemporary Blues, Electric Blues

Songs on the Album

Track # Song Title Style Genre
1 Hard Headed Lover Contemporary Blues Blues
2 Let's Sleep on This Contemporary Blues Blues
3 Honey Contemporary Blues Blues
4 Big Legged Woman Contemporary Blues Blues
5 Soul Searching Contemporary Blues Blues
6 That's Me Contemporary Blues Blues
7 How Blue Can You Get (featuring Mel Brown) Contemporary Blues Blues
8 River Contemporary Blues Blues
9 Silhouette Contemporary Blues Blues
10 The Birthday Song Contemporary Blues Blues
11 Keep It to Yourself Contemporary Blues Blues