Workshop Shade Stage – Sat 4:15 pm
Performance Blues Stage – Sun 11:00 am
Workshop Blues Stage – Sun 2:45 pm
There are reasons why Canadian blues artist Steve Strongman cleaned up at this year’s Maple Blues Award, winning for Best Recording, Best Guitar Player, and Best Songwriter. The same reasons are why Strongman has been packing the houses at major blues festivals in Rio de Janeiro, France, Switzerland, Mexico City, Memphis and Canada. Those reasons include Charisma, Verve, Passion & Unbridled talent.
Steve Strongman’s searing, blues soaked guitar and warm soulful vocal harmonies evoke the emotion, maturity and authenticity of classic blues themes like lost love, truth, and hard times. Listening to him is guitar paradise, and it is this mastery of the instrument, along with the dynamic songwriting, vocals, and a potent blues style, that sets this artist apart. Beyond Strongman’s genius as a songwriter, guitarist, and front man is his ability to engage his audience and deliver an outstanding performance at every live show. 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. Steve Strongman has been nominated for a 2013 Juno for Blues Album of the Year.