Steve Strongman: Let Me Prove It To You

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Submitted by Sandy Graham

Hamilton, Ontario based bluesman and JUNO Winner Steve Strongman is making waves internationally and at home in Canada.

This artist 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.

His latest offering, ‘Let Me Prove It To You, is an eclectic collection, showcasing the versatility of this artist.

“There’s Something Goin’ On” is a rockabilly flavoured tune, with great guitar licks, and a vocal delivery that matches this energetic tune, while “What I Believe” is a heavy rock feel reminiscent of Bad to the Bone.

“Get Used To It” has a new country rock feel, with clean vocals and strong harmonies, “We’re Going Out Tonight” is a shuffle song that shows off the style of this guy, while “Let Me Prove It To You” has a Hendrix arrangement going on.

“It Ain’t the First Time” is an infectious, positive love song, that has a Huey Lewis and the News spin off while “Lookin’ For Trouble” is rock all the way.

“Whatever You’re Doin’” is a rock ‘n’ roll shuffle with a blues accent while “Ain’t Nobody Like You” is such a great song, you can’t help dancing while its playing.

“Older” is more acoustic and earthy, with a great message about embracing your age and the closing tune “Can You Feel It?” brings it all back to the blues/shuffle sound that is truly unique to Steve Strongman.

It is always refreshing to have a CD like this appear on the Cashbox desk for review. It makes you remember it is still all about the music. Check him out at www.stevestrongman.com.