Last night’s 16th Maple Blues Awards at Toronto’s Koerner Hall once again affirmed that Hamilton blues musician Steve Strongman is the foremost blues guitarist in Canada. (Click to Tweet)
After giving a listen to his latest album “A Natural Fact” it’s easy to agree. Slick finger picking, slide work, strong vocals, blues harp, and great songwriting combine to make this a great package. Another Maple Blues Award winner, Suzie Vinnick (Best Acoustic Act, Female Vocalist of the Year), joined Strongman on the tune Leaving.
In addition, Strongman won two other awards. He had been nominated in a total of six categories.
- Guitar Player Of The Year
- Recording/Producer Of The Year
- Songwriter Of The Year
Here’s the fine Canadian blues company he was nominated with.
Songwriter Of The Year: Julian Fauth, Paul Reddick, Shakura S’Aida & Donna Grantis, Treasa Levasseur
Guitarist Of The Year: David Gogo, Garrett Mason, Kevin Breit, Teddy Leonard
Recording/Producer Of The Year: “Checkered Past” The Harpoonist & the Axe Murderer (Independent) Producers – Matthew Rogers & Shawn Hall; “Time” Shakura S’Aida (Electro-Fi) Producers – Shakura S’Aida, Howard Ayee; “Broad” Treasa Levasseur (Slim Chicken), Producers – Treasa Levasseur, Ken Whiteley, Steve Marriner, Terry Wilkins; “Wishbone” Paul Reddick (Independent) Producer – Colin Cripps
If you haven’t picked up your copy of “A Natural Fact” yet, what are you waiting for?