Canadian bluesman Steve Strongman is set to release his fifth full-length new studio album “No Time Like Now” on March 10, 2017. Strongman is a 21st-century bluesman remarkable for his tight acoustic blues riffs.
Shout-out to a lifelong love of Blues
The album is a shout-out to a lifelong love of blues in all its shapes and shadings, from rough-hewn electric blues, blue-collar hollers and swampy stompers to soulful groovers and hushed, heartfelt ballads. Steve won multiple Canadian Blues awards and presents himself as a true gatekeeper of the blues.
New Electric sound on “No Time Like Now”
“No Time Like Now” is electric and filled with some kick ass solos and steady riffs, nevertheless Strongman’s trademark sound is hearable throughout the album.
Electric blues bands: New Zealand’s Heart Attack Alley
They deliver a tight blues sound and remember us of tunes we heard more than fifty years ago when electric harmonica-driven blues was new. They also bring us back to the late seventies when Garage punk songs were everywhere. Heart Attack Alley from Auckland New Zealand originated in 2009 in a series of blues jam sessions on Kristal G’s front porch.
Little Walter to The Cramps
Little Walter and garage band the Cramps would be happy to hear these musicians bring the raw and harmonica-based songs to the stage. Not only the blues inspires Heart Attack Alley also punk and garage bands are visible influences of this New Zealand band. The mix of blues and garage sho’ brings some new dimensions to their sound.
Earlier this year HPKNS released “LA Andy.” And “Soda Man” containing some pounding bass heavy beat & grooving guitar lines. With Amy Spencer Blues they continu to built a repertoire based on electro blues rock riffs.
Debut Single “Soda Man” by Australian Blues / House duo HPKNS
The bandname of Blues / House duo HPKNS from Melbourne, Australia pays homage to blues legend Lightnin’ Hopkins whose traditional foot stomping blues forms the basis of HPKNS style. This duo is eccentric and unique for the way they approach the blues roots in their music.
Inspiration for “Soda Man”
Inspired by the songs of the Texas blues legend Lightnin’ Hopkins you will find a mixture of danceable beats and electrifying guitar and bass riffs in their music. HPKNS launched their ‘Devilishly Pounding’ Blues // House debut single ‘Soda Man’ this September and are ready to hit the road.
‘Soda Man’ is a grooving song with an attractive guitar riff and feels like a 2016 version of the work bluesmen like Son House once recorded. Listen to “Death Letter Blues”, which he recorded in 1965 and you’ll find a similar groove in HPKNS arrangements.
I liked listening to the 44 pistol songs, and you will notice that they are at their best in the bar. Like they showed us in the video for “Born in the Borderlands”.
.44 Pistol are a young, high energy electric blues band. Slide guitar driven, stripped back & dirty, they bring together the laid back country blues of artists such as Mississippi Fred McDowell with the raw electric sound of contemporary bands like the White Stripes. Up-tempo, rough & ready this is music to drink, dance and stomp your feet along to.
The band recently announced a hiatus until further notice. Lets hope these guys will be back on stage one day! Listen en learn more about .44 Pistol here.
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