Steve Strongman picked up blues album of the year, for his release A Natural Fact, at the Junos in Regina this weekend.

Strongman has risen so quickly on the blues scene in Canada that some might be surprised to know his musical background is quite diverse, and goes back almost two decades.

As Strongman was growing up in Kitchener, Ont., Mel Brown was a mainstay in the local music community. A musician couldn’t ask for a better blues education than Brown.

 “One night I went to this fantastic club in Kitchener called Pop the Gator,” Strongman told Holger Petersen, host of Saturday Night Blues. “I was underage and I had to sneak in. It has the most amazing blues artist that changed my life. Of course Mel Brown was there. It was called Battle of the Blues Harmonicas. It was with James Harman and Kim Wilson. Luther Tucker was there. Duke Robillard was there. Ronnie Earl was there. From then on I immersed myself in as much blues as I could.”

Blues was Strongman’s first love, but he has been through a broad spectrum of music and landscapes in his travels. Hip-hop, country, rock; Brazil, Europe, the States. Strongman has been through them all on his journey to the Junos this week.

AUDIOIn conversation with Holger Petersen for Saturday Night Blues, Strongman gives a comprehensive personal history.

Strongman, along with tracks from his album A Natural Fact, nominated for blues album of the year at this year’s Junos, can be heard on Saturday Night Blues this week at 6 p.m. on CBC Radio 2, at 9 p.m. on CBC Radio One, on Sirius XM at 6 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. PT. You can also access the show archive on the Saturday Night Blues web page.


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posted by Chris Martin on Apr 18, 2013