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Stir Crazy Blues Festival kicks off with Steve Strongman

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When he was ten years old, Steve Strongman came home and told his mother that he wanted to learn to play the guitar. Years later, this award-winning Canadian blues artist is bringing his music to audiences around the world – and even in Swift Current, as part of Blenders' Stir Crazy Blues Festival.



“It's hard to remember not being in love with music, it's always been around my house,” explained Strongman. “I started getting really serious about it when I was 16, I started playing in local bars. My older brothers turned me on to great music, and I would go play at their favorite bar.”


Strongman's gigs there started snowballing into more and more shows, and the young artist began playing at a professional level right out of high school. He has maintained a focus on the blues, which he explained is the root of all other music.


“Music is truly a universal language – and for me, everything is steeped in the blues,” he said. “Everything is blues to me. Rock, even a lot of pop, I just hear blues in that. It's the foundation for all this other music that has come after it, and continues to grow. At its core, blues is a blank canvas that you can build on. It's so emotional and open, I've always really enjoyed it.”


Since Strongman's songwriting is sourced from his own emotion and personal experience, it's a perfect fit for him. Music, for Strongman, is the best way to deal with emotion.


“On my last CD, there is a song called 'Coming Home Tonight', which I wrote while I was on tour and missing my family, a song about wanting to come home,” he noted. “As a writer, that's what you do – you write what you know. I think that's why my own experiences are the biggest thing for me to write about.”


His hope is that his audience can share some of that emotion, as well as be entertained by the music. As a performer, Strongman is always looking for a way to connect with the crowd.


“That's really what I try to bring to every live show I do, and I just love it,” he said. “I get so excited about it, because performing is something that I would say comes naturally to me. For me, it feels like home, and I'm happy I can do it for a living.”


The Steve Strongman Band will be kicking off the Stir Crazy Blues Festival this year, taking the stage at the Lyric Theatre in Swift Current on Feb. 28. Tickets for the event are only $25, or you can purchase a festival pass for three nights of music for $60. For tickets or for more information, contact Shann at 306-778-2686 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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