Steve Kozak review…February 24, 2018….

THE STEVE KOZAK BAND

IT’S TIME

CANE SUGAR SWEET–YOU MAY–MESSED UP–EVERY NIGHT AND EVERY DAY–KIDDIO–TROUBLE–ONE WOMAN I NEED–THAT’S COOL WITH ME–STRANGER IN MY HOMETOWN–TELL ME WHY–LOVE LIFE AND MONEY–GOIN FISHIN

Steve Kozak has been a force on the Canadian blues scene for over thirty years, with a fat-toned guitar and a big baritone vocal delivery to make everything alright.  He is also quite the master at preventing various styles of blues to his audiences, and you can judge for yourself the huge talents of Steve and his band  over the course of the twelve cuts that comprise “It’s Time,” a cool mix of originals and covers that present Steve’s take on West Coast jump-blues, Excello-riffic swamp blues, and Chicago blues, which makes this set a whole lot of fun!

The set was produced by guitarist Matthew Rogers and harp man Shawn Hall, and they go by the collective monikers The Axe Murderer and The Harpoonist.  Things are off and running with the swing of “my baby’s Cane Sugar Sweet,” with Jerry Cook on sax.  “I’m Messed Up over you” is a rhumba-rockin’ gem, while “One Woman I Need” shows a breezy, soulful side to the band.  Steve’s take of the Brook Benton classic, Kiddio,” is another fine example of Steve’s ability to swing with the best of ’em.

We had several favorites.  “You May” reminds us all that “no matter who you may know, there comes a time when everybody’s got to go!”  Steve gets his West Side groove on with a tribute to Magic Sam on the minor-key “Every Night And Every Day,” with Shawn blowin’ some fine harp.  “Trouble” rides an Excello groove, and a classic kiss-off song revolves around the stop-time swing of  Steve’s original, “That’s Cool With Me!”

Steve Kozak has paid his dues as a bluesman, and continues to be one of the best players on the Canadian blues scene.  A 2012 Maple Blues Award for Best New Artist Or Group gave him national recognition, and stellar sets such as “It’s Time” further solidify his legacy!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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One response to this post.

  1. Thank you both for your kind words! I am very happy that you enjoyed the album! Cheers from Vancouver Canada! All the best, Steve Kozak

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