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Strongman to sing the blues at Geneva

Andrew Philips

By Andrew Philips, Special to Postmedia Network

Steve Strongman

Steve Strongman

Steve Strongman is looking forward to returning to Orillia Wednesday.

The guitar virtuoso is bringing his blues chops to the Geneva Event Centre for an evening show with a couple of special guests, local favourite Lance Anderson and harmonica player extraordinaire Roly Platt.

"Lance is a long-time friend of mine," said Strongman, who last appeared in the city during the Orillia Spring Blues Festival a few years back. "He thought it (the Geneva) would be a good fit for me."

The Orillia concert is part of a northern Ontario swing that will also take Strongman to Sault Ste. Marie, Thunder Bay, Kenora and finally Winnipeg as he promotes his latest album No Time Like Now.

"I'm very excited to come back to the area," he said during a phone interview Monday. "Playing lives is the cornerstone of what I do. And there are such great fans there."

Strongman said those attending the show won't be disappointed with songs taken from his previous efforts as well as well some from the new album that's been described as 'a slab of reinvigorated 21st century blues...the album captures the performer riding a surge of new energy.'

"I'll be playing a little bit of everything," he said.

Strongman's impressive résumé includes stints opening for guitar legends such as Johnny Winter, B.B. King and Buddy Guy. The songwriter's breakthrough 2012 release A Natural Fact was hailed as a standout, earning Maple Blues Awards for recording, songwriter, and guitarist of the year as well as a 2013 Juno Award for blues recording of the year.

In 2014, Strongman was thrice-nominated at the Maple Blues Awards (guitar player, electric act and entertainer of the year) and in 2015 received a second Juno nod for blues album of the year for Let Me Prove It To You.

Tickets for Wednesday's show are $15 in advance ( $20 at the door.

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