Steven Troch // Foto: © Guido Van Damme - Studio Momentum 2014

Steven Troch // Foto: © Guido Van Damme – Studio Momentum 2014

Zanger en harmonicaspeler Steven Troch draait al sinds 1994 mee in het bluescircuit van de lage landen. Zo was hij jarenlang de frontman van de Belgische bluesformatie “Fried Bourbon” en blaast hij zich het laatste jaar in de schijnwerper als begeleider van de Finse schoonheid Ina Forsman en blues troubadour Tiny Legs Tim.

Steven Troch’s eerste solo-album ‘Nice ‘n’ Greasy’ bevat twaalf songs van eigen hand. Voor de opnames trok Steven naar de vermaarde Greaseland Studios in Californië waar hij een schare topmuzikanten rond zich verzamelde (Rusty Zinn, Kid Andersen, June Core, Bob Welsh). De productie van het album was in handen van stergitarist Kid Andersen, wiens faam als studio-engineer minstens even groot is. Kid Andersen was vanaf het prille begin betrokken bij het album en was van onschatbare waarde bij alle creatieve stappen van pre-productie, opnemen, mixen tot post-productie.

Een voorproefje is deze track: The Jinx is on me :

De bluesman Charley Patton zong er al over in de jaren twintig van vorige eeuw : “ I wake up every mornin’ with the jinx all around my bed “ Periodes van ongeluk, alles loopt fout, is het gewoon pech of is er een vreemde kracht aan het werk?
Is het een soort van voodoo of zit het toch gewoon allemaal in je hoofd?

Live laat Steven zich bijstaan door topmuzikanten uit de Belgisch-Nederlandse roots wereld: Steven Van Der Nat (gitaar), Liesbeth Sprangers (bass), King Berik (drums).

Steven Troch - Nice n Greasy

Steven Troch – Nice ‘n’ Greasy

Release datum: 22 jan. 2016
Label: Sing My Title / N.E.W.S.

Bestel CD

Tracks

1. Extra Extra
2. Been Lookin’
3. Grease Me Up
4. The Jinx Is On Me
5. Footsteps Of My Dad
6. Slow
7. Alligator Fryolator
8. Saturday Night
9. Wanna Sleep
10. La Perla
11. Loose Your Head
12. Rainin’ Outdoors

NICE ‘N’ GREASY RELEASE SHOWS 2016

23-01 Zapoi, Mechelen (B)
06-02 Winterblues, Hamme (B)
05-03 BluesSpere, Luik (B)
19-03 CC Elckerlyc, Hasselt (B)

Meer info en concert data op www.steventroch.com

Steven Troch // Foto: © Guido Van Damme - Studio Momentum 2014

Steven Troch // Foto: © Guido Van Damme – Studio Momentum 2014

Steven Troch got “contaminated” by the blues in his late teens and over the years has turned into a very fine traditional bluesharp player with an extra dose of originality. But it would be a great injustice to label him as just a good harmonica player, he’s also an accomplished vocalist and original songwriter.

For his first solo album Steven went to the Greaseland Studios in California to record 12 self-penned originals. With Blues Music Award winning producer Kid Andersen’s help he assembled one of the best West Coast ensembles in blues. Rusty Zinn on guitar, Bob Welsh on guitar, keys & bass, Kid on bass, upright bass & guitar plus June Core on drums.

There’s a little of everything on this cd, calypso, rockabilly, Sonny Boy- Willie Dixon inspired duo type playing, Jimmy Reed two- beats, Chicago shuffles, reggae inspired originals, George Smith type swing chromatic instrumentals and all being original compositions that are funny, serious, warm and genuinely written as well as most American blues songwriters and from their perspective.

Without any doubt Steven Troch is one of the finest performers singing original songs and playing some of the best contemporary and vintage style blues harmonica music you will hear in Europe today.

Highlights:
KING OF SWING 2012 – Winner of David Barret’s harmonica songwriting contest 2012
KING OF CHROMATIC BLUESHARMONICA 2014 – Winner of David Barrett’s harmonica songwriting contest 2014
3rd PLACE WOH ALBUM 2012 – 3rd place “Gravy Train” World of Harmonica album of the year 2012.

“He’s got the VIBE! Normally It takes years to get that but Troch seems to have been born with that original inner voice.” – Mark Hummel, Grammy nominated, Blues Music Award winning harmonica player

BADASS!! – Joe Filisko, Masterplayer & Custom harmonica pioneer

Steven Troch’s totally controls this small instrument. Hitting every note with precision and punch combined with a strong sense of swing. – ABOUT BLUES, Ryan Lovano

“I really dig the fact that Troch appreciates the value of occasional “ugly” in the right spot.” – Rick Estrin, Blues Music Award winner 2013 “Best Harmonica”