Imagine it’s a Friday night and after a long arduous week, you head to your local roadhouse for a cold beer and some relaxation. You get your favorite brew and leanin’ against the bar glance around the packed club. You can hear the clack of balls on the pool tables and the lively chatter coming from tables surrounding the dance floor. You watch as band members take the small stage and then………Steve Krase begins to crank out some bad ass roadhouse blues from his new album, Just Waitin’.
The first thing that will strike you is just how great a harmonica player Steve is. Self taught, after being inspired by a old Neil Young tune when he was sixteen, Steve has won recognition and accolades from blues organizations in his home base of Houston Texas as well as from blues writers and journals around the United States over the last fifteen years or so for his harp playin’. Joined on the stage by his studio band of David Carter (lead guitar), Rock Romano (bass), and Tamara Williams (drums), Steve begins to sing and wail on that harp as they play the title cut from his 4th and latest album, Just Waitin on my Brand New Baby. It’s an infectious upbeat tune that will drag you to the dance floor.
The second thing that will get your attention about Steve is the energy of the music. It’s an intense “let’s get it goin'” sound. All in the Mood and My Baby Walked Off are Howlin’ Wolf tunes that Steve re-energizes after all these years and Dirty Dirty, featuring some great guitar riffs from David Carter, is a perfect roadhouse blues song. And he can slow it down too so that you can grind with your Baby on the dance floor as you listen to Nobody Loves Me.
Steve will also surprise you with the range of artists and songs he draws from for the new album. Settin the Woods on Fire is a Hank Williams song that is a great showcase for Steve on harmonica. And you also might get a chuckle, if you are old enough, at the band’s cajun zydeco rendition of the theme song for the legendary TV Series, The Beverly Hillbillies, entitled The Ballad of Jed Clampett.
I encourage you to download Steve’s latest album and use your own imagination as you listen to some GREAT roadhouse blues!
Just Waitin’ Connor Ray Music 2018