Just Waitin’……..for Steve Krase!

Steve Krase

 

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

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Makin it Loud and Clear…..Steve Krase Aces the Harpin’ Blues

Steve Krase

It’s summertime and a perfect time for a backyard barbecue with friends, cold beer, and of course some bad ass harpin’ blues.  I suggest you buy Steve Krase‘s new CD, Should’ve Seen It Coming, and let the good times roll.  Steve is a Houston based harmonica stud with a penchant for loud and upbeat tunes and on his fourth album for the Connor Ray Music label does he ever deliver!

The first tune on the CD, Brand New Thang, is a great party tune featuring some virtuoso guitar playing by label mate Mark May. On the second song, Crazy For My Baby, Steve puts himself in the league with Little Walter, James Cotton, and Charlie Musselwhite with an excellent harmonica rendition of a Willie Dixon tune.  This song should receive serious consideration in the harmonica artist category of next year’s blues awards in Memphis.

I have a particular love  for “down the bayou” blues and Steve’s cover of Fat Domino’s Let the Four Winds Blow is a great addition to that playlist for my DJ sets.  I also enjoyed the Texas blues shuffle Make You Love Me Baby.  And my vote for the Just Crank It up and Dance tune of the album is Shot of Rhythm and Blues which features label mates Trudy Lynn and Bob Lanza.

The title cut (written by his brother David) is an interesting jazzy blues jam with some great saxophone playing by Alisha Pattillo, nice keyboard work by Randy Wall, and Steve’s harmonica work is stellar. Rock Romano (bass and the studio owner), David Carter (guitars), and Richard Cholakian (drums) round out a solid backing band for Steve.

Well, if you are ever in the Houston area and see Steve Krase on the club or concert bill, strap on your dancin’ shoes, grab yer Baby, and go have a damn good time!  And a quick look at his tour schedule shows he’ll be in New Jersey on my birthday, September 9th, along with Bob Lanza……hmmmm….that’s pretty close…maybe time for a short road trip to celebrate another year on the upside of the grass!