Little Steve & the Big Beat are a high-energy Rhythm & Blues outfit; fiery guitar playing and strong vocals on top of a solid rhythm section. All the while the horns add a groove that will get your hands clapping and feet moving! Little Steve & the Big Beat stay true to tradition while not merely imitating, but adding their own voice to this expressive style of music.
Within just 2,5 years, Little Steve & the Big Beat have played major festivals and clubs in their home country and abroad, such as De Zwarte Cross, Blues Peer, North Sea Jazz Club, Breda Jazz Festival, and many more. Their single Brand New Man (Dec 2014) receives regular airplay on Belgian national radio. And they have been nominated by the Dutch Blues Foundation for “Best Band”, “Best Vocalist” and “Best Drummer” for the Dutch Blues Awards 2015.
Based in the Netherlands and formed around Steven van der Nat on guitar and vocals, Little Steve & the Big Beat started playing in January 2013. After just a handful of gigs within just a couple months the band already received raving crits, often describing Little Steve & the Big Beat as a top-band and a possible closing act for festivals.
In May 2013 the band released their first promotional EP, consisting of 3 original tunes (Working Overtime, Hard Times and Count On You) and 2 covers (Feel So Bad, Slip Away). Many positive reviews followed.
In 2015 the band successfully toured with Texan guitar-ace Mike Morgan.
In November 2016 their debut CD “Another Man” has been released. The CD contains 11 songs, of which 10 are Little Steve originals and got raving reviews.
"An incredibly nice listening experience." - Jazzism (Dec 16)
“Only the best of the best musicians can swing like this.” - Lust for Life (Dec 16)
"They show how to play a classic rock 'n roll sound with R&B influences" - Music Maker (Dec 16)
"The hottest Dutch Rhythm & Blues sensation ever!" - Rootsville (Nov 16)
Next to Little Steve (the Backbones, Dede Priest) on vocals and guitar the band consists of Martijn van Toor (Tinez Roots Club) and Evert Hoedt (the Electrophonics) on tenor and baritone saxophones, Bird Stevens (the Big Four Quintet, Different Tacos) on bass and Jody van Ooijen (Rootback, Qeaux Qeaux Joans) on drums.
What they are saying
“Only the best of the best musicians can swing like this.” - Lust for Life
"An incredibly pleasant listening experience." - Jazzism
"This band is unbelievably good!" - Back To The Roots Magazine
"Little Stevie and the Big Beat proved a real coup. See them and you'll understand what all the fuss is about!" - Blues Matters!
"Terrific band!" - Mark Hummel
"Great guys and they have a real tight sound - a tuff band!" - Charles Baty
"Tight band with superb vocals. The guitar solos made the hairs stand up on the back of your neck - an outstanding performance." - Blues in Britain
"Roll out the 'vintage zebracarpet' for Little Steve & the Big Beat. Irrisitable!" - Written in Music
"This new band doesn’t just come knocking at the door, they kick it wide open." - Rootstime
"What else does a person want? Listen to them once and you are sold!" - CtrlAltCountry