Little Steve & the Big Beat
Little Steve & the Big Beat are a high-energy Rhythm & Blues outfit. They take the blues, add some soul and play it the way they feel it is supposed to be played; 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.
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A couple of weeks ago we played at the Brielle Blues Festival, I had no idea that any reviewers were present. Goes to show I might need to start wearing my glasses during gigs, or perhaps I didn't notice it as we were so far away from the audience, as I just stumbled upon a great review of this festival on BluesMagazine.nl. You can read the full review on their website, but I can't help but publishing a quote:
"The band has grown into one of the top bands in the Netherlands."
Why thank you! We had a blast and are going to do it all over again tomorrow night, 14th August, in Enschede and Saturday 16th August in Giethoorn. See you there!
We had a blast at the Zoetermeer Blues Festival last Saturday. It was our first time as a 5 piece band, with Evert Hoedt on Baritone sax added to the Big Beat Horns. It sounded great and things felt so "right" that we want to start booking our band as a 5 piece from now on as much as possible. Next one up as a five piece band will be on August 17th at the Giethoorn Drijf In blues festival, but we've got more gigs booked as a 4 piece band in the mean time.. hope you come and watch us on one of our upcoming gigs soon!
Though we're quite a new band, we were already lucky to have gotten some great reviews of previous gigs. To add to that we have gotten another great review by Bert Lek for www.bluesmagazine.nl of our gig in Zoetermeer (translated from Dutch):
"The band have just released their first EP of which they play Feel so Bad, Working Overtime, Slip Away and Count On You. Clarence Carter's Slip Away is the one I remember the best, what a beautiful rendition of this song! But the other songs are very good as well. Steve has a nice voice, plays guitar very well and the horn section adds to it in a beautiful way. These men could have also been booked as a closing act. A top class band."
All pictures by Bert Lek.
We had a blast at our gig at De Weegbrug last Saturday, thanks to Truus for booking us and thanks for all who showed up. A Dutch review of the gig can be read on the BluesBreeker.nl website, some quotes:
"De kwaliteit spat er van af iets dat het publiek direct oppakt. De lat wordt hoog gelegd en dat schept verplichtingen maar daar voldoet het kwartet volledig aan."
"Quality galore and the audience picked up on it. They raised the bar high (from the start), creating expectations from the audience which the band manages to fully meet."
"Ik ben er 100% zeker van dat we van dit kwartet nog veel meer zullen horen en dat verdiend de band ook."
"I am 100% sure we will see and hear much more of this band, and they rightfully deserve so."
Triple R Blues Radio host Ton Wanten was also present at the gig. The next day on facebook he wrote a small crit:
"(...)Nu dus met zijn eigen band: en HOE !!! Fantastisch: een mix van Blues & Southern Soul (...) Het verrast me dat Steven het aandurft om Live een nummer van Ronnie Earl te spelen... iets dat menig gitarist niet aandurft: en hij zet het neer als een huis!!!! Gevoelig, gedurfd, getalenteerd: HOLLAND: we hebben een verse goede bluesband in huis!!!! Hou ze in de gaten!!"
"(...) and now with his own band: and HOW !!! Fantastic: a mix of Blues & Southern Soul (...) It surprises me Steven dares to play a live song of Ronnie Earl... it's something many guitar players don't dare to do: and he delivers with a vengeance!!!! Emotional, daring, talented: HOLLAND: we have a brand new good bluesband!!!! Keep an eye on them!!"
We had a great time at blues club l'Esprit yesterday in Rotterdam, what a great club and nice crowd! Guitar ace Richard van Bergen showed up and jammed along for a couple songs (see the photos page). We're looking forward to the next one now, 19th january @ de Malle Molen in Wageningen.
Our EP recordings are going well, we've recorded 4 songs so far and will add one more. It turned out to be a bit more work than initially anticipated, but we should have it ready around February.
Here's a little video someone shot of us playing Double Trouble by Otis Rush. Nice to see the audience go totally silent after a bit.. sssshhhh...