A reply to favourite gigs and review of The Village Goes Crazy

August 27, 2017
Steven

It’s been a while since I wrote an update. This is such a shame really as we have had some great gigs over here in our little part of Europe.

Favourite Gigs Questions
Multiple people came up to me this week and asked me what our favourite gigs have been this year so far. This is like asking me what my favourite song is! It’s impossible to answer! I have to say though we are blessed with some great gigs we did this year so far, Seven Night To Blues and Nuit Du Blues, both in beautiful France, come to mind. What a fantastic time we had on those festivals with an appreciative crowd. On the way to Ambon we stopped at Le Soubock, a small club in France ran by music enthusiasts, who gave us such a warm welcome. Nordhorn, Germany in February comes to mind where on a Wednesday evening people come out to chill and listen to music. A great crowd at the Bluezy festival in Ridderkerk electrified us so much that the electricity cut out half-way the set! I guess the bottom line of this story is that there is no favourite. Each one is a unique experience in itself and we’re happy we can do this!

Bredene – The Village Goes Crazy
A couple weeks ago we played in Belgium in the city of Bredene. Although it seemed that rain was going to spoil our gig, the rain magically disappeared when we started playing and we had one hell of a good time! Back To The Roots magazine called us “Netherlands’ best bluesband” in their review, and:
“Highlights were (…) the perfectly timed stuttering vocals in ‘Another Man’, title track of Steve’s first full album. What a captivating slow-blues song, how much emotion it portraits in the hunger to a lost love, who does this better? Tell us! Not to speak of the horn section, man man man! If this isn’t blues of the purest kind, then what is..?”

Full review over here: http://www.backtotheroots.be/confessite/2017/Village_Bredene/Villagereport.htm

 

Top 3 in IBBA’s chart for January.

February 2, 2017
Steven

16426229_10158047004895447_1411623156705266288_nOur album was picked up by UK’s Independent Blues Broadcasters Association in the UK and was pick of the month for January. On top of that we have made it in their top 3 of most played albums! That is great news! Thanks to our British fans and we really hope we’re able to cross the north sea this year. Stay tuned!

The score so far…!

November 19, 2016
Steven

In case you have missed it: we have a new CD out this week! I must say we’re overwhelmed by the unanimous raving reviews we’ve been getting. Here’s the score after week one:

4stars Lust For Life: “Steven writes good songs and sings well, the production sounds fantastic and the band really swings. Only the best of the best musicians can swing like this, that is why we give these new kids on the block a big 4 stars.”

4stars CtrlAltCountry: “One of thé albums of this moment. Incredibly good!”, “this is right up the alley for anyone who likes Nick Waterhouse, James Hunter, JD McPherson, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Leon Bridges en of course fits labels such as Daptone Records, Stax, Atlantic, Chess and others. Listen to it once and you are sold!”

4stars Writteninmusic.com: “Authentic old school R&B in combination with soulful vocals and passionate guitar playing. Roll out the vintage zebra carpet for Little Steve & the Big Beat.”

Rootstime: “Another Man is a song of which you can already predict it will become one of the classic blues songs of the 21st century. This is an excellent record. This new band doesn’t just come knocking at the door, they kick it wide open.”

Rootsville: “The hottest Dutch rhyhtm and blues sensation ever, a sublime horn section, stunnin’ rhythm section and this Little Steve is an excellent guitar slinger with a soulful voice too.”

Bluesmagazine: “It immediately reminded me of Motown. A great production from start to finish. This CD is a gem. The way up for this band seems infinite.”

CD ‘Another Man’ officially released, first reviews are in!

November 11, 2016
Steven

Today is the day we’ve been waiting for, our CD ‘Another Man’ is officially released! The first reviews of our CD have come in, and they have been incredible. Check this:

CtrlAltCountrty.be gave us 4 stars and wrote:

“One of thé albums of this moment”, “Incredibly good!”, and: “this is right up the alley for anyone who likes Nick Waterhouse, James Hunter, JD McPherson, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Leon Bridges en of course fits labels such as Daptone Records, Stax, Atlantic, Chess and others. Listen to it once and you are sold! Do it!”

Bluesmagazine wrote:

“It immediately reminded me of Motown” and “A great production from start to finish. This CD is a gem.”

So go out to your favourite record store and buy yourself a copy, or buy it straight from us via the new shop page we’ve added.

CD Release Party November 13
Or better yet, come and join us on our CD release party at The Shack in Oude Meer, NL and receive a special 5 euro discount on our new CD! Doors open at 16:00. Facebook Event Page.

P&O Blues Cruise
Last weekend we played the P&O Blues Cruise return leg, between Rotterdam and Hull (UK). Imagine 500 blues fans rocking on a big ship between Holland and UK with the winds blowing at force 8: it was great! We’ve made many new UK friends and hope we can be back in the UK next year.

This, plus the ship rocking left to right, plus 500 people in front of us, you get the picture:
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Steve selling CDs:
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Blues in Britain interview

October 6, 2016
Steven

Last month I had the pleasure of having a chat with Michael Ford in Amsterdam. Check the results in this month’s Blues In Britain magazine. A two page interview with yours truly, as Little Steve & the Big Beat will be part again of this year’s P&O Blues Cruise!

Tickets UK: http://www.poferries.com/en/hull-rotterdam/minicruises/themed-minicruise/blues-revue-minicruise-to-rotterdam

Tickets NL: http://www.poferries.com/nl/rotterdam-hull/minicruise/blues-york

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New Album Teaser

October 2, 2016
Steven

Here’s a little teaser for all of you out there who are curious what our debut album sounds like! ‘Another Man’ will be available in stores, online and at our gigs from November 11 (and for our English fans we will also have it with us during the P&O Blues Cruise!).

We will celebrate our new CD release party on November 13 in The Shack. Check out the Facebook Event.

Thanks Groenlo!

September 8, 2016
Steven

We had a blast playing at the Grols Jazz Vesteval in Groenlo last weekend. Seeing both Dutch and German fans who were in the mood to party made the long drive up to Groenlo more than worthwhile!

Local newspaper De Weekkrant Oost-Gelre wrote (translated from Dutch):
“Blues at it’s best at cafe de Kroon from an incredibly good band, is what people tell each other while walking from bar to bar. In this case they’re talking about Little Steve & the Big Beat. The audience wouldn’t quiet down until the band had given an encore. Only then is the band allowed to pack up. The band won over the audience. The organisation of the Grols Jazz Vesteval has kept their promises; they only program the best of the best!”

 

 

New CD to be released in November!

August 21, 2016
Steven

It’s been a long time coming, but we are happy to say we have finished recording our upcoming debut CD. The CD will contain 11 original songs and 2 covers. The style of music could be best described as a mixture of Rhythm & Blues, Funk, Blues and Soul. Basically anything that flows out of us when we start to write without restricting ourselves. The best news is: it is scheduled to be released in November this year!

Stay tuned on this homepage, and don’t forget to like our Facebook page so you can stay up to date as well.

We took it easy on gigs this year to prepare for the CD, at the moment we are starting to accept gigs again. Looking for a band for your club or festival? Please contact us.

New Website

March 25, 2016
Steven

Welcome to our new website! The old website has been there with us from the start and we felt it was time for an update. We hope you like it!

New Year

January 25, 2016
Steven

2016 is already here. Time sure flies!  We hope it  still counts when we send you  a belated Happy New Year!
What’s coming up for the new year? We’re excited to tell you about two tours we’re working on.  We’re going to  tour Germany end of March/early April and we’re working on a UK tour for November. But before that all happens  we’ll be playing in Assen on the 30th of January. Check the gigs page for all details. Voting has closed for the Dutch Blues Awards. No matter who wins, we want to thank everybody for voting.

​Have a good one this year!

Merry Christmas All!

December 24, 2015
Steven

We’d like to  wish everybody out there a Merry Christmas!  We hope you get in to the groove and don’t have too much of that low-down blues! Here’s a little Charles Brown for you to get you in the mood!

We finished all our gigs for this year and will be back next year with a blast. First gig coming up is on January 30th in Assen (NL).

​Have a good ‘un!

Blues Matters Review

December 10, 2015
Steven

Last month we played for a great crowd of UK blues-cruisers, who attended P&O’s first blues cruise. Our lunchtime gig was held ashore in Amsterdam. Blues Matters magazine also attended our gig and wrote a fine review of the whole cruise. Here’s the part about our gig:

​”Little Stevie & the Big Beat proved a real coup – whilst virtually unknown in the UK they are highly thought of in the Netherlands (nominated for ‘Best Band’, ‘Best Vocalist’ and ‘Best Drummer’ in this year’s Dutch Blues Awards). Little Stevie van der Nat leads the band with fine vocals and clean, ringing lead guitar. A rhythm section of ‘Bird’ Stevens on bass and the youthful Jody van Ooijen on drums provide a perfect foundation for the band’s 50s/60s rhythm and blues. What sets this quintet apart though, is the wonderful brass section of Martijn van Toor on tenor and  Evert Hoedt on bariton saxes. The UK contingent was quick to show its appreciation and their warm applause clearly inspired the band to even greater heights. Wilbert Harrison’s Kansas City got the breakneck treatment whilst the languorous mood of Magic Sam’s Easy Baby was replicated in a fine vocal performance. Chuck Willis’ influence is sadly overlooked today by many but this band made amends with their take on his classic, oft-recorded, Feel So Bad.
Their own compositions, too, add to the oeuvre. Their 2014 single Brand New Man rocks along fueled by incessant horn-riffing and a soaring vocal from Stevie – whose phrasing and command of idiomatic English would shame many UK vocalists. Plans are advanced to bring this outstanding outfit across the water; see them and you’ll understand what the stalwart cruisers drinking at the Waterhole were making such a fuss about!”

3 nominations for Dutch Blues Awards 2015!

October 5, 2015
Steven

Much to our pleasant surprise we learned we are nominated for the Dutch Blues Awards 2015! Even more surprised were we when we figured we have 3 nominations; one each for Best Band, Best Vocalist and Best Drummer.

​Please support us by casting your vote using this link. Thanks!

Blues Peer 2015 Reviews

August 16, 2015
Steven

We had a blast at BRBF / Blues Peer 2015 last week! We appreciate the great responses we have received after this gig, and hope to be back in Belgium soon again.

Some great reviews have come in so we thought we’d share some with you:

TheBluesAlone:  “I spot many  people in the audience with a sense of amazement and joy on their faces, they’re surprised by the quality that this Dutch guy Steven is displaying. ‘Little’ Steven van der Nat has proven at Blues Peer that he and his band have matured. (…) We even feel a sense of pride when afterwards people talk to us about the quality of Little Steve & the Big Beat. These gentlemen displayed what they’re capable of doing at the 31st edition of Blues Peer.”

Bluesmagazine“These gentlemen received a  great response from the audience. They play nice swing varied by pure blues.8 The highlight was Double Trouble which showed impressive  lead guitar from Steven. The horn section is  essential for the great sound of this band, Martijn and Evert give it their all. Absolute bliss…”

BackToTheRoots: “We preferred Little Steve & the Big Beat. With their T-Birds inspired set this Dutch group  managed to keep us in front of the stage for  the duration of their  set.”

Bluesbreeker“A tight guitar player with a fresh sound, who changes lead parts between his guitar playing and the horn section.”