Blues Album of the Year 2018

Steve Strongman

No Time Like Now

Category:

Blues Album of the Year

Year:

2018

Label:

Sonic Unyon

Modern and timeless, Strongman’s No Time Like Now is a slab of reinvigorated 21st-century blues. An intoxicating shot of raw electrified blues, the album captures the performer riding a surge of new energy. The album is a shout-out to a lifelong love of blues in all its shapes and shadings, from rough-hewn electric blues, blue-collar hollers and swampy stompers to soulful groovers and hushed, heartfelt ballads. More than anything, the album reconnects with the primal force and emotional clout of dirty blues. Award-winning Canadian bluesman Steve Strongman is a versatile talent, and a restless one. By constantly pushing himself in new directions, he has kept himself vital. His talent is huge and impossible to miss, and it’s matched by his staggering musical ambition — as guitar-slinger, songwriter or vocalist. Strongman is a subtle shape-shifter who manages to slip that trap without betraying the music he loves. Throughout, he never sounds an inauthentic note or loses touch with the essence of the blues. No Time Like Now offers tribute to blues-rock as a full-blooded, living thing, not a museum piece. With No Time Like Now, one of this country’s most talented and compelling blues players becomes a juggernaut.