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Steve Strongman plugged in again on Let Me Prove it to You

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While Maple Blues Award Winner and 2014 nominee Steve Strongman unplugged, more less on his last album, on his latest CD  “ Let Me Prove it to You,” he plugs back in. He proves that things are as they should be— plugged in, loud and fun.Click here to hear Steve Strongman
 He gets a little funky on “ Ain’t Nobody Like You and again on “ Can You Feel it.”
But for the most part,  “Let Me Prove it To you is straight ahead beautiful blues rock music.
Strongman continues to show prodigious guitar chops, so it is not without reason he has not only been nominated for guitarist of the year, entertainer of the year and electric  act of the year for the Maple Blues Awards.
He plays some subtle slide guitar on a couple of tracks including  “Get Used To It.”
and on the catchy “ It Ain’t the First Time.”
 He also shows not only his sense of humour but also the fact he is growing up on my favourite track “We’re Going out Tonight” in which he holds a conversation with one of his bad influence buddies trying to drag him out on the town instead of staying home with his family. He starts off slow as his buddy tries to convince him to go out and picks up the pace with a hot, country tinged guitar solo when he caves in to peer pressure.
The  acoustic foot stomping number “ Older ” has  a similar theme. “ I’m growing older, but I’m not old,” he observes in it.
“Looking for Trouble,” features more sweet slide and some tasteful harp playing from Guy Belanger reminding me of Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer. A couple of the songs including “ What I Believe” feature Strongman paying harp. He also plays bass on the track.
 “ There’s Something Going On” is an addictive blues rocker and another of my favourites on the CD.
 So if you like blues music and slide guitar and a touch of harp, you will love Steve Strongman.

–by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
CD: Let Me Prove it To You
Artist: Steve Strongman
Genre: blues
Record label: Sonic Unyon
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