Steve Kozak has just been nominated for a 2017 Western Canadian Music Award as Blues Artist of the Year!
One of Canada’s finest blues artists, Steve Kozak has been turning heads of blues fans in Canada for over thirty years since he first broke onto the Vancouver scene in the mid-eighties.
When it comes to tasty West coast blues guitar, Kozak’s name is at the top of the list in this nation -- just ask greats like Duke Robillard and James Harman who have shared the stage with this gifted bandleader, instrumentalist, writer and singer.
Gaining national recognition in 2012, Steve Kozak was nominated by industry professionals from across Canada and won a prestigious Maple Blues Award for New Artist or Group of the Year. Steve was also awarded The Ambassador of the Blues Award for 2012 by the Blues Underground Network.
Steve Kozak has recently released his newest album "It's Time, The Steve Kozak Band, in March of 2017. He has released three previous albums -- Steve Kozak – Westcoast Blues Revue (2003); Hoot ‘N Holler (2007), and Steve Kozak’s Westcoast Blues Revue - Lookin’ at Lucky (2012)
Kozak’s last self-promoted album Lookin’ at Lucky featuring Blues legend, James Harman, was very well received. It charted well on radio, twice reaching #1 spots on Blues and Roots radio station top 20 charts in Canada, and hitting #10 in the top 50 Blues albums, getting radio play in the USA the year it was released.
Bruce Iglauer, head of the prestigious Chicago blues label Alligator Records, reviewed Lookin’ at Lucky and confirmed Steve’s arrival, commenting: “This is a well-crafted album, performed with taste and subtlety. Any Blues fan should enjoy it; I sure did.”
Holger Petersen, host of CBC Radio’s Saturday Night Blues and head of Stony Plain Records says…“Really been enjoying 'Lookin' At Lucky'. Well done all round.”
Throughout his career Steve has shared the stage with many blues greats including; Pee Wee Crayton, Big Joe Duskin, Sonny Rhodes, Eddie ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, ‘Ice Pick’ James Harman, Duke Robillard, Rod Piazza, Rick Estrin, Lee Oskar, Big Joe Louis, Tom Holland ‘The Shuffle King’; David Vest, Robin Banks, Mitch Woods, Kenny Blues Boss Wayne, and rockabilly guitar legend Evan Johns.
Some career highlights include performances at the 2016 Salmon Arm Roots & Blues Festival; the 2014 Burnaby Blues & Roots Festival; Big Blues Bender All-Star Jam at the Riviera Casino lounge in Las Vegas; The El Macombo in Toronto, 2012; The Pender Harbour Blues Festival, 2010, 2013, 2014; Hwy.101 Music Festival; The Nanaimo Summertime Blues Festival, 2009, 2011, 2014, 2016The Calgary Mid-Winter Blues Festival 2013; The Edmonton International Blues Festival 2010, 2012; Powell River Blues Festival, 2011, 2012 Rare Earth Music Festival 2011 (Vernon BC); The Maple Ridge Blues Festival, The Gastown Chili and Blues Festival in Vancouver.
Steve Kozak has also opened shows in Vancouver for Nick Curran and the Low-Lifes, Rick Estrin and the Night Cats, Maria Muldaur, The Lee Boys, Matt & Nikki Hill and ‘Super Harp’ James Cotton.
The Steve Kozak Band is; Maple Blues Award winner Steve Kozak on guitar and vocals, Dave Webb (piano, Hammond organ), Roger Brant (bass), and 2016 Maple Blues Award nominee for best drummer, Chris ‘The Wrist’ Nordquist on drums.
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