Steve Kozak's the West Coast All-stars
Calgary Midwinter Bluesfest (2013)
Vancouver born Steve Kozak has been a mainstay on the western Canadian Blues scene since the mid-eighties. Backed by some of Vancouver's top musicians Kozak has built a reputation as one of Canada's premier Blues acts and is known as the go to guy in Vancouver for the west coast Blues sound. An accomplished and tasty guitar player with a relaxed vocal style Kozak has been winning over fans performing his up-tempo brand of jump, swing and working man's blues to enthusiastic audiences throughout the Pacific Northwest and western Canada. Gaining national recognition in 2012 Steve Kozak has been nominated by industry professionals from across Canada for a 2013 Maple Blues Award for New Artist or Group of the year.
His latest and most highly anticipated CD release 'Lookin' at Lucky' featuring special guest James Harman has been very well received by Blues Fans and industry professionals alike.
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."
Bruce Iglauer head of Alligator records & artist management says "This is a well-crafted album, performed with taste and subtlety. Any Blues fan should enjoy it; I sure did."
Some recent highlights for Steve and his band have been performing at some great festivals and clubs including The Edmonton Intl. Blues Festival 2010 and 2012, Powell River Blues Festival, 2011 & 2012, Nanaimo Blues Festival 2009, 2011, Pender Harbour Blues Festival, 2010, Rarearth Music festival 2011 in Vernon BC and more. Steve was awarded by the Blues Underground Network, The Ambassador of the Blues Award for 2012.
Steve Kozak's WestCoast All-Stars features:
Steve Kozak on guitar and vocals, throughout his career Steve has shared the stage, and performed with many Blues greats including; Pee Wee Crayton, James Harman, Big Joe Duskin, Sonny Rhodes, Eddie 'The Chief' Clearwater, Duke Robillard, Rod Piazza, Rick Estrin, Mark Hummel, Lee Oskar, Nick Curran, Big Joe Louis, Mitch Woods, Tom Holland, Kenny Blues Boss Wayne, Miss Robin Banks, and Rockabilly guitar legend Evan Johns.
Dave Webb on piano and organ, a fixture in the Vancouver Blues scene since the 70's Dave has played with many top west coast bands starting out with his brother Tim Hearsey in John 'The Colonel' Furman's Vancouver band Juke, Danny Tripper Band, Danny Mack's Cement City Cowboys, The Belaire's, Jim Byrnes, Powder Blues, and the legendary James Harman.
Roger Brant on bass, Roger has been playing the fender bass professionally since 1972, focusing primarily on blues and R&B since 1976. He has appeared with such noted artists as Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Dr. John, Maria Muldaur, Otis Rush, Bo Diddley, Amos Garrett, and David Burgin, as well as Canadian bands Houndog and Powder Blues.
Chris "The Wrist" Nordquist on drums, Chris is regarded by his peers as one of the best in the blues. He has performed and recorded with many of the legends of American roots and blues music including ;Taj Mahal, Robert Lockwood Jr., Jay Mc Shann, Sunnyland Slim, Lowell Folsom, Louisanna Red, Bo Diddley, John Hammond Jr., Mary Wells, The Shirelles, Big Joe Duskin, Katie Webster, Long John Baldry, Guitar Shorty Pinetop Perkins and many others.
He is a perennial and current nominee for the Maple Blues award for Drummer of the Year. Chris has performed at many of the world's great music festivals including; Montreal, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Portland, Chicago, Montreax Switzerland, Canne ,France Jakarta, Indonesia, Oslo, Norway and Fochabers ,Scotland.