Montreal May 12, 2008 – Espace Dell’Arte is soon to be rocked by Steve Rowe and the launch of his new CD, Five. The show will include Quebec favorites Jean Millaire, Jim Zeller, Bob Harrisson and the one and only Stephen Barry. With other surprise guests, it’s guaranteed to be a great night of original music.
Five was written with Steve’s longtime bassist, composer Alec McElcheran. From early Blue Note jazz, it detours to New Orleans’ Mardi-Gras, back in time for some 30s jump blues, ending with a side trip to Memphis for a mid-60s Stax groove.
Steve and the band remain true to the powerful blues sound that leaves plenty of room to let loose. Five delivers the solid drumming of Sam Harrisson, and features his uncle, Bob Harrisson, displaying his rarely heard mastery of brushes. With vocals shared between Steve and Alec, Five brings a level of artistry and tradition that only comes after years of la vie en blues.
Montreal’s Steve Rowe has been one of the best-kept secrets in Canada’s blues community, but that should be about to change. The singer-songwriter-guitarist has just released a CD of 15 originals called “Five,” and it is his best and most versatile project to date. From the Memphis-flavoured funky soul of “The Black Hole” to the jazzy licks of “More Grits” to the rollicking shuffle of “Merry-Go-Round Blues,” Rowe and the killer band have created a musical tour de force that stands tall among the best blues albums of 2008.” (Brant Zwicker, At the Crossroads, Vancouver CIFM, CFRI, CFFM)