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Update 9/ 20/14
"On the Road Again"
This week I will be winging my way to Canada to play the Canadian Music Awards with solo artist Ed Cope. The band includes members from Bryan Adams Band. Looking forward!
My best selling Steve Fister Band CD "Live Bullets" is reissued!
Here is a review:
Review by Nightwatcher for Rock N Roll Universe
One of the most underrated players of the past decade, California based guitarist Steve Fister is back with a blistering live set of smoking hot blues rock, recorded live in Oldenburg, Germany on the 35th of 36 dates on his 2006 European tour. Featuring no overdubs, this is a stellar showcase for one of rock's best kept secrets, as the stellar trio rips through a collection of tracks from all of his prior studio albums with abandon, leaving no doubt that this is the real deal.
The album leaps from the starting gate with a rousing version of the instrumental "True Grit" from Fister's excellent 'Age Of Great Dreams' release, and from this point on never looks back. Masterfully switching gears from high octane blues rock such as "She's Ain't Lonesome" to contemplative pieces like "Age Of Great Dreams" or the heavy rock of the crowd pleasing medley "Baby Please Don't Go/3rd Stone From The Sun/Radar Love" with ease, this is the work of a well seasoned player. One who hearkens back to the glory days of rock when actual musicianship mattered. Influenced in equal parts by Jeff Beck, the 3 Kings (B.B., Albert and Freddie) and the sounds of classic 70's hard rock, the former Pat Travers/Steppenwolf/Lita Ford guitarist can hang with the best of them.
Unlike too many who concentrate on merely the technical, Fister is a well rounded musician for whom the song is what matters. Although technically brilliant when need be, it's never an end in itself. A gifted vocalist as well, he shines in a live setting. Without the gloss of the studio to smooth things out, the vocals are suitably gritty and authentic, which adds to the overall presentation. Fister even breaks out the old talk box during the middle of "J.B. Meets J.B." (Jeff Beck meets James Brown), launching into a snippet of Peter Frampton's "Do You Feel Like We Do", validating the claim that give a guitarist this effect and sooner or later, this will ensue! But, it sounds great, and works quite well. Supported wonderfully by bassist Barend Courbois and drummer Hans in’t Zandt, forming a tight, hard driving rock trio whom sound at home with the material, the three give impassioned performances throughout. Never one to hog the spotlight, Fister allows these two ample time to display their considerable talents and then some.
German audiences are notoriously hard to please, dating back to the days of The Beatles, but by the time the last notes of the encore, "Pay Bo Diddley" ring out, it's met with a fantastic reception, leaving the cheering crowd wanting more. It's quite obvious that a splendid, magical time was had by all, and one which makes one wish they were there to witness, which is a hallmark of a great live album.
The bottom line here is, if you're a blues rock fan, or for that matter a fan of excellent guitar work, you can't go wrong with this one. Once you've heard what's on offer here, do yourself a favor and pick up any of the earlier releases as well, which feature performances by some of rock's great players such as Stu Hamm, Tommy Aldridge, Carmine Appice, Reese Wynans and Tony Franklin.
You won't be disappointed, and all come highly recommended. 10/10
The mixing of "The Tri-fecta" CD with Ric Fierabracci, Ray Brinker is nearing completion. Look for a early fall release date, with a European tour to follow! Here are some videos from recent shows:
Update: May 1, 2014
The Tri-fecta Blues Band @ the world famous Ice House May 17
Recording News: Ric Fierabracci, Ray Brinker and I, start recording the basic tracks for the Tri-fecta Blues Band Debut CD on May 12th to 15th. We have a ton of new songs to track. Look for a late summer release! We will be filming the "making of" as well. Stay tuned for video updates.
Endorsement news: Godin Guitars! I just received a great Godin Montreal Premiere Guitar. It's a semi hollow body instrument with a Bigsby Trem. A versitle rocking blues machine with an innovative and unique "breathe-through" carved spruce core. Check out www.godinguitars.com
UPDATE MARCH 2014
Yes it's true The "Trifecta" Blues Band is rocking the world famous Baked Potato on April 3. Come and witness a blues fusion throw-down with Ric Fierabracci, Ray Brinker, and myself!
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Update JANUARY 2014
Happy New Year to all!
Lots of cool thing happening for the new year. The Tri-fecta Blues Band starts recording their debut
Meanwhile we have a great way to start the new year!
The Tri-fecta Blues Band Live @ Alvas Showroom, Saturday Jan 11, 2014. 1417 W. Eight Street, San Pedro, CA 90732 800-403-3447.
"A hard core blues throw down"..
Update October 2013
Two chances to see the "Tri-fecta" Blues Band this month!
Come and see the show!
One of my songs "JB meets JB" has been chosen for THE LONER - A Tribute To Jeff Beck. It will be released by esc records in Germany. www.esc-records. I Love Jeff Beck and I'm proud to be part of the CD release.
UPDATE: Update August 7th 2013
In addition to the Steve Fister Band, I will be playing shows with "Tri-Fecta" a hard core progressive blues trio. The lineup: Ric Fierabracci on bass/vocals, (Chick Corea and a million others) and Tom Brechtlein on drums (Robben Ford and the Blue Line and a million more) and me on guitars and vocals!
First show is Oct. 8, Alves Showroom, 1417 W. Eight Street, San Pedro, CA 90732
More dates on the way!!
Update: Feb 2013 Show info: The Steve Fister Band will be playing Saturday Feb 23, 9:30pm @ The Ice House Comedy Club - 24 N. Mentor Ave. - Pasadena, CA 91106
NAMM News! Steve had a blast playing dobro at the Kala booth with the great Philip Bynoe. Be sure and check out http://kalaukulele.com
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