Trevor Babajack Steger
Album: Sawdust Man
Label: Self Released
Founder member and co-song writer of the successful band ‘Babajack’ brought him to the forefront of the British Blues scene where he has been nominated numerous times for Best Harmonica Player along with Best Album and Song in the British Blues Awards.
He has come flying out of the gate with this, his first solo release, making us take notice of the fact that he needs no band to surround his own brand of Blues, drawing from his love of early rural blues, punk and world music. Using slide guitar, harp and stomp box to create his unique sound which is both exciting and real.
' Sawdust Man ' is a revelation, a hybrid of all Trevor's early influences and experiences, they say you have to live the blues to be able to perform it with authenticity, well, this man has an amazing amount of experiences to draw from and he proves what a spectacular performer and songwriter he is.
Raised on listening to his mother, a club singer in the sixties and the only two records in his parents record collection, Johnny Cash and Rory Gallagher, his musical journey began. In the late seventies he started out by playing bass in a number of local punk bands. he cites Sonny Boy Williamson as an influence, add in travels across Europe and Africa and you have enough material to write a great book never mind an epic debut solo album like this.
Even the name ' Babajack ' has an amazingly powerful story behind it, in the early 90's, Trevor was in Zimbabwe. Living and working with the Shona people in Mashonaland East. During this time Trevor's first son, Jack was born. According to Shona custom, the father takes his son's name, so from that day forward, Trevor was known as 'Babajack': The father of Jack.
I was going to say at this point, ' Enough of the stories, lets get to the music ', but, that's the point with this wonderful release, the stories and music are interwoven and have shaped the sounds that come from the man that is ' Babajack '.
You really feel what's to come on the first song, which is also the title track to the album, it's truly badass wicked playing, with mesmerizingly gravelly vocals, it hooks you in and demonstrates the power of performer and song, a great set up track of what lies ahead, the next nine tracks do not disappoint, with sublime demonstrations of resonator, cigar box, slide guitar and harp playing and top notch songs like ' Sawdust Man ', ' Runaway Train ', ' Red Boots ' and I could name many more.
This has to be in your collection if you are a Blues & Roots music fan, if you have not heard of Trevor Babajack Steger before, you will be a huge fan after you listen to this release, and venues and festivals take note, he sounds just like the album when you hear him live.