CD Baby 2013
Review by David Bowling
Steve Krase is now over two decades into his career. He has become a constant presence on the Houston music and Some Day is his long awaited second album, which appears nine years after 2004’s Easy Livin’.
Krase is a blues harpist/vocalist in the tradition of James Cotton. While he is listed as a solo artist, his sound is that of a full band in the tradition of the J Geils Band. Surrounding himself with the likes of guitarist James Henry, bassist Eugene Murray, keyboardist Bobby Markoff, drummer Mark Dufrene, and saxophonist Eric Demmer, plus assorted side musicians; he creates a full blues foundation that allows him to wail over the mix.
The album is split between originals and covers. His brother David penned five of the original tunes and his gift with lyrics and blues rhythms fit Steve’s talent and style well.
The cover songs are an eclectic lot. He rocks through a tribute to the J. Geils Band and their former lead singer with “Jealous Love” and “Did You No Wrong.” He changes the tempo on the Muddy Waters classic “Why People Like That” and it emerges as an up-tempo romp. He also adapts Wilko Johnson’s “She Does It Right” to his own unique style.
Hopefully Some Day will be Steve Krase’s coming out party as it is a solid blues album by an underrated vocalist and harpist.