First Lady of Soul Trudy Lynn, Steve Krase & The Özdemirs presented Trudy’s new CD “I’ll Sing The Blues For You” at Das Andere Kino, Lehrte DE on 2017-12-16 in an admirable amazing show. The first time we saw these great artists during the BMA week 2016 in Memphis, TN at the Hard Rock Cafe and we were excited.
Trudy Lynn, a very charming and elegant lady, born on August 9, 1947 is an American electric blues and soul blues singer and songwriter, whose recorded work has been released on nine albums. The Allmusic journalist, Alex Henderson, noted that “Lynn isn’t one to hold back emotionally; like Koko Taylor and Etta James, she screams, shouts, testifies and gets her points across in a highly convincing way”.
Steve Krase was born in Brooklyn, NY and has spent time in Ohio, California and Louisiana. Now almost 30 years in Houston, Steve has blended his high-energy style with the soulful vibe that runs through the great city.
Steve began playing harmonica at age 16. “I was frustrated trying to teach myself guitar, but then I heard Neil Young play ‘Heart of Gold.’” he said. “I looked at the harmonica, saw that it only had 10 holes, and figured it couldn’t be that hard.” He picked up the Blues Harp book by Tony Glover and never looked back.
He draws his inspiration from several genres – Blues, Pub Rock, Punk, Country, Glam, and Electronica. However, Steves main musical influence is The J. Geils Band, the blues-rock band famous for the #1 hit, “Centerfold.” “I believe that band is the epitome of the way that all bands should play – leaving it all on the stage every night,” he explained.
Steve spent 10 years as the harp man for the legendary Houston band Jerry Lightfoot and The Essentials. After the Essentials broke up, Steve spent a few years as a sideman with Matt Leddy & The Meatcutters before forming Steve Krase & The In Crowd. Steve Krase & The In Crowd were winners of the 2004 and 2005 International Blues Challenge (IBC), moving on to the finals in Memphis both years. The Houston Press has nominated Steve Krase Band for Best Blues Band five times, Best Instrumentalist twice, and Best Player in 2016. The Steve Krase Band represented Houston in the 2017 IBC in Memphis, finishing in the semi-finals.
The Özdemirs are Erkan Özdemir (b), Kenan Özdemir (voc, g) and Levent Özdemir (dr). Erkan is playing with Memo Gonzalez’ Bluescasters and knows almost all clubs and festivals in Europe and he convinced his sons Kenan and Levent to form a blues band which was backing many well known American blues artists like Kirk Fletcher, Shawn Pittman , Memo Gonzalez, Sugaray Rayford, Mike Morgan, Holland K Smith, Trudy Lynn, Angela Brown.
Trudy Lynn + Steve Krase & The Özdemirs, Das Andere Kino, Lehrte DE 16.12.2017