Little Steve & the Big Beat are a high-energy Rhythm & Blues outfit; fiery guitar playing and strong vocals on top of a solid rhythm section. All the while the horns add a groove that will get your hands clapping and feet moving! Little Steve & the Big Beat stay true to tradition while not merely imitating, but adding their own voice to this expressive style of music.
Within just a couple years, Little Steve & the Big Beat have played major festivals and clubs in their home country and abroad, such as De Zwarte Cross (NL), Blues Peer (BE), North Sea Jazz Club (NL), Breda Jazz Festival (NL), Seven Nights to Blues (FR), Nuit Du Blues (FR), and many more. Their single Brand New Man (Dec 2014) receives regular airplay on Belgian national radio while their album ‘Another Man’ was in the top 3 of most played albums in the UK (Independent Blues Broadcasters Association, Jan 2017). And they have been nominated by the Dutch Blues Foundation for “Best Band”, “Best Vocalist” and “Best Drummer” for the Dutch Blues Awards 2015.
Based in the Netherlands and formed around Steven van der Nat on guitar and vocals, Little Steve & the Big Beat started playing in January 2013. Shortly after the band already received raving crits, often describing Little Steve & the Big Beat as a top-band and a possible closing act for festivals.
In May 2013 the band released their first EP, consisting of 3 original tunes (Working Overtime, Hard Times and Count On You) and 2 covers (Feel So Bad, Slip Away).
In 2015 the band successfully toured with Texan guitar-ace Mike Morgan.
In November 2016 their highly anticipated debut CD “Another Man” was released, which soon received many positive reviews:
“Only the best of the best musicians can swing like this.” - Lust for Life
"An incredibly pleasant listening experience." - Jazzism
"Roll out the 'vintage zebracarpet' for Little Steve & the Big Beat. Irresistible!" - Written in Music
"What else does a person want? Listen to them once and you are sold!" - CtrlAltCountry
“The hottest Dutch rhythm and blues sensation ever, a sublime horn section, stunnin' rhythm section and this Little Steve is an excellent guitarslinger with a soulful voice too." - Rootsville
Next to Steven van der Nat on vocals and guitar the band consists of Thomas Streutgers and Evert Hoedt on tenor and baritone saxophones, Bird Stevens on bass and Jody van Ooijen on drums.
“The productions sounds fantastic and the band swings like no other. Only the best of the best musicians can swing like this, that’s why we give these new kids on the block a big fat four stars!” - Lust for Life
"This band is unbelievably good!" - Back To The Roots Magazine
"An incredibly pleasant listening experience." – Jazzism
“Debut album ‘Another Man’ reminds us of 60’s Stax recordings.” – Gitarist
“He’s got a nice voice and plays guitar excellently. Little Steve & the Big Beat show us how to mix R’n’B with rock ‘n roll!” – Music Maker
"Little Stevie and the Big Beat proved a real coup. See them and you'll understand what all the fuss is about!" - Blues Matters!
"Terrific band!" - Mark Hummel
"Great guys and they have a real tight sound - a tuff band!" - Charles Baty
"Tight band with superb vocals. The guitar solos made the hairs stand up on the back of your neck - an outstanding performance." - Blues in Britain
"Roll out the 'vintage zebracarpet' for Little Steve & the Big Beat. Irrisitable!" - Written in Music
"A fantastic CD! This new band doesn’t just come knocking at the door, they kick it wide open." – Rootstime
"What else does a person want? Listen to them once and you are sold!" – CtrlAltCountry
“It's like you shake James Hunter and Si Cranstoun in a bowl and you become the hottest Dutch rhythm and blues sensation ever, a sublime horn section, stunnin' rhythm section and this Little Steve is an excellent guitarslinger with a soulful voice too!” - Rootsville
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