Cliff Stevens
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Cliff Stevens

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | SELF

Montréal, Quebec, Canada | SELF
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Pointe-claire, Quebec, Canada

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Nominated for Album of the Year by Le Lys Blues 2010 - Le Lys Blues

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On l’a souvent vu associé en tant que guitariste pour de nombreux groupes de la grande région métropolitaine, cette fois-ci il revient sous les projecteurs avec son propre album éponyme signé Cliff Stevens.

Sur les 15 titres proposés, 8 sont originaux avec de nombreux collaborateur tel que David Paul Neil, R.D. Harris, Gordon Adamson, Clement Rosa, Dominique Chapados à la batterie, Joël Sacks, Stuart Patterson, Maypo, Rheal Jutras à la basse, Brian Hodkiss au clavier, Phil Bech à l’orgue et piano, Bob Stagg au piano et accordéon, John McDiarmid au piano, John Maclean, Biz Oliver à l’orgue et piano David Scott Maclean à la guitare et Rachel Kapasi aux harmonies vocales.

À la première pièce WHY YOU SO MEAN TO ME (R. Lyon), ce Shuffle nous place immédiatement sur les rails pour un voyage d’influence des plus grands guitaristes de la planète. Sa voix légèrement éraillée est personnalisé et s’apparente quelque peu à son idole (Eric Clapton). On y découvre aussi dans deux de ses compositions DONT’ DO ME NO MORE et DON’T WALK AWAY l’excellent guitariste à la Slide qu’il est.
Il casse littéralement la baraque avec cet autre original instrumental intitulé FINGER EXPRESS, un Boogie d’enfer qui fait taper le pied assurément.

L’enregistrement studio est impeccable, les interprétations aussi, l’auteur à de quoi être fier de cette réalisation. On y perçoit une vie de blues passionné. BRAVO!

Often associated as guitarist for numerous artists and groups in the Montreal area, Cliff Stevens has released his long awaited self titled CD. Containing 15 tracks, 8 are original. A number of different and well known local players are featured on the different tracks.

The first track WHY YOU SO MEAN TO ME, is a shuffle that immediately sets the pace for the album with guitarwork that is influenced by some of the greatest guitarists on the planet. His voice is remeniscent of Eric Clapton - it is no secret that Stevens is the world's number 1 Eric Clapton impersonator.
We hear excellent slide guitar work on two original compositions - DONT’ DO ME NO MORE and DON’T WALK AWAY. The barnburner FINGER EXPRESS is a chickenpickin' original that will definitely get the feet tapping.

The studio recording and performance is impeccable, and Stevens should be proud of this work. We hear in his music a life lived with the blues. BRAVO!

Cliff Stevens self-titled album spent over 18 months on Real Blues Magazine's Top 100 New CD List. - Real Blues Magazine

"A fine calling card for this talented musician - fine slide...finely wrought vocal style...quality songs" - Blues Matters Magazine (UK)

Cliff Stevens sings and plays his heart out - this artist is one of the best discoveries on the Preservation Blues Review CD! - Les Amis du Blues

Said the Wrong Thing written by blues guitarist Cliff Stevens is my theme song! - Dave Bronstetter - CBC Daybreak

Cliff Stevens is a blues guitarist of amazing talent! - Enjeux International


1997 Preservation Blues Review
2001 Said the Wrong Thing
2009 Cliff Stevens



CLIFF STEVENS is first & foremost a blues guitarist in the style of Eric Clapton & Freddie King. Couple that with strong songwriting with pop sensibilities & good vocal skills and you have a very accessible artist with excellent crossover appeal.His latest album entitled 'Cliff Stevens' contains blistering blues tracks as well as eight original songs. Real Blues Magazine recently awarded Stevens "Top 10 Blues Guitarists - Top 10 Albums - Best Original Song" in their annual awards.

Cliff Stevens is a full-time working professional musician who has played thousands of live gigs in Canada (including The Montreal International Jazz Festival) & Morocco. He averages 240 nights/year live performances. He has a BFA & Masters degree from Concordia University in Montreal with a specialty in jazz and is currently performing at a Sofitel in Agadir, Morocco until mid-May when he returns home to prepare for the recording of his new album.


Cliff Stevens has been playing guitar professionally for longer than he sometimes cares to admit, around 35 years to be vaguely precise. Like so many blues musicians before him, he spent much of his career displaying his significant talents in relative obscurity as a sideman with various travelling groups. Crowds ranged anywhere from 14,000 at the Montreal International Jazz Festival to 1,400 at the Medley Club in Montreal to 14 drunks in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.

Like a moth to a flame, Stevens was drawn irresistibly to the blues genre. He recalls learning to play at 13 jamming for hours to slow blues in a coffee house in his home town of Montreal that was a hot bed for Canadian guitarists like Frank Marino of Mahogany Rush and being influenced by the foremost British and American blues rock guitarists of the day,Eric Clapton & Johnny Winter. “Clapton just jammed all night long and I was blown away,” Stevens says of a Cream concert that he attended in Montreal in 1968. “I then saw Johnny Winter in 1970 and memorized every lick I could.”

The non-stop grind of six-nights a week on the road mixed with alcohol and drugs took its toll. “I was burned out, disillusioned, I badly needed a break,” says Stevens who stepped away from music from 1982 to 1985 to drive taxi in Toronto.

He also went back to school earning a Masters Degree in Music and Education from Concordia University in Montreal and explored other musical styles. “I really got into jazz for a while but I kept getting calls for blues gigs and had no real opportunity to master the jazz language,” he says.

After 7 years of sobriety, Stevens headed back out on the road but suffered a relapse while performing in Morocco. “It lasted close to 3 years and almost did me in – it was really rough,” he confides.

Alcohol and drug-free since 1998 and with a renewed focus on his forte of the blues, Stevens’ solo career has taken flight. Two songs, Said the Wrong Thing and Crying My Heart Out that he composed in Paris in 1997 appeared to much acclaim on the Preservation Blues Review compilation CD.

“Stevens sings & plays his heart out – one of the best discoveries on the album” – Les Amis du Blues (Canada)
“Said the Wrong Thing is my signature song”- Dave Bronstetter CBC Radio
“Said The Wrong Thing & Crying My Heart Out showcase Cliff Stevens fluid playing" - Real Blues Magazine

In 2009, Stevens released his self-titled debut album comprised of 15 tracks, 8 of them original. It spent 18 months on the Top 100 New CD chart and was nominated for Album of the Year by Le Lys Blues. Real Blues Magazine ranked it among the top 10 Canadian blues albums of 2009, Stevens among the top 10 blues guitarists and awarded Don’t Walk Away for Best Original Song.

"Top 10 Albums-Top 10 Guitarists-Best Original Song" - Real Blues Magazine
"Impeccable performances & recording...excellent guitarist!” - (Canada)
“A fine calling card for this talented musician…finely wrought vocal style…fine slide…quality songs” - Blues Matters Magazine (UK)
'Album of the Year' (nomination) - Le Lys Blues (Canada)

With his Clapton-like looks, raspy vocals and vast knowledge and virtuosity as a blues guitarist, Stevens is recognised as the world’s premier Eric Clapton impersonator, faithfully and respectfully recreating the music of a legend and one of his formative influences.

He is currently working on his second CD, tentatively titled Grass Won’t Grow scheduled for release this year. A great guitarist who sings the blues with the road-hardened voice of experience, Cliff Stevens is a must see.

Cliff Stevens has lived, breathed and truly has….a heartload of BLUES!


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