“Guyger combines his tool, and soul, to make the harp sing, growl and roar like a freight train.” – Boston Blues Society
“[Radio Blues, Severn Records] is some damn fine dirty white blues, 100% in the tradition and made by a quintet nodding very heavily back to black origins.” – acousticmusic.com
Philadelphia is home to one of the finest blues harp players in the world, for nearly 40 years. 2009 Handy Award nominee Steve Guyger has been dishing out the finest blues. whether in a duo, trio, or with his band, The Excellos, Steve rocks the house with every gig.
Steve has toured with the late Jimmy Rogers, among others, and has played with many of the great Chicago bluesmen and contemporary players, yet remains one of the best kept secrets in blues. The late William Clarke called Steve “the best harp player I’ve ever seen.” Mark Hummel called him “a monster player.” If you’ve never heard him, you’re missing a major page in your blues portfolio.
Steve began playing harp in the late 60s. His brother turned him on to Paul Butterfield. His passion for the blues harp took him to Chicago, where he learned at the feet of the masters. With each trip he returned with refined skills, to the local bands in which he paid his dues.
Steve has shared the stage with Chicogo greats and contemporary harp players, including Little Sammy Davis, Carey Bell, Rick Estrin, Rod Piazza, Kim Wilson, Mark Hummel, Charlie Musselwhite among others. His playing, vocals, songwriting and stage presence have earned him a place among today’s finest players.
Steve still makes his home in Philly and can be seen at clubs in the tri-state area and touring with the New Legends of the Blues All-Stars.