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Paul & Rich Steward, the Son & Father, Native American, Ultimate Blues duo!!

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A new single release by Paul, "Come on Girl" is out and available now on all streaming stations: Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, YouTube, Pandora, Tidal, Amazon, and more! Listen now

 

October 5th, look for Twice As Good's new single "Honest I Do", a remake of the Jimmy Reed classic, to hit streaming.

 

thank you everyone, and keep rockin'!

Album Review in Blues Blast Magazine 

http://www.bluesblastmagazine.com/issue-15-6-february-11-2021/

A father-son duo who’ve been touring nationally since 2003, Twice As Good have seen more than their share of troubles since releasing their most recent album, That’s All I Need, seven years ago – surviving raging wildfires that charred California on an annual basis before coronavirus struck. But Rich Steward and son Paul are true blues survivors who set the nights ablaze with their own brand of tunes. 

Members of the Pomo tribe who call Elem Indian Colony on the shores of Clear Lake north of San Francisco home, the Stewards – aka 2XG — are among the most decorated Native Americans performing today after learning their trade from Richard’s mother and Hank Gonzalez, an older cousin and country music star who enjoyed a large following in the region. 

In addition to being semi-finalists in the 2016 International Blues Challenge, two of their previous albums took top honors in the Annual Indian Summer Music Awards, blending the blues of B.B. King, the soul of Al Green and the Indigenous rhythms of the reservation into a highly danceable style of music that’s all their own. 

Recorded and mixed at Elevated Studios in Santa Rosa, Calif., and the seventh album in their career, Paul handles most of the instrumentation, switching off lead guitar, bass keys harmonica, tenor sax and drums and Richard on rhythm guitar. He shares vocals with Richard, who handles rhythm guitar. They’re augmented by one-song guest appearances from Kevin Stewart and Robert Reason on keys, Robert Watson on bass and Julius Johnson on drums. 

Once the go-to set closer in Chicago, Freddie King’s familiar “Hide Away” kicks off the action, differing from the hundreds of previous covers because of the rapid-fire shuffle triplets from the bottom that drive it and clever turns during lead guitar breaks. The original, “Let’s Fall in Love,” takes the disc in another direction, opening with a brief keyboard intro that hints of a ballad before sliding quickly into a modern soul-blues that urges a lady to take a chance at romance – primarily because the couple are in the same room. 

“Come and Get Your Love” — a No. 5 Billboard Hot 100 hit for the rock band Redbone, a mix of Mexican-Americans and members with Yaqui and Shoshone heritage – undergoes a pleasant, percussive update perfect for the dance floor before a sprightly, traditional take on Elmore James’ “Shake Your Moneymaker” and reimagined retelling of B.B.’s “I Like to Live the Love” in which Paul surprisingly eschews King’s familiar six-string runs to make the song far more than a simple cover – a welcome break from the norm. 

The original “Walkin’” is a Steward original that’s built on the pattern of Jimmy Rogers’ Chicago blues, “Walking By Myself,” but differs enough in tempo, arrangement and lyrics to stand on its own. It gives way to a fresh, breezy rendering of Eddie Floyd’s ‘60s Memphis pleaser, “I’ve Never Found a Girl (to Love Me Like You Do),” which gets a jazzy update and a son-father call-and-response that would make the creator smile. 

The original ballad, “Don’t Give Up on Love,” flows effortlessly to follow as it offers up a bit of hope for the brokenhearted as it urges a romantic partner to give the singer one more chance for redemption. A fairly faithful reading of John Lee Hooker’s “Boom Boom” offers up fresh instrumental breaks before Paul’s “I’m Placing My Bet” – a loping blues delivered by Richard – doubles down in its promise to live life to the fullest to close. 

Available as a download from Spotify and other online sites or as a disc from the band’s website (address above), 2XG delivers an understated treat here for anyone with an ear for a good time. Upbeat and welcome in an era of doom and gloom. 

Blues Blast Magazine Senior writer Marty Gunther has lived a blessed life. Now based out of Charlotte, N.C., his first experience with live music came at the feet of the first generation of blues legends at the Newport Folk Festivals in the 1960s. A former member of the Chicago blues community, he’s a professional journalist and blues harmonica player who co-founded the Nucklebusters, one of the hardest working bands in South Florida.

New Recordings to Enjoy during the Shutdown 

 

 

 

 

 

 

four new singles out! During this pandemic shutdown, 2XG has been working hard in the studio to share new recordings for your listening enjoyment.

They are available to listen on Spotify, iTunes Music, YouTube, Tidal, and pretty music anywhere you can find music online. As well as right here on our website music player.

click on the channel names to access:

Spotify

Apple Music / iTunes

YouTube Music

 

2016 Best Blues/R&B Band by the Bohemian!! 

Twice As Good has won the North Bay Bohemian newspaper's annual music awards, The North Bay Music Awards, for best Blues/R&B band!!

2XG was founded in Santa Rosa in 2003 and now we are proudly recognized as a revered and well known band of the region.

2XG thanks their fans for their support and friendship through the years and dedicates their achievements to them.

Semi Finalists at the 2016 International Blues Challenge 

2XG made big waves and impressed many down on Beale Street, Memphis TN, this past week for the 32nd annual International Blues Challenge.

They performed all the way to the semi-finals, and their powerful and soulful show had both judges and fans alike grooving to the Blues! Thank you to all the fans for support and donations.

While they were down South, 2XG also paid tribute to the King of the Blues one last time with a visit to his final resting place. Long live the King!

Finalist in the 2015 Indian Summer Music Awards 

Twice As Good's latest CD, "That's All I Need," on their own 2XG records has been nominated/selected as a finalist in the Indian Summer Music Awards for the Blues Category. The ISMA's are presented by the Indian Summer Festival of Milwaukee WI and Rockit Records. Held annually at Summerfest Grounds/Henry Maier Park, Milwaukee.

We thank our fans, and hope that those attending the Indian Summer Festival this year root for us!

Nominated for the IMA's 

The 14th Annual Independent Music Awards, produced by the Music Resource Group, announced the nominees for this years awards and 2XG is proud to announce our CD, "That's All I Need" has been nominated in the Blues Album category!!

The IMA's have a feature for which the public (all you wonderful fans) can vote for us in the Vox Populi (People's Voice) selection by registering with the site www.independentmusicawards.com and then rating our CD in our category with a 5-star rating. We hope you do!

We are honored and would we thank the IMA organization for their recognition; and our fans for their encouragement, support, and appreciation. We dedicate our achievements to you!

Winners of the Silicon Valley Blues Society's Band Challenge 




















After 3 great rounds of music with a competitive spirit, great bands, and great audiences, Twice As Good has elevated and won the 2014 Silicon Valley Blues Society's Band Challenge.

For their victory, they get a spot to perform at the 2015 San Jose Jazz Festival, the upcoming December Holiday Party for the Silicon Valley Blues Society, a cash prize, and some free studio time.

The boys, (Paul, Rich, Rob, Robert, and Bobby), would like to thank their fans and thank the Society the great opportunity. It has been fun and we look forward to sharing music and having more fun parties in the future.

Learn more about the society at: SVBlues.org  and consider joining the great organization that serves to preserve wonderful music.

Interview on Native America Calling Radio Show 



On Wednesday, October 22nd 2014, at 1pm Eastern time (10am Pacific) Paul & Rich will be speaking with Tara Gatewood the host of the national radio show Native America Calling. They will be discussing the music, the band, and 2XG's latest CD release 'That's All I Need.'  Listeners can listen live on the internet by going to: http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/nac_listen.shtml and selecting on of the radio stations that broadcast it on the internet.

Nominated for a Nammy!! 

We are proud to announce that our 2012 CD, "Back To Clearlake Oaks," has been nominated for the 15th annual Native American Music Awards in the Blues Category.

The winner will be decided by popular vote, voting is open to everyone, so please vote for us by going to the official awards website:
 http://www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com/vote-now

Voting is open until November 12th. The Awards show is Friday November 14th in Salamanca, NY, at the Seneca Allegany Casino.

Concert at NMAI-Washington DC streaming on Youtube 

Here's the live footage of Twice As Good performing in Washington DC at the historic National Museum of the American Indian on the capitol mall of the USA. The concert was in conjunction with the Living Earth Festival and the celebration of the museum's 10th Anniversary year.

 
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Accomplishments & Awards

*Winners of the 2016 North Bay Music Awards by the North Bay Bohemian newspaper, Blues/R&B Band category, August 2016.

*Semi-Finalists in the 32nd annual International Blues Challenge, Memphis TN, January 2016.

*Representing the Clear Lake Blues Society, Lake County California, in the 2016 International Blues Challenge, November 2015.

*Nominated for an Indian Summer Music Award, Blues Album category, for CD "That's All I Need", Milwaukee WI, September 2015.

*Nominated for the 14th Independent Music Awards, Blues Album category, for CD "That's All I Need", Clifton NJ, March 2015.

*Featured on SiriusXM-BB King's Bluesville station, album "That's All I Need", September 2014.

*Winners of the Silicon Valley Blues Society Band Challenge, San Jose CA, November 2014.

*Nominated for the 15th Annual Native American Music Awards, "Back To Clearlake Oaks" CD. New York, 2014.

*Headlining Band at the Living Earth Festival by the National Museum of the American Indian, Washington DC, July 2014.

*Featured at the National Museum of the American Indian "Native Sounds Downtown" Concert Series, New York City NY, July 2014.

*Featured article in the Press Democrat, TimeOut section (Arts & Entertainment), Santa Rosa CA, March 7th, 2014.

*Winner of the Blues Category at the 10th Annual Indian Summer Music Awards, CD "Back To Clearlake Oaks", Milwaukee WI, September 2013.

*Great CD Review in Living Blues Magazine for album "Back To Clearlake Oaks", USA, December 2012.

*Headlining Band at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, Scottsdale AZ, April 2012.

*Headlining Band at the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming American Indian Day Festival, Miami FL, September 2011.

*Featured article in the San Francisco Chronicle Datebook (Arts & Entertainment), San Francisco CA, January 9th, 2011.

*Winners of the "Best Blues Recording" Award, 2010, the Native American Music Awards, album "If That's All Right With You", Niagara Falls NY, November 2010.

*Winners of the Last Band Standing Competition at Pala Casino Resort, Oceanside CA, October 2010.

*Awarded the "Best New Blues Band" Award by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame, Oakland CA, March 2010.

*Showcased band in the River Rock Casino T.V. commercial, Northern California, September 2009.

*Featured Showcase Entertainment for the Global Gaming Expo in Las Vegas NV, November 2008.

*KBSC-TV Recorded Concert Broadcasts, live at Everett's Bar & Club, Crescent City CA, June 2008.

*Nominated for an "Outstanding Musical Achievement" award by First Americans in the Arts, Beverly Hills CA, March 2008.

*On the cover of "News From Native California" magazine, Fall 2007 issue, Berkeley CA, October 2007.

*Winners of the "Battle of the Bands" at Coyote Valley Casino, Redwood Valley CA, November 2004.
Paul & Rich use Steve Clayton guitar picks and accessories by Clayton, Inc.