Steven Troch

Biography

Steven Troch is singer and harp player for the highly appreciated Belgian band "FRIED BOURBON". He draws inspiration from harp masters Big Walter Horton   Little Walter, Sonny Boy Williamson II and  Gary Primich, William Clarke, Steve Baker & Joe Filisko. Steven embraces the exciting bluessounds of Chicago and combines that with different influences, always adding his own personal touch. In 2012 he was the winner of David Barrett’s “King of Swing Contest” and had the honor to share the stage with Mark Hummel, Charly Musslewhite, Billy Boy Arnold, Sugar Ray Norcia, Curtis Salgado and David Barrett during “Mark Hummel’s Harmonica Blowout” at Yoshi’s Jazzclub in Oakland, USA.

After seeing the movie “Crossroads” which features Ry Cooder’s music with Sonny Terry on bluesharp, Steven became interested in different forms of American roots music. Ry’s slide had send shivers up and down his spine and Sonny Terry’s howling harp sound haunted him late at night. Instead of going to the crossroads to sell his soul to the devil he went to the local music shop to buy a harmonica. In 1993 Steven bought his first harmonica, a Hohner Special 20 in G, and soon the instrument would play an important role in his future live. 2 years later he was fronting his first band and after winning a local talent show Steven was playing 30 shows a year. In 2001 he joined forces with guitar player and kindred spirit Tim Ielegems to form blues and boogie band “Fried bourbon”. Soon the band impressed critics and audiences alike with its straight-ahead blues and boogie music and it's been noted for its own interpretations of blues material. They've played in Belgium, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, France and Germany and backed up several international blues artists.

Troch had the pleasure to share the stage with the great James Harman, New York Skaband The Slackers, bluespianist Gene Taylor, Atlanta bluesman Bill Sheffield, Bill Abel, Tim Lothar, John Primer,  Joe Buddy,  John Németh, Hugh Pool, David Hillyard & the Rocksteady 7, Joe Filisko & Eric Noden,  Bluesguru Roland Van Campenhout, Mandy Gaines, New Jersey beatnik  Vic Ruggiero, Bill Barrett and Ryan Donohue, Rene Trossman Little Victor, Nublues and others.
Steven has recorded for and at the Belgian national television & radio, and appeared as a guest musician on recordings by others. He gives harmonica workshops on a regular base and is cofounder of the “Belgian Harmonica Fanatics” meet up group.

Albums

Natural Born Houdini
Boogie Blend Blues
Deep Fried!
Gravy Train

Band

Fried Bourbon