Mississippi Roots and Bluesman Rambling Steve Gardner, based in Tokyo, Japan, plays original, acoustic roots and country blues music; finger picking and slide on National Reso-phonic guitars, with harmonica, banjo, washboard and a variety of hand made instruments. He combines his music and story telling into a musical journey through the history of American music from the early 1800’s up to the 1950’s. He touches on some of the important lives, times, events and people that helped shape American music through its many forms from broadsides and ballads, spirituals, blues, folk, jazz, rock’n roll and beyond.
RamblingSteve Gardner plays and tours Japan, where many of his tours have been sponsored by the Cultural Affairs section of the United States, Department of State as well as several Universities in Japan including Meiji University, Waseda University, Meiji Gakuin University. He also tours in: Singapore, Indonesia, Austria, Germany and the South-eastern United States. Rambling Steve Gardner plays solo and with the JERICHO ROAD SHOW.
Growing up down in Mississippi, Rambling Steve Gardner heard, learned from and sometimes played with blues greats: Sam Chatmon, Booby Barnes, Jessie Mae Hemphill, Jack Owens, Frank Frost to name but a few. On tour in Austria he opened shows for Kim Wilson and The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Mojo Bufford, Shemekia Copeland; in Japan, Gate Mouth Brown, Howard Tate, Jimmy and Eddie Burns, Jimmy Dawkins, Corey Harris, Harmonica Shaw. In the U.S. he plays and records with Washboard Chaz, of Play For Change along with Bill Steber of the Jake Leg Stompers.
CDs to date by Rambling Steve Gardner include his latest and sixth release on Blues Cat Records(2012), HESITATION BLUES, which follows WOOLY BULLY EXPRESS (2010) and WALKING THE DOG (2009) both with the JERICHO ROAD SHOW along with JERICHO (2007), Big Delta Crossing (2005) , Rambling With The Blues (2002).
Rambling Steve Gardner is featured in the DVD/Double CD, Jessie Mae Hemphill and Friends, Dare You To Do It Again (2004).
“Walkin’ The Dog” was chosen by New Orleans community radio WWOZ as one of the top ten best releases in for 2009. “Been On The Job Too Long”, Rambling Steve Gardner’s original tune off of JERICHO was nominated for Best Political Song of the Year (2008) by The Just Plain Folks international music awards, Nashville, TN.