Twice As Good is the professional name of the music duo formed by Paul Anthony Steward (Son, born 1984) and Richard James Steward (Father, born 1951) from Clearlake Oaks, CA. Pomo Indians of the Elem Indian Colony. Richard had grown up around music all his life, learned to play guitar and sing. He mostly admired the Blues & Soul. When Paul was a young teenager, Richard taught Paul to play guitar, encouraging him to be a Lead Guitarist. Paul, inspired by B.B. King began imitating the Electric Blues Guitar he heard on the radio and CD's, also practicing his vocals. Paul & Rich had played around with various bands in the beginning, gaining exposure and experience, but in May 2003 they debuted as "Twice As Good, 2XG" at Terry's Southern BBQ in Santa Rosa, CA. Since then they have been all over the the USA, independently released 7 albums, won 3 awards, shared the stage with many legends and famous artists, and continue to garner success and praise with Paul leading the band through flashy tunes, with soulful vocals, screaming guitar, and unbelievable stage presence.
The name "Twice As Good" isn't a claim of status. To Paul & Rich it is a dedication to hard work and quality of craft. About believing in one's self, not being shy, and having the courage to try something as hard as becoming a successful professional musician. They were once told, "you can't make it in the music business, you got to be twice as good". So they replied, "well all right then. We will be, Twice As Good".
*Nominated for the 14th Independent Music Awards, Blues Album category, Clifton NJ, March 2015.
*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, New York City and Washington DC, 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, 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, by the Native American Music Awards for the 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.