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Only two years after suffering a stroke and going blind on stage, troubadour Steve Poltz is back doing what he loves - making fans laugh, cry and feel pure emotion.
An improvisational storyteller, the Nashville-based Poltz often spins the true tale of a Mexican drug bust with his girlfriend Jewel which led to writing "You Were Meant for Me”, the sixth longest running song on Billboard’s Hot 100.
He is a Halifax-born, California-raised dual citizen (but if a hostage situation breaks out he’s conveniently Canadian). A spectrum of cultural and emotional tensions have arisen from that displacement, and he's found his sanctuary in the creative energy of live performance.
A musical legend in his hometown of San Diego as its “Most Influential Artist of the Decade”, Steve reached renown as the daring, unpredictable lead singer of the raucous 80’s rock band, The Rugburns.
The surprise sleeper hit of any festival or unsuspecting audience, the former punk rocker has been known to hurl himself off stage for a spontaneous crowdsurf and then continue his uninhibited performance. The rock’n’roll passion artfully contradicts the tenderness of Steve’s masterful instrumental or folk-influenced songs.
Over the course of his life Steve met Elvis Presley, trick-or-treated at Liberace’s house, was Bob Hope’s favorite altar boy (according to Steve), bravely traveled the world busking before he knew how to do it, infamously accosted David Cassidy and can count some of the world’s coolest people as cultish fans (including Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak).
He creates songs and stories on the spot – no set list, no script - to be free to react instantly to the mood of an audience. Poltz shows are like snowflakes: no two are the same.
Audiences leave his show blissfully confused and wanting more, put through the ringer of heartfelt emotion and the highest joy. Friends forever.
A Steve Poltz live show is unclassifiable experience. He is a life-force all his own.
- 'My son Ben's favourite ever gig at The Plough' Sean Harrison (Box Office Manager)