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Steve Goldberger

Since the early 70’s Steve Goldberger has been a band leader, songwriter and freelance bass player/vocalist. Today he keeps busy with his bands The Niagara Rhythm Section and The Old Winos at their regular weekend gigs at The Old Winery in Niagara-on-the-Lake and his other various gigs with a varied list of musicians in the Toronto & Niagara regions. Since opening the shed studio/Hitsville NOTL in 2000, he’s recorded and/or produced dozens of projects either of his own or for other artists.

After surviving open heart surgery Steve released his first indi CD,in 2000. “COME FROM THE HEART” was recorded live over three nights at the Olde Angel Inn in Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Feathers Pub in Toronto.

In early 2002 Steve released the “NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE RHYTHM PROJECT”, a collection of original instrumental tunes.

“GUMBO DREAMS”, released in the fall of 2002, is Steve’s first album of all original “singer/songwriter” material. After thirty years of playing other writer’s songs and a lifetime of experience, he has returned to songwriting again. The songs cover the wide range of styles that have influenced him over the years resulting in a “gumbo-type” mix of roots, country-rock, blues and folk. If you had to label his music, you might be reminded of Bonnie Raitt, Jackson Browne, Lucinda Williams, the Shaggs, or Little Feat with some Don Henley thrown in.

“CLUELESS” (2005) Once again, Steve and his pals put together a new album of diverse material. Steve hits the mark with thirteen new original songs. Crossing over from folk to country, good old rock and blues with tribal rhythms mixed in.

“LIVE AT THE ANCHORAGE VOLUMES 1 & 2” Since 2003 Steve’s Niagara Rhythm Section has been backing up a different guest artist every Saturday night at their weekly shows. Steve has produced and recorded two live albums featuring these live performances with some of Canada’s finest artists, including Chuck Jackson, Johnny Max, Tony Springer, John Mays, Denis Keldie, Neil Chapman, Lance Anderson, Mark Lalama, John Dickie and more.

“THE GOLDBERGER VARIATIONS”(Dec/09) Studio album featuring a few originals but mostly “variations” on songs by his favourite Canadian and global songwriters. A slight departure from his other albums in that he plays most of the instruments himself on most of the songs. However the overall earthy and organic sound he is known for still remains.

“COSMIC COWBOY”(July 2015) Winner of Country Artist, Producer and Songwriter of the Year at the 2015 Niagara Music Awards, on this latest studio album Steve goes back to his roots as a lover of folk, country and bluegrass music. The record features five new original songs and more “variations” on songs that he’s been playing around with since the 70’s. Once again he plays most of the instruments but also has a stellar cast of players joining him including Tim Hicks, Serena Pryne, Andrew Aldridge, Denis Keldie, Shane Guse, Mark Lalama, Jesse Cobb, Wendell Ferguson, Roger Marin, Cam MacInnes JIm Casson, Dave Norris, Andrew MacKay and more...

“THE GENTLE SPIRIT”(October 2018) Steve hits the mark with more “variations” of songs by some of his favourite songwriters. His 9th indi album follows the route of his previous endeavours, crossing over from folk to country, good old rock and roll, blues, pop and tribal rhythms. Songs by Crowded House, Jackson Browne, Bruce Hornsby/Don Henley, Shania Twain, Gordon Lightfoot and more....

Once again he plays most of the instruments but also has a stellar cast of players joining him including Andrew Aldridge, Shane Guse, Cam MacInnes, JIm Casson, Dave Norris, Pe3ter Griffin, Penner MacKay, Maureen Brown, Steve Wood, Laurel Minnes and more...

1971-78: Founding member of newgrass/rockers, RCA recording artists, “BLACK CREEK”. Appearances in clubs and concerts as headliners and opening for Supertramp, Arlo Guthrie, Melanie, Lester Flatt and more
1975: With Black Creek- winner of 1975 Genie Award (Canadian Oscar) for best original score

1972-present: Freelance bass player with long list of artists including: Willie P. Bennett, Mark Haines, Blair Packham, Chris Whitely, Jamie Snyder, Conrad Kipping, Margaret Chrystl, Bill Garret & Curly Boy Stubbs, Gayle Ackroyd, Dawn Duvall, Nancy Ryan, Foolish Behaviour, Joe Ingrao, Mark Lalama, Craig Roberts, Steve Grisbrook, Mike Lynch and more.

The 80’s: Led several original and cover bands in Toronto including, Goldie Lox & the Bagels, Elephants Gerald and several Black Creek reunion bands culminating in the Black Creek Big Band shows at Harbourfront.

1993-1997: Founding member of popular Beaches band, Blazing Saddles

1993-present: Bass player for blues singer Gayle Ackroyd

1995: Moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake and started the Fringe Locals band.

1998 & 2013: Survived open heart surgery. Twice!

2000: Built the shed recording studio and released first indi CD, COME FROM THE HEART
Composed, recorded and produced corporate promotional CD, WILD HERB’S COOLER SOUNDS

2002: Released second indie CD, THE NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE RHYTHM PROJECT
Released third indie CD, GUMBO DREAMS
The shed studio is destroyed by fire

2003: The new shed studio/Hitsville NOTL is opened. Recorded and produced jazz CD for Craig Roberts and the Jumpin’ Jive Band. The Niagara Rhythm Section is formed for a weekly Saturday night gig at the Anchorage in NOTL

2005: Fourth CD, CLUELESS is released. Recorded and/or produced projects for James Brown, The Marantz Project, Martin Springett, The Shoeshine Boys, Diesel Dog

2006: Recorded and produced Brazilian/Funk CD for Bruce Jones

2007: Weekly Niagara Rhythm Section gig still going strong. Releases LIVE AT THE ANCHORAGE VOL. 1.0

2008: LIVE AT THE ANCHORAGE VOL. 2.0 is released. Recorded and produced CD’s for Steve Grisbrook and Andrew MacKay

2009: Steve releases 7th indie CD, THE GOLDBERGER VARIATIONS

2015: Steve releases “Cosmic Cowboy”. Winner of Country Artist, Producer and Songwriter of the Year at the 2015 Niagara Music Awards. Life goes on. NRS and Old Winos continue their regular weekend shows and Steve keeps busy with freelance gigs & studio work

2018: Steve releases "The Gentle Spirit" and continues his numerous live shows with the Niagara Rhythm Section, The Old Winos and his new band "Steve Goldberger & His Fabulous Friends".