Steve Foster has had a pretty good seat to see Hamilton music past and present more clearly than most. His early days from blues gigs with veteran Johnny Crawford to his place with Crawlin’ Kingsnakes and Stoked are documented on his two previous appearances on the show, as is his present place as sound engineer with Chorus Entertainment means that he’s been there and seen that in the past thirty years. Making a life in music isn’t easy, the demands often far outweighing the financial benefits for the most part. As the brick and mortar of the business becomes one’s barometer, the ethereal joy it once carried fades. Being very aware that there isn’t much milk and honey awaiting local aging rock stars, the reasons to not do music often seem more compelling than the need to pick up the guitar and make another dream, another band and another plan a reality. The only thing that tilts the field is a little thing called passion. When passion is in the mix, everything else suddenly doesn’t matter so much. When the songs in your head start to take shape, the feeling is intoxicating – when it’s now being shared and played by kindred souls it’s downright addictive.
Foster Pottery Company was the company started by his grandfather many years ago and is the name of the three-piece Rock n roll outfit that is debuting here tonight.
Teaming up with long time friends Mike Northcott on bass and Mike Keena on drums, the band has a pace and ferocity that belies the sageness contained within. Big swelling guitar riffs riding atop a tight and rollicking rhythm section, great harmonies and a sweat fuelled set is what you can expect from these seasoned purveyors and you won’t be disappointed.
Great guys, great stories and a sneak peek at some new tunes brings you up to date of what’s in store musically and is sure to leave you wanting more. More is good.