Steve Prottsman is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter. Having grown up in Mt Pleasant and playing in the Iowa City area in the late 60s and early 70s, Prottsman’s return to the area – and joining the Beaker Brothers Band – is a return to his roots. Steve’s distinctive sound was born in the blues, raised on rock, and schooled in jazz.  His style reveals the influence of Michael McDonald, Toto, Huey Lewis, Steely Dan, Lowell George, Gregg Allman, Clapton, and other giants of the 60-70-80s. Basically, he grew up playing the Beaker Brothers’ song list.

In 2020, Prottsman’s debut album, Maiden Voyage, revealed a songwriting style that infuses the robust complexity of contemporary jazz with the passion of the blues, and the energy of rock. While it is true most debut records aren’t released on the artist’s 66th birthday, it is also true that the debut records of most unknown artists don’t display the musicianship of Maiden Voyage. The record features performances by legendary bassist Jorge Casas, charter member and bandleader of Gloria Estefan’s Miami Sound Machine, and Adam Hawley, touring guitarist for Dave Koz and Brian Culbertson, and owner of 6 Billboard #1 Contemporary Jazz songs. They are joined by Nashville artists Luke DeJaynes, Mark DeJaynes, Ramiro Vasquez, and Chris West, as well as San Diego guitarist, Steve Dee. From The Dream’s breezy opening notes to the final fade-out of the poignant Not Much Is Changin’, you will experience an eclectic song list delivered with a signature style. And you will agree with the sentiment of Prottsman’s rocker – it’s better late than never.

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