Blues and Soul dance beats with a touch of screaming guitar and sweet vocals. A blend of Mississippi, Chicago, and California style Blues. Often compared to The Blues Brothers and ZZ Top. Paul is a guitar showman with multiple moves, while Rich is a steady-as-a-rock rhythm man. Winners of the 2010 Blues Album of the Year at the Native American Music Awards; awarded Best New Blues Band by the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame; and their latest CD has been featured on BB King's Bluesville station-SiriusXM. Twice As Good is Paul and Rich Steward, the father and son duo and their 2XG backing band. Rich and Paul are Pomo Indians from Clear Lake, California. Their sound is "the blues band sound you wished you had heard at every blues festival."
Twice As Good, or their acronym 2XG, 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, having learned to play guitar and sing Country music from his mom. Growing up he got to hear lots of different kinds of music on the radio, and he mostly admired the Blues & Soul. This was an admiration that he shared with his youngest son, Paul. After leaving the reservation, though still being involved with the tribe, Rich and Paul with a group of extended family faced gripping poverty in relocating to Santa Rosa, but music kept their spirits up. When Paul was a young teenager at 14, 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. In May 2003 they debuted as "Twice As Good, 2XG" in Santa Rosa, CA. Since then they have been all over the USA, released 7 albums, gained many awards, stellar newspaper reviews, great reviews in magazines and much more. They continue on with Paul leading the band night after night with fiery tunes, soulful vocals, and a screaming guitar, as Rich lays down that driving rhythm.
The name "Twice As Good" is not 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."