A musical vagabond has landed
Byline: Sara Strömberg
He was recently on the American Top 200 chart at the same time as Zara Larsson. Bror Stefan Pettersson, or Steve Future as he is known on stage, wants to perform the world’s longest harmonica solo at Hummelstugan and shake up the blues scene in Åre. But first he will perform at Jazzköket with his new record, “7 Cities,” in his back pocket.
From his top-story window, Bror Stefan Pettersson has views of downtown Undersåker: Byvägen road, the Strandberg ICA grocery store, the hustle and bustle of the parking lot. But he also sees the expansive horizon, the forest, water and fields. It’s precisely the mix he needs.
“This is where I prepare a lot of my song material and it’s where I find a lot of my inspiration. I sit here and write at the kitchen table a lot.”
He greets me barefoot, wearing a paisley-patterned shirt and jeans. He offers me black coffee and a little live music. While I was there, he managed to play guitar, harmonica, and to sing. It was only morning, but he had already taken a walk, rehearsed and worked out at the gym.
“I have to keep going,” he says and admits that he hasn’t eaten breakfast yet.
Bror Stefan Pettersson began his career as a teenager in Haninge and Nynäshamn, where he grew up. Since then, he has been part of several different constellations, including Stockhouse, Blueshunters, Ruset and the Jämtland-based Stulet Vatten. For many, many years, he was a fixture of the Stockholm jazz and blues scene and played with well-known names like Totta Näslund, Sven Zetterberg and Rolf Wikström.
“For example, I used to always have two regular performances every year at the venue Mosebacke in Stockholm, because the owner Bo Stenhammar, who was a co-founder of the Stockholm Jazz Festival with Git Magnusson, liked me. That gave me a boost and from there, from 1983 and on, I built up my tour schedule.”
He now appears under his own name, Steve Future, and writes most of his material himself, though he also does some covers. His new record “7 Cities,” his eighth in a row, was just released and is tinged with various influences including blues, country, reggae and psychedelic rock – if it must be categorized. In any case, the 18 tracks were recorded in Europe and North America. He has just come home from Nashville.