Steve Poltz Ready to Start Kingsville Folk Festival Series

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The man who dazzled the audience at last year’s Kingsville Folk Music Festival is coming back.

Steve Poltz, who sang an impromptu song about the town of Kingsville being the sexiest place in the world, is returning to Canada’s southernmost municipality on Friday for a special Road to FolkFest concert at Lions Community Hall.

Along with being an incredible solo performer with an innate ability to improv a song at the drop of a hat, Poltz is also the other half of the songwriting team that produced the 1996 hit single You Were Meant For Me from the Jewel album Pieces of You. Poltz remembers his first meeting with the pop princess:

“I was in a coffee shop in San Francisco and she was the one who served my coffee that day, as luck would have it,” Poltz told YQG Rocks. “I think she thought I was flirting with her a little because we started talking about songwriting. Our relationship just went from there and we starting writing together. It was a fun experience and very easy to work with her. We always had a give and take way to writing songs.”

Poltz ended up frequently opening for her on tours, co-writing songs and also appearing in her music video for You Were Meant For Me.

In the video Jewel and Poltz appeared together in numerous scenes, most of them depicting how both of them wants to be together, but are always separated. In one scene, Poltz tries to reach for Jewel’s hand, but a curtain appears between them and separating their hands. In another scene, Jewel lies in front of Poltz, but instead of reaching for him, she moves away, leaving Poltz with his arms raised towards her.

The video won the MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video in 1997.
It was a relationship that earned Jewel a number one hit on several US charts, as well as Top 2 positions on Billboard charts in the US and Canada.

In the years since, Poltz has toured endlessly, releasing a dozen solo albums along the way. During a show in the fall of 2014, Poltz experienced a stroke while performing on stage in Wilmington, Delaware. Poltz temporarily lost his vision on stage and continued to play unaware of the impending attack.

“I was on stage and all of a sudden I couldn’t see anything,” Poltz remembers. “When I went to get this treated, they said “we have good news and bad news. The good news is we don’t know what caused this. The bad news is we don’t know what caused this. It took a couple of weeks of recovery, but everything is fine now. You know what, that’s how I want to die – on stage playing and doing what I love to do.”

Poltz is ready for his return to Kingsville when he kicks off the Road to FolkFest Concert Series at the Lions Community Hall (23 Mill Street West, Kingsville) on Friday (January 19) at 8pm. Tickets are $25 each and available at Guardian Drug & Symphony Stables in Wheatley, Fletcher’s Cleaners in Leamington and Box Office Video in Kingsville, as well as the Kingsville Folk Music Festival website.

The Road to FolkFfest concerts are fundraising events for the annual festival and are held throughout the region in Wheatley and Kingsville.

photo from Steve Poltz Facebook page.