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Steve Sainas Trio

S S T  unites veteran rockers Steve Sainas, Brad Uchida, and Nick James to create a super sonic trio that rips through some of the greatest classic rock and rockin' blues tunes of our time.



Steve Sainas Trio

A powerful Rock Band from day one, the members of the Steve Sainas Trio (SST) have been singing, performing, and playing with a chemistry that leads one to believe they have been together their entire musical careers. Steve Sainas, Brad Uchida, and Nick James have enjoyed great success in their respective critically acclaimed careers and have now combined their talents to create a super sonic trio that rips through some of the greatest classic rock tunes of our time.


Steve Sainas led his rocking blues band, Mud Dog for almost 20 years while they performed throughout BC and recorded three albums. Their second album, River of My Soul was nominated Best Blues Album at the 2008 Western Canadian Music Awards. In 2011, Sainas's Mud Dog Duo represented BC at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee. While in Memphis the duo recorded a ten song album, Mud Dog~SUN at legendary Sun Studio. In 2015, Sainas was honoured with a Juno Award  for MusiCounts Teacher of the Year. Sainas then followed up with four years of steady solo acoustic work that resulted in his debut solo release, Steve Sainas~"Simple As This" that featured highly sought-after session player, Kelly Stodola on drums. "Simple As This" received great national and international reviews, as well as world wide airplay.  Following, the release of this well-received album, Sainas invited Stodola and his longtime friend, bass player and harmony vocalist, Ted Tosoff to form the powerful Steve Sainas Trio.

In 2022, Steve Sainas was excited to welcome bass player-harmony vocalist Brad Uchida and drummer-harmony vocalist Nick James to the group. Together, these incredibly talented musicians create a tight dynamic rhythm section punctuated with sparkling harmony vocals. 

During his 35-year professional music career, Brad Uchida has performed in numerous bands from a broad scope of genres. 

Early in his career, Brad performed in many classic rock bands, and also enjoyed performing country that included a popular Eagles tribute band. He was also a member of  Metro Vancouver recording act Queensbury Row that was featured at Expo ’86. In the late ‘90s, Brad travelled to Maui to perform steadily for three years in a classic rock trio and an original act. Upon his return to Vancouver, Brad joined a jazz ensemble which was signed on by Holland America cruise lines for a four month contract in Alaska, Mexico, Venezuela, Columbia and numerous Caribbean ports-of-call. In 2008, Brad joined The Hip Show, Canada’s most popular Tragically Hip tribute band that has been performing all over Canada in venues varying from small local pubs of 100 or so, to large festivals including the Thunder Bay Blues Festival with crowds of 40,000. With such a vast range of professional music experience, Brad brings an incredible wealth of musicianship and chemistry that adds a powerful sonic depth to the Steve Sainas Trio.

Drummer, Nick James brings a fun free-flowing groove and sparkling harmony vocals that help create a more complex sonic palette filled with natural chemistry and energy. Nick likes to consider himself an “avid drum nerd” and as a result has deeply studied a broad scope of drumming genres and styles. As well as being a sought after drummer in British Columbia's Lower Mainland gig circuit, he has also been a popular private drum instructor for over a decade with a unique curriculum that simplifies drums so you can get better faster in a wide variety of styles. Nick continues to passionately pursue his journey to further his knowledge of drums and rhythm, which brings a fresh dynamic heartbeat to SST.

At every show, this super sonic trio fills the room with fun high octane energy as they crank out their favourite classic tunes and rockin blues that are sure to get you groovin’ on the dance floor!

Photo by Andrew O'Neill

Song List

Song List

Sets Selected to Suit Each Venue



Born On The Bayou - CCR
The Old Man Down The Road - CCR 
Bad Moon Risin  - CCR
Fortunate Son - CCR
Rocky Mountain Way - Joe Walsh
Funk 49 - James Gang
Just Got Paid - ZZ Top

La Grange - ZZ Top
Gimme All Your Lovin' - ZZ Top
Tube Snake Boogie - ZZ Top
Waiting For The Bus - ZZ Top
Jesus Just Left Chicago - ZZ Top

Born To Be Wild - Steppenwolf

Mama Let Him Play - Doucette
Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo - R. Derringer
Money For Nothing - Dire Straits

The Weight - The Band
Up On Cripple Creek - The Band
The Joker - Steve Miller Band
Breakdown - Tom Petty
I Won’t Back Down - Tom Petty
You Wreck Me - Tom Petty
Simple Man - Lynyrd Skynyrd
Call Me The Breeze - JJ Cale / Skynyrd
Keep Your Hands To Yourself - Georgia Satellites

Courage - The Tragically Hip

Little Bones - The Tragically Hip
Who Do You Love - Diddley / Thorogood
Bad To The Bone - George Thorogood
Move It On Over - George Thorogood
Mercury Blues - David Lindley
Can't You See - Marshall Tucker Band
Get Back - The Beatles

Don't Let Me Down - The Beatles
Birthday - The Beatles
Honky Tonk Women - Rolling Stones
Can't You Hear Me Knockin' - Rolling Stones
Can't Always Get What You Want - Rolling Stones

Alright Now - Free

Can't Get Enough - Bad Company
Crossroads - Cream / Eric Clapton

Before You Accuse Me - Eric Clapton
Tore Down - Eric Clapton
Hey Joe - Jimi Hendrix

Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix
Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) - Hendrix
All Along The Watchtower - Dylan/Hendrix

Pride & Joy - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Cold Shot  - Stevie Ray Vaughan
House Is A Rockin’- Stevie Ray Vaughan

She Caught The Katy - Taj Mahal
Statesboro Blues - Allman Brothers

Dust My Broom - R. Johnson / ZZ Top
Sweet Home Chicago - R.  Johnson 
Got Love If You Want It - John Hammond Jr.
Three Good Reasons - Steve Sainas
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door - Bob Dylan
Roadhouse Blues - The Doors 
Wild Night (Van Morrison/Mellencamp)


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