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Seasick Steve: Man From Another Time

Man From Another Time

(Seasick Steve)
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Release Date: 
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Grade:
A+
Format: 
LP
Tracks: 
12
Did You Know?

Wold has been around in the music world having become good friends with late rocker Kurt Cobain as well as Producing Modest Mouse's debut album.

Seasick Steve aka Steve Wold is a man of the world having traveled the globe taking as many jobs as he can while on his endless trek beginning at the age of 13. Even as a married man he has lived, with his wife, in more then 59 different houses and currently live in Norway and the U.K. Not bad for a kid that started out in Oakland California. Now on his fourth studio album Wold comes on strong with a mix of blues and whiskey rock. Known to play a variety of self made instruments including The Three-String Trance Wonder, The One-Stringed Diddley Bow, The Mississippi Drum Machine, and The Morris Minor Guitar. Still, Wold’s number one instrument is his regular old guitar (said to possess supernatural powers). You just never know which you might hear here on Man From Another Time.

Plain and simple. I love this album. I’ve had an affinity for blues music for as long as I can remember but it’s a tricky genre. You’ve got your bar blues players like Stevie Ray Vaughn, George Thorogood and The Destroyers, and  John Lee Hooker and then you have those other lues guys that dip into prog rock and experimental blues jazz. Seasick Steve’s sound is very reminiscent of these players. The passion, the exploration with his instruments, the country narration of his lyrics. it’s a straight shot of familiarity that draws you in and then just surprises you with direction. For example the album starts out with Diddley Bow which has that whiskey rock edge to it but draws close to a rockabilly feel. You’ve got Never Go West which takes on that crazy psychotic feel better related to The John Spencer Blues Explosion. Its not full on crazy but it comes pretty close. My Home (Blues Eyes)? Forget about it. Genius. You get glimpses of Son House and Robert Johnson . Last is the double hit of Seasick Boogie/So Lonesome I Could Cry, the most appealing of the two (if you had to chose, and why would you?) is probably I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry combining the vocals of Amy LaVere and Wold. Simply a beautiful exit for a phenomenal album. I cannot suggest this album enough. A must have. Enjoy.

Go grab a free MP3 here at shakefire: http://www.shakefire.com/downloads/music/seasick-steve-diddley-bo

Or grab a 3 song ep from Steve's Official Website. Link attached.
 

AJ Garcia
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