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Seasick Steve

Like T-Model Ford, Seasick Steve (aka Steve Wold) began recording his own music much later in life than other musicians. A storytelling singer reviving traditional country blues, Wold spent his childhood in California, but left home at 14. As a hobo, he traveled for several years, jumping trains and working odd jobs. After drifting around the U.S. and Europe, he finally ended up in Norway. Aside from his respectable musical background (which includes recording early Modest Mouse, appearing on BBC television, and playing with John Lee Hooker), Wold is also noted for his unusual custom-made stringed instruments. By the time he was in his sixties, he'd finally released some official material. His first solo album, Doghouse Music, out in late 2006, was performed almost entirely by Wold. Another record, Cheap, was recorded with the Swedish rhythm section the Level Devils. An amorous seven-track Valentine's Day EP called Songs for Elisabeth (six of the cuts were culled from previous releases) arrived in 2010. With a rustic and at time almost punk-blues approach to his material, Wold increasingly merged country blues trance boogie with a street-holler voice that makes Tom Waits seem like a mainstream crooner, and the best of his songs carry a hard-earned wisdom that can only come from living on the street one block over from the edge of civility. He released the stark and powerful You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks in 2011, and returned in 2013 with his sixth offering, Hubcap Music, which featured guest appearances from Jack White and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. In 2015, Seasick Steve showed that his blues power was still running strong with the release of the album Sonic Soul Surfer. ~ Kenyon Hopkin & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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I like this guy. First found him while looking on Youtube for diddly bow type players. Great find. I agree with comments dissing Waits, one of the most unique artists around. Leggett must have carrying the mainstream crooner and one street over from civility comments around for a while just looking for a likely place to use them. Sorry but this wasn't the place. Get over yourself, you're not that cool.
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Again - this has nothing to do with Seasick Steve. He is ALSO great. HOWEVER, again, Mr. Steve Leggett - why do you keep bashing Tom Waits in your reviews of other artists??
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Agreed, cgarrison53. I have commented several times on the subject of disrespectfu l comparisons to Tom Waits being made. This is never more apparent than in the bio on William Elliott Whitmore. Also written by the same person.
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cgarrison53
No respect for the biographers- t h e reference to Tom Waits was insulting and rude.
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jrkittle
I agree realian05. I started to read these comments just to see if someone was going to be struck by that unnecessary and inaccurate line about Waits. Waits has a really unusual voice and their is nothing at all mainstream about it. Loving Seasick Steve though. Didn't have to put someone down to talk someone up, we are not it politics. Peace, I'm out.
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He's just so great. Would love to sit down and chat for awhile or at least see him perform around Denver!
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I respect this mans music. His songs seem to be remarkably honest and raw, and quite powerful. However, I must defend Tom Waits here - once again. How can one possibly state that Seasick Steve has, and I quote: A voice that makes Tom Waits seem like a mainstream crooner? Seriously?? Tom Waits is an exceptional and singular artist who cannot be compared, basically - to anyone.
And he is certainly nowhere close to mainstream. Mr. Steve Leggett - Why do you keep bashing Tom?
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all your treasures... . . s l i p away. Great lyrists
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t.a.morgan48 4
Raw. Pure. Real.
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fts1789
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daywalker083 0
I meant seasick steve is awsome!!! I love the raw down home sound!
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daywalker083 0
Sick steve is awesome! I love real music!
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palmer_596
wow those were the days
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Time well spent...sir steve
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Awesome musician
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The review sure is a bunch of overblown hype. Country Blues Trance boogie ? Who writes this crap ?
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Hardly Strictly bluegrass 2012!
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This guy should have a movie made of his adventures!
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He has 4 stroke handicap golf game!!
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rdhaag1
He'd fit right in and could probably get a full time gig at the Flora-Bama lounge....
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rdhaag1
I think I stumbled onto him on itunes. Downloaded 2 of his albums off itunes. He's the real deal for an old white guy. He looks like he spent a long time living outside. Probably has a few outstanding misdemeanor warrants, hence no US touring...ju s t a guess. I love his raw cheap guitar, crappy amp sound....
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deba0023
Wow! Love the realness and rawness.
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Like many here, my first exposure to Seasick Steve was when he appeared on Top Gear (UK) and have been hooked ever since. Too bad he doesnt tour more in the US.
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friend put me on to him .... what a story with amazing musical talent
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thekingofbsa 1
heard him playing with Jack white from the White Stripes it was amazing even when the amp was fading in and out. Been listen ever since on my bo diddley and zztop channels.
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gzmasson
Discovered him on the soundtrack to Jonah Hex, and then I saw the Later With Jools Holland episode, and finally on Top Gear. I've been listening to him ever since.
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md.eric
discovered steve on later with jools hooland
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I heard about Seasick Steve on the show TopGear too! :) Love it!
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Thank God for Bluesville on Sirius Radio where I first heard Seasick Steve. The blues lives on!
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jmanning61
I wanna marry this man!!!!!
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same here with Top Gear...never heard of him till that show.......
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amazingly found out about him through the BBC show Top Gear. way to go boys, bringing american music back to the US via the UK.
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Agreed, gotta find a way to see him live. Discovered through a friend and on Youtube. Very entertaining and musically rich.
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amanda_coffm a n _ 8 9
Great Music
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I would like to see this guy in person myself!
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Genuine, original, one of a kind. Never heard of Steve until I saw him on "Top Gear" on BBC America. Listening to him is now an addiction of pure joy. He's amazing
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Everybody should spend at least one hour a day listening to Seasick Steve
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this man is awsome

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