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Blues - Released November 27, 2020 | There's A Dead Skunk Records

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Blues - Released July 24, 2020 | Contagious

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Blues - Released September 28, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Seasick Steve used a large bowl of simmering ingredients to prepare his ninth album, Can U Cook?. The team in the kitchen is Dan Mangnusson on drums and Luther Dickinson (son of the great Jim Dickinson) on the guitar playing alongside the sixty-something year old troubadour on these extravagant tracks. A thirteen-course album produced and composed by Steve, it would be a perfect fit for an American diner in the middle of nowhere. Each portion has its own unique flavour, jumping between electric blues, rock’n’roll riffs and muddy country. Can U Cook? is a mix of modern styles, the album of a gritty bluesman. From the very first bite, the groove takes a hold of the listener’s body and triggers an unstoppable addiction. The album’s title track is undoubtedly the centrepiece, a catchy blues-rock track that makes you want to dance on tables and eat with your fingers. There’s plenty to get your teeth into with this album. © Clara Bismuth/Qobuz
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Blues - Released September 14, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

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Blues - Released August 15, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

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Blues - Released August 8, 2018 | BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

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Blues - Released April 14, 2017 | There's A Dead Skunk Records

It’s easy to be sucked into the Seasick Steve legend (his real name is Steve Wold). Raised in California, he left home at 14 and began life as a street kid hobo, hopping trains, traveling, working odd jobs, drifting, playing music on street corners, doing whatever it took to survive, until somehow he ended up in Norway in his sixties where he began his late-in-life recording career as a fire-breathing rustic trance blues musician famous for his searing slide work, gruff voice, and a penchant for cigar box guitars and other odd instruments. All of which is true. But there’s a bit more to the story. Wold, aside from seeming like he stepped right out of a Jack London story, has also been a session musician and recording engineer (he worked with Modest Mouse), appeared on BBC television, and even played with John Lee Hooker, so he is not a hobo savant -- he knows exactly what he’s doing. It just took him a long time to find an audience, or perhaps even to know he wanted one. His sound is rough, ragged, and stomping, a bit like North Mississippi trance blues players like R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, but he doesn’t do traditional blues songs -- it just sounds like he does. There’s no doubt he understands the heart, soul, and kinetics of country blues, but he’s also a natural songwriter who has lived a few decades and seen a lot of things in the back alleys that have given him a wonderfully urgent and wise perspective on what he’s doing. He’s not a young man. He’s been around. He knows what he’s singing about. You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks, his fifth album, is his best yet, and easily his most considered and polished -- polished being a relative term here because this outing is thankfully still plenty rough and raw. There are a half dozen of Wold's signature roaring slide guitar tracks here, usually accompanied by Dan Magnusson's powerful and inspired drumming, including the delightfully romping “Don’t Know Why She Love Me But She Do,” but there are other tracks here that reveal Wold as something more than just a brilliant side-street blues player. The opening track, “Treasures,” is a thing of stark beauty as Wold looks back at what is truly worth holding in a long life, and it isn’t blues, unless one calls those old Appalachian banjo songs the blues. He sounds like Fred Neil after a two-week bender on another gem called “Whiskey Ballad,” which is more folk than it is anything else. Then he’s back to the banjo again for “Underneath a Blue and Colourless Sky,” a song that Dock Boggs would have cried over, and it’s sad and real and powerful. The set closer, “It’s a Long, Long Way,” is a pure country song, and one can almost imagine what Johnny Cash would have done with it. You Can’t Teach an Old Dog New Tricks builds on the loose and raw sound of Wold's earlier records, but it is also an extension of them, pulling in strains of folk and country and adding them to his signature trance blues sound. The result is a powerfully good record that Tom Waits is probably going to play to death if he ever gets ahold of a copy. © Steve Leggett /TiVo
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Blues - Released December 16, 2016 | There's A Dead Skunk Records

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Blues - Released October 7, 2016 | There's A Dead Skunk Records

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Blues - Released September 23, 2016 | There's A Dead Skunk Records

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Blues - Released August 25, 2016 | There's A Dead Skunk Records

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Blues - Released July 29, 2016 | There's A Dead Skunk Records

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Blues - Released March 23, 2015 | There's A Dead Skunk Records

John Lee Hooker built a long, rich career out of writing the same song over and over again for close to 50 years. That's not to say Hooker wasn't a great songwriter, as he most certainly was, but for him the most important thing wasn't the melody or the lyrics, but the boogie, the ceaseless forward rhythm that drove his music with an unholy force and was the foundation of nearly all his great songs. Seasick Steve is no John Lee Hooker, but he does share Hooker's true devotion to the deep and sinewy groove, an element that's run strong through Steve's music since he belatedly launched his recording career in 2006, and his albums have been cut from similar musical cloth, with the Seasick One wailing hard on a buzzy slide guitar while his rhythm section stomps behind him like the beat owes them money. 2015's Sonic Soul Surfer doesn't break a lot of new ground for Seasick Steve (the artist formerly known as Steve Wold); it's dominated by butt-shaking groovers like "Roy's Gang," "Sonic Soul Boogie," and "Barracuda '68," where Steve cranks his amp and the band turns up the heat, while smoky late-night numbers like "We Be Moving" and "Your Name," and atmospheric acoustic tunes such as "In Peaceful Dreams" and "Heart Full of Scars" give the album variety and texture. When Steve hits fourth gear and picks up a good head of steam, his indefatigable stomp is a joy to behold, and he rocks blissfully hard for a man eligible for Social Security. However, Sonic Soul Surfer is an album that doesn't need to be 57-minutes long, and the final third features more than one moment where the record feels like it should coast to a close, only for another slow number to jump up and keep the show rolling. When Seasick Steve is laying out a fiery groove, Sonic Soul Surfer more than delivers the goods, but he should remember than John Lee Hooker didn't cut too many double albums in his day for a good reason -- you can only boogie for so long in one go, and when you run low on gas, it's not entertaining for anyone involved. © Mark Deming /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2013 | Polydor Records

Hubcap Music is the sixth album from American blues artist Seasick Steve and follows 2011's You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks. Continuing in the vein of his previous work, the album sees Steve playing a mix of blues and boogie, joined by Jack White and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. © TiVo
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Blues - Released October 19, 2009 | WM UK

Songs for Elisabeth is a compilation of Seasick Steve's songs that creates a blues alternative to the standard Valentine's release. The tracks are brought together from the Californian's four studio albums, and include the previously unreleased "Ready for Love," which retains his warm blues sound alongside songs from his debut. The artwork, created by his son Didrik Wold, is designed as a Valentine's card with a greeting written by Steve. © TiVo
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Blues - Released October 16, 2009 | Atlantic Records UK

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Blues - Released January 30, 2009 | WM UK

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    Cooking with gas Seasick Steve used a large bowl of simmering ingredients to prepare his ninth album, Can U Cook?