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Thread #107389   Message #2225960
Posted By: GUEST,jeff
31-Dec-07 - 11:21 PM
Thread Name: Seasick Steve - how big in the US?
Subject: RE: Seasick Steve - how big in the US?
The man's got a right to make a living. He's no worse than Ramblin' Jack Elliot, Utah Phillips or any other of those 'so called' authentic American artists. Caricatures rather than characters. It's like Dick Van Dyke's 'cockney' accent in 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' He may have come by his accent and attitude legitimately, I don't know, but the 'let me tell you my story' routine has been done before and much better by lessor and greater known talents, George Thorogood being one. The Mississippi licence plate on his 'stomp box' was a nice touch, but can be obtained at any interstate(motorway for you ukers)truckstop. He's done his homework no doubt, but I get a sneakin' suspician there's a lot more sizzle than steak going on. Compare his performance to the eloquent Martin Simpson or K.T. Tunstell of a few weeks ago. You want it loud and crude? Dig up some old 'Hound Dog Taylor' LPs.