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Posted By: Mikefule
01-Jan-08 - 04:18 PM
Thread Name: Seasick Steve - how big in the US?
Subject: RE: Seasick Steve - how big in the US?
I watched the programme and found it all a bit "flat". Seasick Steve struck me as the blues equivalent of what country and western people sometimes call a "hat act".

People like Muddy Waters and Howlin' Wolf were aspirational and dressed smartly to perform. Many white blues players do the opposite and dress as poor workmen. It is patronising. Seasick Steve looked like he was in "am dram" costume, and it jarred horribly.

But he was a good blues guitarist, if a little "busy" for my taste.

I thought it was "demonstration blues" for the masses: three minutes, an easy visual reference, a stereotype, and soon forgotten.