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Thread #107389   Message #2226591
Posted By: Giant Folk Eyeball (inactive)
02-Jan-08 - 06:36 AM
Thread Name: Seasick Steve - how big in the US?
Subject: RE: Seasick Steve - how big in the US?
According to an interview I read he was a 'hobo' from the age of 14 (late fifties) till the late sixties. Wound up as a record producer in the Pacific North West in the 90s. Dunno what he did in between.

I'm not sure it matters. A lot of entertainers either dress up or dress down to perform and I'm not sure that anyone should take someone else's stage costume as an insult to themselves or anyone else. I'm also not convinced that the question of authenticity is all that important either - I'm more interested in 'are they any good at what they do'?

Now, I'm no expert when it comes to the blues. I have a few CDs on Yazoo etc of ancient recordings, which are fantastic - but I know very little about the genre. So I couldn't tell you if Seasick Steve is technically good at what he does or not. What I will say though is that compared to most of the bland, tired, dreary music on Jools' new year show, to me - and the people I was with - Steve was like a breath of fresh air.

Having said that, I'm sure people in the US are in a totally different situation and, for them, performers like Steve - and better than him -are ten-a-penny.