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Thread #107389   Message #2226906
Posted By: PoppaGator
02-Jan-08 - 03:27 PM
Thread Name: Seasick Steve - how big in the US?
Subject: RE: Seasick Steve - how big in the US?
"Trust me, Poppagator, I've listened to him and YES, you can do better, lots better..."

Gee whiz, Kat, thanks for the vote of confidence, but I'm pretty sure you've never actually caught my act!

Well, I suppose you may have drawn your own conclusions based on the implicit endoresement I recently received from our mutual acquaintance Spencer Bohren, when he invited me to join him (along with about 20 other "guest artists") at his annual sold-out Christmas show. I'm very glad to report that our little two-song duet performance was an absolute success. Since my frozen-in-time 1968-72 repertoire is about half Mississippi John Hurt songs and the other half Dylan covers, we did one of each: an MJH medley (what I call the "Ain't" medley ~ Ain't Nobody's Business and Ain't No Tellin') followed by When I Paint My Masterpiece. It was a rare and very pleasant experience to occupy the spotlight, so to speak, singing solo before such a large and discerning audience with the support of a really terrific intrumental accompanyist.

Incidentally, I'm sure you could add Bobert to the list of blues-playing Mudcatters who'd compare favorably to Seasick Steve, or for that matter pretty much anyone. He's one of the very few 'catters I've met in person and with whom I've swapped songs, and he is indeed the real deal.