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Thread #107389   Message #2546486
Posted By: NormanD
22-Jan-09 - 06:09 PM
Thread Name: Seasick Steve - how big in the US?
Subject: RE: Seasick Steve - how big in the US?
I am assuming that most of the people on this thread who have never heard of SSS, or compare him unfavourably with other contemporary players, are American. As far as I know he hasn't played the USA in years, or since he started releasing blues albums. Most of those who seem to like him may have seen him live, probably because they live in the UK or Europe.

I have seen him a few times now, most recently last night at The Barbican in London. He was compering an evening of Americana music - hokum blues, creole, bluegrass,etc - extracts of which will be broadcast on BBC4 tv this Friday evening. He also played, and he was damned good. My one comment is that the image he has may detract from the music, but he is no gimmick. Shave him, put him in a suit and tie, and he'd still be just as powerful and entertaining.

The best thing about this thread so far is the number of recommendations of other good players whom I'd possibly never hear of otherwise.

As for this apparent bitterness about his success, all I can say is: live with it, or get over it. He's good, he's here, and he's encouraging a hell of a lot of younger people to start listening to raw and rocking blues. If he's making other players sweat, or get jealous, well, that's good too. Blues music is all too often pronounced dead, or dying, and then the corpse gets up and starts dancing around and shows that it's still full of life - - and enjoying itself!