Hubcap Music by Seasick Steve on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

In his 60s, California-born Seasick Steve became one of the most successful bluesmen in the United Kingdom. But while part of his mythos initially had to do with his hobo background and homemade guitars (this album is named for one built from hubcaps and a broomstick), his old-school blues cred is what kept him in the public eye long enough to make this, his sixth record. Steve's sound carries a clear kinship with late Mississippi hill country blues masters like R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough; the churning, cyclical riffing and primal stomp of "Keep On Keepin' On" and "Down on the Farm" bear the same kind of muddy minimalism that made the aforementioned artists blues legends. But Hubcap Music extends beyond the blues, with the country-tinged ballad "Purple Shadows" (featuring backing vocals by alt-country siren Elizabeth Cook) and the horn-laden soul cut "Coast Is Clear." And while the contributions of rock royalty (John Paul Jones on bass, Jack White on guitar, etc.) is undeniably impressive, it's ultimately Steve's own idiosyncratic drive that powers this vehicle from start to finish.

EDITORS’ NOTES

In his 60s, California-born Seasick Steve became one of the most successful bluesmen in the United Kingdom. But while part of his mythos initially had to do with his hobo background and homemade guitars (this album is named for one built from hubcaps and a broomstick), his old-school blues cred is what kept him in the public eye long enough to make this, his sixth record. Steve's sound carries a clear kinship with late Mississippi hill country blues masters like R.L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough; the churning, cyclical riffing and primal stomp of "Keep On Keepin' On" and "Down on the Farm" bear the same kind of muddy minimalism that made the aforementioned artists blues legends. But Hubcap Music extends beyond the blues, with the country-tinged ballad "Purple Shadows" (featuring backing vocals by alt-country siren Elizabeth Cook) and the horn-laden soul cut "Coast Is Clear." And while the contributions of rock royalty (John Paul Jones on bass, Jack White on guitar, etc.) is undeniably impressive, it's ultimately Steve's own idiosyncratic drive that powers this vehicle from start to finish.

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About Seasick Steve

Like T-Model Ford, Seasick Steve (aka Steve Wold) began recording his own music much later in life than other musicians. A storytelling singer reviving traditional country blues, Wold spent his childhood in California, but left home at 14. As a hobo, he traveled for several years, jumping trains and working odd jobs. After drifting around the U.S. and Europe, he finally ended up in Norway. Aside from his respectable musical background (which includes recording early Modest Mouse, appearing on BBC television, and playing with John Lee Hooker), Wold is also noted for his unusual custom-made stringed instruments. By the time he was in his sixties, he'd finally released some official material. His first solo album, Doghouse Music, out in late 2006, was performed almost entirely by Wold. Another record, Cheap, was recorded with the Swedish rhythm section the Level Devils. An amorous seven-track Valentine's Day EP called Songs for Elisabeth (six of the cuts were culled from previous releases) arrived in 2010. With a rustic and at times almost punk-blues approach to his material, Wold increasingly merged country blues trance boogie with a street-holler voice that makes Tom Waits seem like a mainstream crooner, and the best of his songs carry a hard-earned wisdom that can only come from living on the street one block over from the edge of civility. He released the stark and powerful You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks in 2011, and returned in 2013 with his sixth offering, Hubcap Music, which featured guest appearances from Jack White and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones. In 2015, Seasick Steve showed that his blues power was still running strong with the release of the album Sonic Soul Surfer. His creative surge didn't stop there and the singer/songwriter followed up with his eighth studio effort, Keepin' the Horse Between Me and the Ground in 2016. ~ Kenyon Hopkin & Steve Leggett

  • ORIGIN
    Oakland, CA
  • BORN
    1941

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