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Seasick Steve: Feed the Hobo
January 24, 2008, 3:27 pm
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In case you haven’t had enough soul-crunchingly real blues lately, look into this fellow. Originally Steve Wold, he left home at 14 (because, as he tells you in “Dog House Boogie”, his parents split and he thought he could do a better job on his own), and went on to work as a busker, carnie, cowboy, and migrant worker before finally getting jobs in the music industry. He plays his “Three Stringed Trance Wonder”, a mis-strung guitar with only, you guessed it, only three strings, and accompanies himself on the “Mississippi Drum Machine” which is, well, a box.But those details aren’t really important. All you need to do is watch this video of him playing the song “Chiggers” at the website of brilliant BBC1 show Black Cab Sessions to understand how genuine this guy is.

And he plays an absolutely vicious slide guitar. And has a strap made out of rope. If you dig his snarling guitar work (check the outro) , epic storytelling (try the spokin-word interlude) and general brilliant-hobo-ness of “Chiggers”, check out his album “Dog House Music”, either as a torrent or on his <a href=”http://www.seasicksteve.com”>website</a&gt; , where to buy his album you click on sign that says “Feed the Hobo”.  This dude is a combination of  Son House; , Santa Claus, the hobo on the corner, and the grandfather I never had but wish I did. Amazing.
-Justin 

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