Sonic Diet

WMSE Song of the Day (Tune In Turn Up): Seasick Steve “Walkin Man”

Seasick Steve [Steven Gene Wold] is an old soul, but it’s the youth who he appeals to, naturally. Because his music of choice, the blues, is steeped in emotion and memory already, the man’s  unique life earns him even more cred for the deep lyricism surrounding relationships formed while living on the road as a farm laborer, cowboy and carnie. Youthful spirit is undying in Wold. Born in California, he  grew up in the 1940’s and ’50’s, adopting  a freewheeling lifestyle as a young man. Along the way, he befriended the likes of Janis Joplin and Joni Mitchell…the rest is history and Wold pulls it all off with his easygoing style. Playing his own music with a more than interesting collection of gear (his most famous being a three-string guitar called ‘The Three-String Trance Wonder’ because a friend had found it with just three strings and decided to keep it as is), it is hard not to become absorbed in the unadorned genuineness and timelessness Wold exudes. The WMSE DJs have really been digging into his latest 7″ release on Third Man Records, Write Me a Few Lines —  it’s been at the top of our blues  charts ever since its arrival. Check out one of our favorite videos of the man, himself, performing “Walkin Man” for La Blogotheque.

This entry was published on September 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm. It’s filed under WMSE Song of the Day and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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