Seasick Steve : I Started Out With Nothing And I Still Got Most of It Left

Seasick Steve at The Big Chill 2006
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Catchy headline and a cracking name for a music album. Introduced to the UK via Jools Holland and a hit at Glastonbury, I am revealing my less-than-cool credentials by ‘discovering’ a new, old act. Seasick Steve – an unlikely name for a music star – the bearded, blues-singing wonder was on Something For The Weekend on the BBC today. Once he rattled off a section of St. Louis Slim on his knackered, old 3 string guitar – boy, could he make that thing wail – it dawns on you that he is no cloned pop-star product of the noughties. OK, such is his burgeoning bankability – he has a sexy new website and has just released his 4th album – you could be forgiven for assuming some Cowell-ite impresario has plucked the sexagenarian from some Wild West carnival. No chance. Interviewed by Emma Bunton, he came across as thoroughly real – and then he started to play. Wow. Basic, traditional, blues or just plain good tunes with a wry smile.


His appeal extends across age ranges and you can hear why. This is music and it jumps as a wonderful relief into the antiseptic and largely irrelevant charts. Youngsters may never have experienced confection this rich and must be drawn to it with curiosity and then some satisfaction. Lacking the polish of, say, Ray LaMontagne, Seasick Steve sings from the heart and unconsciously makes his guitar join in. Steve starts a UK tour shortly and tickets will have to be snaffled. Check out the samples on his website. You will understand my prattling. Yeee hah !!


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SimonFebruary 3rd, 2009 at 11:05 am


Michael MoonFebruary 16th, 2009 at 2:56 pm

I came across this amazing guy last night – quite by accident. Sky had him down as Seasick St and I wondered what is was all about. I’m just blown away with his musical honesty. Its all in his eyes – its a smiling honesty – so rare – it should be bottled and preserved. I can only play an elastic band strung between the knobs on a chest of drawers. But I bet if Steve saw it he could get a decent tune out of it – It would be a bit heavy flinging it off stage, don’t you think?

SimonFebruary 16th, 2009 at 3:17 pm

Well said Michael. Yeah, that’s what struck me is the fact he is so down to earth – obviously loves what he plays but not phased by the attention. I noticed Steve has had some more coverage on BBC4 so I’ve Sky+’d for later viewing.

SimonJanuary 5th, 2010 at 9:47 am

great to see Steve’s appearance on this week’s Top Gear. Loved the Morris Minor guitar!