We were lucky enough to catch blues aficionado, Seasick Steve at SXSW. After signing a one-album deal with Third Man Records, he was a performing passenger on their nomadic, Austin stage. The bearded, Bo Diddley beat enthusiast grabbed our attention with his addictively catchy, melancholic tales.
Seasick Steve is the Charles Bukowski of contemporary blues. The 70-year-old man spent his life on the road working casual jobs and playing his guitar. He worked as a carnie, a cowboy, and a migrant worker, just to name a few. During his earlier days, Steve befriended notable musicians Janis Joplin and Joni Mitchell. Fast-forward 30 years and hes hanging out with Kurt Cobain and recording for Modest Mouse.
Seasick Steve has seen it all, and his tales are told with unique accompaniment. His focal instruments are his Three-String Trance Wonder, One-Stringed Diddley Bow, and his Mississippi Drum Machine (a wooden box). It's astounding that out of duct-tape rigged tools, the man produces audile brilliance.
His album, being released via Third Man Records, is expected later this year. Seasick Steve is also hitting the road performing at small US venues in preparation for the release. We've got a few interesting videos of Steve below:
Seasick Steve Chats w/ Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear
Seasick Steve Plays The Third Man Truck at SXSW '11
Check out Seasick Steve's performance of "Dog House" on UK's Jools Holland.