Seasick Steve – Blues In Mono (2020) [FLAC 24bit/44,1kHz]

Seasick Steve – Blues In Mono (2020)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 34:00 minutes | 277 MB | Genre: Blues
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © There’s A Dead Skunk Records

Steven Gene Wold (né Leach, March 19, 1951), commonly known as Seasick Steve, is an American blues musician. He plays mostly personalized guitars and sings, usually about his early life doing casual work. From the late 1960s, he worked as a musician and recording engineer in the US and Europe, as well as pursuing other work, before his commercial breakthrough, initially in the UK, at the end of 2006. Some sources suggest an earlier birth date.

Another artist, another lockdown album. Like so many other musicians, Seasick Steve has been compelled to make the most of the pandemic, by recording. And as this gentleman is in the business of making the most visceral blues, this exercise suits him perfectly. Especially as, as the title suggests, Blues in Mono foregrounds the genre’s foundations by paying tribute to the acoustic blues, the country blues of the first half of the twentieth century with a collection of covers of songs by masters like Mississippi Fred McDowell (Fred’s Worried Blues), Charlie Patton (Moon Going Down), Willie Dixon (My Babe), Mississippi Joe Callicott (Laughing to Keep From Crying), K.C. Douglas (Whisky Headed Woman), Lightnin’ Hopkins (Buddy Brown) and, closer to our times, R.L. Burnside (Goin’ Down South and Miss Maybell). Nevertheless, Steve slips four strong original compositions into the deck, such as Well, Well, Well, which is sure to delight his fans. Deprivation, despoliation, loneliness: there is no artifice here to distort the conversation between him and his guitar, which he carries on in his rough-hewn voice. A back-to-the-roots record, picked up nicely on an old 1940s microphone, just to lend even more authenticity to the proceedings. Raw, brutal, lacking in surprises: but it warms the soul and the heart. – Marc Zisman


1. Seasick Steve – Fred’s Worried Blues
2. Seasick Steve – My Babe
3. Seasick Steve – Laughing to Keep From Crying
4. Seasick Steve – Well Well Well
5. Seasick Steve – Buddy Brown
6. Seasick Steve – Goin’ Down South
7. Seasick Steve – Waitin’ For The Greyhound in Charleston, S.C. (With My 6 Year Old Son, On Our Way Back to Nashville)
8. Seasick Steve – Miss Maybell
9. Seasick Steve – Whisky Headed Woman
10. Seasick Steve – Moon Going Down
11. Seasick Steve – Golden Spun
12. Seasick Steve – Dusty Man