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Seasick Steve

Man From Another Time

(Warner Bros; US: import; UK: 19 Oct 2009; Canada Release Date: 17 Nov 2009)

I don’t know Steve’s age. If I had to guess, I would say he is 135 years old. Granted, Man From Another Time is only his third album, but judging from his voice and his sound, this record was likely recorded by Alan Lomax. Actually, the album was produced, written, recorded, and engineered by Steve himself, exclusively using valve amps, ribbon mics, and an arsenal of stringed instruments either found by the side of the road or built from parts found on the side of the road. Darling of the UK festival circuit, Oakland born Steven Gene Wold utilizes all the twang of Ry Cooder, Howlin’ Wolf, and Bo Diddley and a voice that sounds like decades passing in the night to create authentic back porch blues. The guy is happy to have a job, drive his tractor all day long, and play a two-by-four with a string nailed to it. He is as American as apple pie and as crotchety as Grampa Simpson. You will not find anyone in the music business today who is more real than Seasick Steve.

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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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