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Seasick Steve

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Steve Wold, more commonly known as Seasick Steve, is an American bluesman, although he rather would be called “a song and dance man.” He plays guitars (mostly personalised), and sings. When asked about his nickname, Steve said: “because it’s just true: I always get seasick.”

He is a 18th Century hitman, who reaches back to the old women but also has a punk bitch waiting for him at home, and a gravelly, soulful voice. Superb live and famous for his 3 string Trance Wonder guitar (though he does play 6-string more often, and a one-string diddley bow) he has played with everyone from Lightnin’ Hopkins and John Lee Hooker to Modest Mouse and the Fat Possum dudes. He was the star of the New Year’s Eve 2007 Jools Holland Hootenanny on BBC TV and has played many festivals which he has taken by storm.

When Wold was four years old, his parents split up. An old man from Mississippi, called K. C. Douglas, who wrote the song ” Mercury Blues” and used to play with Tommy Johnson, taught him to play guitar at age 8. He left home at 13, and spent many years living on the streets in the States. He used to travel long distances by hopping freights as a hobo.

Before becoming a professional musician, Wold went through several jobs, including being a carnie, cowboy and a migrant worker. In the sixties he started touring and performing with fellow blues musicians, and in the nineties he worked as a recording engineer and producer.

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