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Seasick Steve

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Steven Gene Wold (born 1941), commonly known as Seasick Steve, is an American musician. He plays mostly personalized guitars, and sings, usually about his early life doing casual work.

Wold was born in Oakland, California. When he was four years old, his parents split up. His father played boogie-woogie piano and Wold tried to learn when he was five or six, but could not. At the age of eight, he learned to play the guitar from K. C. Douglas, who worked at his grandfather’s garage, later realizing that he had been taught the blues. Douglas wrote the song “Mercury Blues” and had played with Tommy Johnson in the early 1940s. Wold left home at 13 to avoid abuse at the hands of his stepfather, and lived rough and on the road in Tennessee, Mississippi and elsewhere, until 1973. He would travel long distances by hopping freight trains, looking for work as a farm labourer or in other seasonal jobs, often living as a hobo. At various times, Wold worked as a carnie, a cowboy and a migrant worker. Paraphrasing H. L. Mencken, Wold described this time of his life by saying “Hobos are people who move around looking for work, tramps are people who move around but don’t look for work, and bums are people who don’t move and don’t work. I’ve been all three.”

When asked about his nickname, Wold has said: “because it’s just true: I always get seasick”. When he was ill on a ferry from Norway to Copenhagen, later in his life, a friend began playfully using the name and, despite Wold not rising to it for a while, it stuck.

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  • jessyrocker

    Cool Music

    6 hours ago Reply
  • Occulta66

    дивовижна музика

    21 Apr 1:37pm Reply
  • Thibarr

    J'adore ce mec et sa musique, badass à fond !

    15 Apr 9:21am Reply
  • mushroomtail

    Sadly I'm selling 2 tickets to the Manchester gig on 11th April, inbox me if you're interested :-)

    31 Mar 6:41pm Reply
  • Woo_Duu

    Нашел этого крутого мужика случайно, смотря Топ Гир, он был у них гостем. Теперь не нарадуюсь, просто шикарная музыка и голос!

    30 Mar 2:48pm Reply
  • leha9023

    вот прям шикарно

    26 Mar 5:29pm Reply
  • ThatLastGuy_

    "Heart Full Of Scars" is amazing.

    21 Mar 2:17am Reply
  • live_once

    Это блюз,детка!

    7 Feb 8:29pm Reply
  • noblesoldiers

    и жить хочется

    26 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Omigodz

    just heard this guy a few days ago in a festival 10/10 show

    24 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Vlad_Butterfly

    Вот этот мужик знает, что такое грув.

    28 Jun 2014 Reply
  • GhostFame

    Could anyone recommend me any similar artists? just leave a shout on my page or message me. Thanks :)

    9 May 2014 Reply
  • superaunt

    Seasick Steve, my music-power-genius!

    13 Feb 2014 Reply
  • danielbonza

    Why is Seasick Steve page in an "anti-socialism" group? He isn't anti-socialist, that's a stupid lie.

    17 Jan 2014 Reply
  • EmielC_

    looks like I found a new hero :D

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • moonflower57

    Raw and gutsy love his music

    18 Sep 2013 Reply
  • Foo_Szafer

    Steve jest genialny, nie ma co. Cholernie chciałbym iść na jego koncert :D

    18 Aug 2013 Reply
  • radioismyworld

    great music

    23 Jul 2013 Reply
  • grungehe

    Dajny gość, który fajnie gra.

    7 Jul 2013 Reply
  • kizzwownz

    Watched him live at Glastonbury on TV friday night, what a great musician

    30 Jun 2013 Reply
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