From Joni Mitchell to Nick Cave to Modest Mouse, Seasick Steve has fans in them all
Which musician nominated for Best International Male Solo Artist at the upcoming Brit Awards can you see getting down and dirty at a blues festival, and in an intimate club setting this coming April? Neil Diamond? Nope. Jay-Z? I don’t think so. Kanye West. Aw, hell no! The nominated artist visiting our shores is none other than the blues belting, dungaree wearing, Jack Daniels swigging, one and only Seasick Steve.
Already announced as part of the 20th Anniversary line up for the Byron Bay Bluesfest and the West Coast Blues n Roots Festival, today Chugg Entertainment is thrilled to announce that the stand out musical discovery of 2008 is going to be playing two very
special sideshows of his own in Sydney and Melbourne.
The tour will closely follow the release of his second album, ‘I Started Out with Nothin and I Still Got Most of It Left’. Since its release in the UK in September of last year it has already sold over 100,000 copies and includes appearances by Nick Cave, KT Tunstall and Ruby Turner.
Seasick Steve will be heading back to Byron Bay to kick off his 2009 tour, helping to open Bluesfest in style on Thursday 9 April and then hitting the stage again on Saturday 11 April. From there he heads down to Melbourne for the first of his sideshows, performing at the Corner Hotel on Monday 13 April. The tour will then take Steve to Sydney’s Metro Theatre on Wednesday 15 April, before finishing off on
Saturday 18 April, at the West Coast Blues n Roots Festival in Fremantle.
Steve Wold (better known as Seasick Steve) plays old-time beat-blues music from a life on the street and on the road, having been kicked out of home at the age of 13. Before becoming a professional musician, Steve was a carnie, a cowboy and a migrant worker.
In the sixties he started touring and performing with fellow blues musicians, and in the nineties he worked quietly as a recording engineer and producer. The quiet times have passed and it’s been a big couple of years for Steve. After he made his first UK television appearance on Jools Holland’s ‘Annual Hootenanny’ BBC TV show in 2006 he went on to win the 2007 MOJO Award for Best Breakthrough Act – no
mean feat at the ripe old age of 66 (ish). That same year he was invited to a number of large UK festivals (including Glastonbury, Reading and Leeds Festivals), which resulted in him playing the most UK festivals of any act in that year.
n the UK, his debut solo album, ‘Dog House Music’, has sold 140 000 copies since its release in 2006, and ‘I Started out with Nothin’ and I Still Got Most of It Left’, made it into the Top 10 in 2008, around the same time that he played to a capacity crowd at London’s illustrious Albert Hall.
To top it all off, now, in 2009, he has been nominated for a Brit Award for Best International Solo Male, putting him in the same company has such superstars as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan and Justin Timberlake. This time last year the question on everybody’s lips was “who the hell is Seasick Steve?”. This year the question you should be asking is “how the hell can I get tickets?!”
Do yourself a favour and do NOT miss this amazing man in action, tickets on sale now!
13 April – Melbourne, The Corner Hotel
Tickets on sale through Corner Box Office
http://www.cornerhotel.com or 03 9427 9198
15 April – Sydney, Metro Theatre
Tickets on sale through Ticketek
http://www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849