When he unassumingly meandered into the public consciousness back in the mid-naughties, the result of a now legendary appearance on Jools Holland’s Later show, Seasick Steve provided the perfect template for all those old rockers, punks, hippies, were never gonna’ bes and never even tried to bes.

Suddenly it seemed every bloke over fifty had a Gibbonsesque beard, dirty old jeans, converse and a stick in a box. The cigar box revolution was upon us and whilst great homegrown talent such as Hollowbelly and Chickenbone John may have made the genre seem ever so accessible to the kind of bloke that would normally be drawn to model railways in life’s later years, it was the swamp blues mystique of Seasick Steve that ensured the genre not only survived but flourished.  

But mystique will only get you so far and all these years later, with the release of his latest record ‘A Trip a Stumble a Fall Down on Your Knees’, Seasick Steve is still here, dishing out the kind of infectious, groove-laden garage punk blues that makes you want to kick back, grab a beer or six and, well, that’s probably enough right? 

‘Move to the Country’ and “Internet Cowboys’ get the trip underway and it’s the Seasick we all know and love… ‘Internet Cowboys’ takes us back to ‘Dog House Music’ days.

‘San Francisco Sound ’67’ sees the more sophisticated sides of Steve. A full-on riff on the Stormy Monday totem with some homage to the guitar of BB King.

Whether it’s the grooves of tracks such as ‘Let The Music Talk’, ‘Cryin’ Out Loud’ or ‘Soul Food’ or the more delicate swooning on ‘A Trip and a Stumble (For Leya) what jumps out on this record way more than any of his previous work are the vocals. Seasick Steve’s vocals have heaps of feeling in every single word. Each phrasing has feel, has soul, has the blues. a rare old asset these days. Bin the Bonamassa and stick on the Seasick….

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