Seasick Steve

Seasick Steve

Infobox musical artist
Name = Seasick Steve

Img_capt = Seasick Steve at The Big Chill 2006
Img_size = 200
Background = solo_singer
Origin = Oakland, California
Genre = Blues, Boogie, Country
Years_active = Unknown–Present
Label = Dead Skunk Records (2004) Bronzerat Records (2005-present) Warner Bros. Records (2008-present)
Associated_acts = Seasick Steve and the Level Devils Modest Mouse
URL = []
Notable_instruments = Guitar, vocals, diddley bow, other, customised instruments

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." [Citation
last = Op de Beeck
first = Geert
title = Humo's Pop Poll de Luxe: goed gerief van Seasick Steve
magazine = HUMO NR 3467
pages = 158
year = 2007


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,Fact|date=December 2007 taught him to play guitar at age 8. He left home at 13 to avoid abuse at the hands of his stepfather, and spent many years living on the streets in the States. He used to travel long distances by hopping freights as a hobo. [Op de Beeck, p.159]

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. [Op de Beeck, p.159-160]

Wold travelled extensively, living in 56 different houses in the 25 years of marriage with his Norwegian wife. Recently, Wold has stayed in Norway, after a recent heart attack made him consider staying in one place. [Op de Beeck, p.160]

After moving to Norway, Wold came out with his first album, entitled "cheap", recorded with a Swedish band called The Level Devils as his rhythm section. His debut solo album, "Dog House Music" was released by Bronzerat on 26 November, 2006

Wold made his first UK television appearance on Jools Holland's 'Annual Hootenanny' BBC TV show (broadcast on New Year's Eve 2006) where he performed a live rendition of "Dog House Boogie" on the 'Three String Trance Wonder' and 'The Mississippi Drum Machine' (see below). After that show his popularity suddenly boomed, as he explained in an interview: [Op de Beeck, p.158]

I can't believe it, all of the sudden I'm like the cat's miaow!

He has been well received in the U.K, winning the MOJO Award for Best Breakthrough Act. In 2007 he was invited to a number of large UK festivals, which resulted in him playing the most UK festivals out of any band in that year.

Steve toured early in 2008, playing in a number of venues and festivals in the UK. He was joined by a drummer on stage, Dan Magnusson, who formerly played with his backing band, The Level Devils. KT Tunstall also dueted with Steve at one concert (Astoria, London, 24th January 2008). [ [ Raucous night of hobo blues| Music | This is London ] ]

On 03 October 2008 he re-appeared on Jools Holland.

Personalised Instruments

As well as an electric guitar and an acoustic guitar, Seasick Steve owns (and plays) a few obscure and personalised instruments such as these:

*The Three String Trance Wonder
**This is a normal guitar, but with only three strings. It has an old Harmony pickup added (with duct tape) and is played tuned to G, G and B using an E string in the A position, a D in the G position and a G in the B position. At his gigs, he often tells the story that he bought it for $75 in this condition in Como, Mississippi from a man named Sherman, who later told him he only paid $25 for it the day before. Steve vowed never to add another string, and that he would tour the world telling his story of how Sherman ripped him off. [Op de Beeck, p.159] All in good fun as Sherman is a good buddy. A lot of the time he also adds (while picking up or putting away the guitar) that it is the "...biggest piece of shit in the world, I swear". During recent performances, including his set at 2008's Latitude and also Leeds and Reading 2008, the guitar had only two strings.Fact|date=August 2008

*The One Stringed Diddley Bow
**This is a one stringed string instrument played with a slide (He uses an old screwdriver for this purpose). It consists of a 2 foot long 2x4, with a semi-loose guitar string nailed to it at both ends. It was made especially for him by James 'Super Chikan' Johnson.

*The 'MDM', The Mississippi Drum Machine.
**A small wooden box that is stomped upon, providing percussion. It is decorated with a Mississippi license plate, and a small piece of carpet. [cite news|url=|publisher=The Observer|title=Only a Hobo|last=O'Hagan|first=Sean|date=2008-09-14]


tudio albums

ee also

* Modest Mouse


External links

* [ Official website]
* [ Seasick Steve interview at musicOMH]
* [ Seasick Steve interview at Blues In London]
* [ Hobo-Low: Seasick Steve Appreciation Forum]
* [ Record Label - Bronzerat recordings]

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