C.W. Stoneking

Wednesday 20 June 2018
The Portland Arms

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"...Fronting a five-piece outfit (himself on vocals and highly dextrous guitar playing, plus upright bass, drums and two female singers) from beneath a Stetson hat, Stoneking flickers in accent and persona between north of Alice Springs and south of the Mason-Dixon line. He taps into the collective imagination not just of blues artists – Goin’ Back South comically treats death as an inconvenient error – but also of old New Orleans jazzmen (on the wonderful, slumbering shuffle of The Zombie), creators of Calypso narrative tributes (Brave Son of America), the singers who took gospel from church to dance hall (a stomping Good Luck Charm) and Western crooners (the melancholy, Hawaii-inflected kitsch of On a Desert Isle and the hilarious yodelling tune Talkin’ Lion Blues.) The styles are archaic, but the results feel fresh.

He also gets a nice bit of business out of professing to hate banjos. It might be true, but I wouldn’t do this splendid fabulist the disservice of believing a word he says." The Guardian



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