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Saturday, February 21, 2009

So Den De' Money Run Out...

In answer to Momentary Madness's Alabama 3 blues videos, here's an Australian version of some ole timey song (Sleepy John Estes, did he say?) called 'Ragged And Dirty' - which is how we're all going to be before this L shaped recession is over...




Does the interview bit from 3:15 on sorta re-tell the story of the current economic crisis or what?


Man, C.W. Stoneking is just the out-of-this-world best...

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As for his incredibly outback Australian accent (this is closer to how Hugh Jakcman should have been talking in "Australia - The Ad"), someone has commented on You-Tube: "He was born in Katherine to Californian hippie parents who met at a music festival. His parents went their separate ways and he grew up with his father who taught school at the Aboriginal community of Papunya."

Another YouTube comment: "Listening to C.W. is like being inside the coffin at a funeral march in New Orleans."

When I heard him on the radio (TripleR, not TripleJ) last year, I thought I noticed an extra layer of Mississippi drawl (for the public perhaps)...

E@L

6 comments:

rambeaux said...

Love it, and love that you love it!
Need I mention that I have played that steel guitar of his... Once when he was paid to play on the street outside a pub in St Kilda to get the punters in. Just an audience of his brother and I. He needed a beer, so he handed me the guitar and I had a play.

rambeaux said...

Played 'Hot tamales'... No-one walked by, and no punters came in.

expat@large said...

Be careful man, or he'll be doing a cover of your 'Hot' version!

Mark said...

Daaamn!... love that! thanks for putting those up...

Billy said...

more info on the enigmatic cw. his origins are impeccable - both mother's and father's side of the family come from good ol' Pennsylvania and West Virginia "hillbilly" - great grandfather was an engine driver on the B & O. He was born in Katherine NT and was evacuated from the hospital during the Big Wet of 1974. His father is the noted American/Australian poet, playwright and teacher, Billy Marshall Stoneking, who is the author of several books, including the modern-day classic, SINGING THE SNAKE, which is a poetic chrinicle of four years living with tribal Aboriginal people in Central Australia. CWs early influences musically were John Lee Hooker, Bessie Smith, Bobby Blue Bland and a host of obscure 50s RnB greats like CHuck Willis and others.

expat@large said...

Thanks for that Billy!

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