This American-born singer-guitarist was a working bluesman in the late Sixties. With better luck, he might have been a revival star like John Hammond or Taj Mahal. Instead, Seasick Steve (real name Steven Wold) has won recent acclaim in the U.K. without easing up on his Delta-purist vigor. His first U.S. album has the fun and fury of his gigs, plus bass and mandolin work by Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones, a notable seal of approval. There's gratitude, too, in "Days Gone" and the ballad "It's a Long Long Way," the sound of a man who knows his fortune came just in time.
Listen to "You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks":