Back in stock. There's a thin line between pastiche and honestly trying to recapture the original rough-shod, rough-voiced blues. CW Stoneking falls on the right side of divide, serving up an album of down-home blues which moved between the world-weary, the saucy and the satirical. Listen to She's a Bread Baker, Stoneking clawing at his guitar in a simple 12-bar style, whilst warbling something just coherent enough to think he ain't talking about yeast and dough. Stoneking's singing is clearer on his two duets with Kirsty Fraser. He shows a great sing-speak rhythm, especially on You Took My Thing and Put it in you Place, where, he wants it back, and don't want Fraser to get it back. For her part, she plays it saucy but straight, despite the wondrously silly lyrics. Producer J Walker keeps his touches light, allowing the assemblage of guitar, jug, bass, clarinet and so on the benefit of a live sound. On King Hokum, Stoneking channels the old blue-singers without sounding like pastiche, and modern without sounding lifeless. He's got the blues, and we should all revel in them.
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