Countdown to Latitude: Seasick Steve

Seasick Steve, the good time bluesman and one-time railcar hobo, returns to Latitude with his Mississippi grooves on Saturday. One of the highlights of last year’s festival, Seasick Steve packed out the Uncut Arena on a sunny afternoon and this year he’s been bumped up the bill to the Obelisk stage...

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Seasick Steve, the good time bluesman and one-time railcar hobo, returns to Latitude with his Mississippi grooves on Saturday. One of the highlights of last year’s festival, Seasick Steve packed out the Uncut Arena on a sunny afternoon and this year he’s been bumped up the bill to the Obelisk stage…



Usually dressed in denim dungarees, worn out baseball cap and a ZZ Top beard, it’s no stretch to imagine Seasick Steve living on the streets in the ‘60s. When he sings about hardship and sorrow you know it comes from real experience, some of which he shares in the interludes between songs. It’s impossible not to warm to him.

He plays the 12-bar blues at bone-cracking volume, using the classic tools of his calling: bottleneck, mic-ed up wooden box, bottle of bourbon next to his thumping foot. A must-see for any fans of Howlin’ Wolf.

See him play his three Stringed Tranz Wonder guitar in this clip.

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NAT DAVIES

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