13 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seasick Steve’s first widely distributed release, I Started Out with Nothin and I Still Got Most of It Left, finds him fleshing out his sound. The country bluesman still lobs gobs of wily boogie. After all, “Thunderbird” is pure junkyard-stompin’ fun, yet you have to love those sweet gospel flavors seeping into both the title track and “Happy Man.” Steve then turns surprisingly moody on “Just Like a King,” a duet with pal and fellow blues aficionado Nick Cave, as he flashes more of his introspective side.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seasick Steve’s first widely distributed release, I Started Out with Nothin and I Still Got Most of It Left, finds him fleshing out his sound. The country bluesman still lobs gobs of wily boogie. After all, “Thunderbird” is pure junkyard-stompin’ fun, yet you have to love those sweet gospel flavors seeping into both the title track and “Happy Man.” Steve then turns surprisingly moody on “Just Like a King,” a duet with pal and fellow blues aficionado Nick Cave, as he flashes more of his introspective side.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
138 Ratings

138 Ratings

fredbot ,

Bluesy charm

I loved Dog house music, and although this album is not just Steve by himself, it still retains it's blues-y charm. Walkin Man is probably the best track on here, and if he keeps this kind of work up, then Steve will revive the blues genre. And what a revival!

SgntPepper ,

The Hobo Legend done Good !!

Got into Seasick after watchin him on Jools Holland's Hootenanny 2006. Wasn't into blues at all until I listened to him play - The man is a legend and put's other musicians to shame with his 3-string trance wonder. The big sound he get's from his old three stringed guitar is out of this world !!
"Started out with Nothin" is a great follow on from "Dog House Music" - Less raw but still no-nonsense picking and sliding from the Mississippi Bluesman - The album is as evocative as the last and an essential purchase.

nizy ,

Excelent follow-up to Dog House Music

I was lucky enough to see him live the other night in Southampton in the UK. He played many of these songs as well as some from "Dog House Music". They sound great live. I recommend seeing him live if you get the chance as he truly is a great performer.

Anyway, as for the album, it seems to me like a blend of "Cheap" and "Dog House Music". He plays with a drummer and occasional guests such as Ruby Turner & Nick Cave. The songs have the same boogie-blues feel to them, not quite as raw as his previous album, reminds me a bit of the great John Lee Hooker in terms of the style.

I particularly like his acoustic slide guitar on the tracks "Started out with Notin'" and "Walking Man". Other highlights include "Chiggers", "Thunderbird", "Happy Man" and "Prospect Lane".

To summarize, if you liked "Dog House Music", then you'll enjoy this album, which offers a slightly different sound from Steve, with some great acoustic and electric guitar, interesting lyrics and good vocals.

p.s. I got the special edition 2 disc cd version, which has many more tracks!

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