Seasick Steve (from the album Can U Cook? available on BMG-UK)
Savoring the flavor, Seasick Steve wraps his words around a worldwide humanity sitting down at a common table as he slowly peals notes and a story from “Chewin’ on the Blues”, prophesizing that at some point in life, everyone will be having a taste of trouble. The tune comes from the recent release that keeps food on the menu in the title track as Seasick Steve thickens his playing roux with a potent backbeat, sharing the secrets to a successful love life both in and out of the kitchen with “Can U Cook?”. Keeping his patented musical ingredients of Blues boogie, Rock’n’Roll, Americana, and Folk, Can U Cook?, the ninth album release from Seasick Steve, simmers (“Get My Drift”), stews (“Locked Up and Locked Down Blues”), and boils (“Down de Road”) with the Blues.
Opening the album with a seasonal slam, Seasick Steve shakes off the cold as he hits the beach on a mighty Blues riff with “Hate da Winter”. Can U Cook? took the advice of the man with the guitar as Seasick Steve headed towards the heat to record the album, observing that ‘just seems there’s all kinds of sunshine and colors on this record. Maybe it’s because we made most of it down in Key West, Florida, or maybe it had somethin’ to do with the happy hours at Conch Republic? I swear! Can U Cook? was made down south, way down south, as far south as you can go and still have your boots in America’. The recording studio for Can U Cook? was a converted ice house on the dock in Key West, Seasick Steve backed by his longtime drummer Dan Magnusson as well as Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), the guitarist signing on as part of the band for upcoming tour dates. A Blues beat takes center stage as Can U Cook? welcomes “Company” onto the album as the rhythm falls in line looking at the up-and-comers seeking to steal the crown in “Young Blood” and curls under “Shady Tree” with a riff and a rumble while Seasick Steve kicks back with front porch Folk in “Sun on My Face” and makes plans for an exit when the things he loves are no longer within reach on “Last Rodeo”.
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