Seasick Steve review – fantastically compelling and charismatic performer
There is an elephant in this very large room and Seasick Steve has decided to address it. It’s a question of authenticity and, not to put too fine a point on it, whether his post-fame image has been substantially built on a big lie. It’s 10 years since the man then saying he was born Steve Wold first lurched into view on Jools Holland’s Hootenanny, bashing wildly at a three-string guitar and spinning yarns of a life spent busking, sleeping rough and jumping freight trains through the Mississippi delta. It made him the ultimate poster boy for blues authenticity: the hobo turned musical hero.