For C.W. Stoneking the road continues to call and, following successful solo dates across the USA and through New Zealand earlier this year, C.W is returning to local stages for a limited series of solo performances. We're thrilled he'll be taking to the stage in The Brewery at The Imperial Hotel Eumundi on Saturday 11 May.
C.W. Stoneking is the embodiment of what some would say is a bygone era of music. From his rasping jungle-rock-blues, to his well-oiled locks, and his familiar all white clothing ensemble, he has converted fans across the world to his unique style.
C.W. Stoneking fell in love with the blues when he was in his teens. Born in Katherine, Northern Territory, CW was the son of an American school teacher with a passion for music. He vividly remembers being 11 years old and stumbling across Living With The Blues, an early blues compilation, in his father’s collection: “When I first heard it I thought it was kinda funny music”, he told a Dutch interviewer a few years ago, “because it was so deconstructed and not really adhering to any rules that I’d been told music [should] fit into. And the more I listened to it, I just liked it more and more.”
Soon his curiosity led him to Son House, Robert Johnson, Skip James and Bukka White, gospel blues, Chicago blues, ragtime, Hokum blues, with each sub-genre revealing more amazing music. It seemed like there was an endless universe of blues to explore, one that was much more interesting to Stoneking than the mundane world of late ’80s pop that was all around him at the time.
Flash forward a few years and CW taught himself the banjo and electric guitar, but his prized possession is a 1931 National Duolian dobro. This was same instrument that Blind Boy Fuller and other blues legends chose to play. “I liked it because it was loud,” Stoneking says, “When I first started playing old blues it wasn’t so easy to get a gig, and I spent a lot of time busking and things like that…I knew all the old blues guys who used to busk used them and it was for a good reason.”
He has a larger-than-life stage presence, beginning with his dapper outfit: tropical whites, a bowtie and slicked-back hair and exhibits a sly diffidence in his between-song patter too.
The blues is a living art form, albeit one that has been neglected by most contemporary musicians, and Stoneking has made it his mission to move the music forward whilst maintaining the authenticity that make this music so unique.
CW writes and performs all his own songs, and has recorded three complete albums of wholly original material: King Hokum, Jungle Blues and, the 2014 ARIA award winning Gon’ Boogaloo. Each one is as different from the other as the diverse strands of the blues that inspire him.
Rumour has it C.W. Stoneking has been busy crafting songs for his next full length album.
Fans can expect songs old and new, favourites performed as never heard before and perhaps a few surprises too.
TICKETS: $40 (+ booking fee) throughor at the Imperial Hotel (Ph: 5442 8811). $45 at the door (unless sold out)
Doors open 7.30pm
N.B. This is a non-seated event
Imperial Hotel Courtesy Bus
The Imperial Hotel’s FREE courtesy bus operates Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm + Sunday from 12pm-4pm travelling to Eumundi, Belli Park, Cooroy, Doonan, Eerwah Vale, North Arm, and Verrierdale. Phone Gary on 0467 414 171 to book.
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