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We are thrilled to announce C.W. STONEKING is back at the Imperial Hotel, taking to the stage in The Brewery on Saturday 27 March for a night of tall tales and gorgeous melodies.
It’s probably easiest to describe C.W. Stoneking as a ‘blues artist,’ but the term disguises what makes his music special.
There’s so much in there. A 1920s pre-war blues sound is key, but there’s almost equal helpings of New Orleans jazz, jug band music, hokum, country and calypso, and he’s lately brought in elements of jump jive, early rock’n’roll and gospel. His gift is that he brings them all together without anything sounding out of place. He finds the strands that connect all of these different styles and gently braids them together.
It’s what he values more than anything: “It’s getting everything to unify really. The music, the flow of it, keeping it moving, with no dead spots. Then I guess having the lyrics and the meaning that flows in that too, you know? Getting it all to knit together in a way that, if you didn’t speak English maybe, you’d still be able to feel the melody, or the sounds of the words. If you did, then the meaning would also flow. That’s sort of what I’m trying to do, I guess.”
When so many on the blues scene are trying to sound ‘authentic’ – whatever that is – it’s that unity of sound that allows Stoneking to actually achieve it, and with apparent ease, too. Back in the day, no-one was ‘just’ a blues musician, or a jazz or country musician, and so neither is he.
Stoneking’s work can never really be second-guessed; you never know what you’re going to get. After charming his audiences with acoustic parlour guitars, National resonators, tenor banjos and a band laden with brass on his first two albums 'King Hokum' and 'Jungle Blues', he dropped all of that to go electric on the 2014 ARIA award-winning 'Gon’ Boogaloo'. Each album is as different from the other as the diverse strands of music that inspire him.
Storytelling is one of his most potent powers. He truly knows how to spin a yarn. His songs are similarly irreverent and fantastical with tales of talking animals, voodoo gone wrong and a myriad of characters in unfortunate situations in locations from jai to the jungle to heaven itself. Almost all of his work is drenched in that humour, whether it be sly innuendo, ridiculous sitcom or his particular knack for extended conversations between fictional friends.
With a C.W. Stoneking show, the only constant is surprise.
Doors open at 7.30pm
To comply with Covid-safe practices, there is LIMITED seating at this event. Seating is non-allocated - first come, first served. There will be plenty of standing room.
Ticket holders’ information will be collected for the purposes of Track & Tracing to comply with current restrictions. Providing your info is a condition of entry to this event.
Imperial Hotel Courtesy Bus
The Imperial Hotel’s FREE courtesy bus operates Friday and Saturday nights from 5pm, travelling to Eumundi, Belli Park, Cooroy, Doonan, Eerwah Vale, North Arm, and Verrierdale. Phone Aaron on 0478 814 169 on the day to book.
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