Seasick Steve Collaboration Details Emerge
April 9, 2012 by André Pusey
Details of the collaboration between Wolfmother and popular American blues musician Seasick Steve have begun to emerge. Following performances together at the ASP World Surfing Awards (watch from about 3:01:00) and yesterday’s (April 8th) Bluesfest in Byron Bay, it has now become clear that the two parties have written and recorded an original song together, although it is not yet clear if it is due to receive a release in the near future.
Reviewing the penultimate day of the Australian blues festival, goldcoast.com.au revealed that Wolfmother and Steve have been working on a track called ‘Shout’ in Byron Bay, frontman Andrew Stockdale’s hometown. Writing early this morning (April 9th), website contributor Suzanne Simonot said the following about Seasick Steve’s set:
Led Zep treasure John Paul Jones even pulled out some lap steel for Seasick Steve, who called “incredible Australian man” Andrew Stockdale and his Wolfmother bandmates to the stage to perform Shout, an anti-bank original they’ve been hanging out writing together in Byron.
Similarly, the Ballina Shire Advocate mentioned that Seasick Steve “took the opportunity to invite Aussie rockers Wolfmother on stage to sing a song he wrote with the band in Byron Bay about the global financial crisis”. Some quick digging reminded us that a studio version of the song does in fact exist, having been recorded the day before the ASP show (February 22nd). Talking about the collaboration on Twitter, Stockdale explained that “Steve dropped into our Studio in Byron, recorded it, next day we’re playing it at ASP”.
Stockdale and co. first met Steve back in October 2009, after both artists performed on the English TV show Later… with Jools Holland. It was later reported by The Sun that they went out in London on a drinking session, after which Steve noted that “I feel rotten. I barely slept last night. It got ugly”.
What do you think of Wolfmother and Seasick Steve collaborating? What do you think of the track (we assume it’s the first song they play in the ASP World Surfing Awards video)? Let us know in the comments below!