Last night I had the absolutely unusual experience of watching C.W. Stoneking play music at the Redwood Bar in downtown Los Angeles.
An old and good friend whose initials, AB, fittingly begin the alphabet, and who has led me astray for the eventual betterment of us both (lover of walri*, gambling, and roots music) many times before, brought me to the show.
What you need to know about C.W. Stoneking: He sings, plays guitar and tenor banjo. He lived in Trinidad and traveled to West Africa and New Orleans. He plays pre-war blues, jazz, and early calypso. He writes his own songs and has a voice that makes your organs shake. He’s also a young, white, Australian guy. But don’t let that fool you.
Here is a short clip of one of my favorite numbers of last night:
This is Stoneking performing Robert Johnson’s song “All My Love in Vain” at a culb in Rosendale, New York in 2008:
Here is his music video for the title track from his most recent album “Jungle Blues:”
*walri: plural of walrus