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King Hokum by CW Stoneking

PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:00 pm
by Gordon Neill
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This CW Stoneking feller is hard to figure. Sounds old, real old. Old enough to be singing into bits of wax or those big trumpet affairs. But turns out he’s a young un who’s still got his own teeth and hair. Not that you can tell. Always wearing a hat and not smiling. So I’m just guessing.

And he’s from the deep south. I coulda guessed that one from the songs on this here ceedee. It all sounds like a mess of Blind Willie McTell and jug bands. The old timey stuff you got on Yazoo records with banjos an' all. But turns out it’s the deep south of Australia that he hails from. Why a feller like that want to go hail from there? Or maybes, why a feller from there be like that? Mighty strange. I’se starting to think that, when it comes to hokum, this CW is the real deal.

An’ his songs are pretty darn strange, if you asks me. Lookit this one: ‘You Took My Thing and Put It In Your Place’. Why write a song ‘bout that? Womens forever tidying things away, it’s in their nature and all. They’se always taking your stuff and sticking it where it’s no business being. We all knows that’s no use if you need it a hurry. But complainin’ ‘bout it ain’t gonna change a darn thing, so far as I can tell. Prob’ly make it worse, if my old Bessie's anything to go by. No wonder it ain’t easy for folks to get a hold of this ceedee. Just a mess o' trouble, they prob’ly figure. And they ain't wrong.

I ain’t fixin’ to do no review or nothin’. I got hogs to holler at. The main thing is I just wanted you all to knows that I got this ceedee. And you don’t.

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Re: King Hokum by CW Stoneking

PostPosted: Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:16 pm
by Chris P
Good ol boy Neill wrote:I’se starting to think that, when it comes to hokum, this CW is the real deal.


hahahahaha heeheeheeheehee

I got this ceedee. And you don’t


i'se a sayin itsa on its durned way tho'. See i found some dealer on am'son who done ships these lil shiny suckers for less than 10 of em ol pounds o' yours, orl the way frim other side of gawd's golfball

PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:37 am
by Gordon Neill
Christopher, I couldn't help noticin' your accent turned kinda strange. Ah hopes you ain't tryin' to be funny and all. My Bessie don't take kindly to that sorta thing. Just ask ole Chester, who said the cruise comp'ny should give her a wide berth. Three years on an' his jaw still don' open all the way.

As for buying this ceedee for less than ten pounds sterling, you be careful. Bessie says you gets what you pays for. And you payed less. Maybes they'se missed out notes and all. You'd never know what you was missing.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 12:53 am
by Chris P
Ise tucked up in bed with my gal Bertha and my fingers in my ears 'n I'm hummin a lil lullaby un I can't hear yuh, yer hear. Tell your Bessie : oil tankers with pirates on give a wide berth to my lil Big Bertha, n I sure wouldnt want any trouble y'hear.

Goin' down slow

PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:05 am
by Gordon Neill
You lucky. Bertha sound cuddly. It's ma time for bed, but ahm jus' playin' for time here. I don' like to get on the wrong side of Bessie. The thing is, after 28 years, I still can't tell which is which. You don' get no clues from her knuckles, either. One says 'hate' and the other says 'hate'. I'll jus' have to toss the coin again and hope for the bes'. Wish me luck, fellas.

PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:17 am
by Chris P
Junior wrote:oil tankers with pirates on give a wide berth to my lil Big Bertha

n you oughter know I wasn't talkin cabins (or bobbins) here, g'night Pa

PostPosted: Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:30 am
by Gordon Neill
G'night son. You be careful there. Watch that Bertha don' start takin' your thing and puttin' it in her place. You might never see it agains.

Re: King Hokum by CW Stoneking

PostPosted: Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:18 pm
by Charlie
Gordon Neill wrote:This CW Stoneking feller is hard to figure. Sounds old, real old. Old enough to be singing into bits of wax or those big trumpet affairs. But turns out he’s a young un who’s still got his own teeth and hair. Not that you can tell. Always wearing a hat and not smiling. So I’m just guessing.

CW will be the guest on World on 3 on 20th Feb, singing four songs and playing the game I used to call Radio Ping Pong until forbidden to do so.

I still don't know what to make of him, but he knocks me out on every level, in effect a true disciple of that Harry Smith box set although he isn't particularly familiar with it.

www.myspace.com/cwstoneking

PostPosted: Sat Feb 07, 2009 1:38 pm
by Gordon Neill
Anyone know if CW is touring over here? Or did he just jet over 'specially to tak to Charlie?

In the meantime, here's a clip of him singing 'Dodo Blues'.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/musictv/folkameric ... oneking/2/

PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:35 pm
by Charlie
Gordon Neill wrote:Anyone know if CW is touring over here? Or did he just jet over 'specially to talk to Charlie?

He was here for the Barbican event on 22 Jan described in the gig section. He says he plans to come back to Europe in the summer.

But I don't see the clip you refer to.

PostPosted: Tue Feb 10, 2009 12:55 pm
by Gordon Neill
Charlie said:

I don't see the clip you refer to.


Oops. Link now added and nailed down.