Seasick Steve Announces New Album Sonic Soul Surfer

Seasick Steve
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Seasick Steve is one of those artists that everyone just says you have to see. He’s captivated audiences the world around, including in Australia, with his own take on twang, blues, boogie-woogie and rock and roll.

On the 20th March Seasick Steve will release his brand new album Sonic Soul Surfer. The album was recorded in Seasick Steve’s front room with his longtime drummer Dan Magnusson and also features appearances from Luther Dickinson (slide guitar), Georgina Leach (fiddle) and Ben Miller (jaw harp).

“The whole record is mostly me and Dan sitting there drinking and playing,” says Seasick Steve. “There ain’t a whole lot of producing going on! But I know what I’m doing and I know what I want.”

Check out the track listing for Sonic Soul Surfer below:

1. Roy’s Gang
2. Bring It On
3. Dog Gonna Play
4. In Peaceful Dreams
5. Summertime Boy
6. Swamp Dog
7. Sonic Soul Boogie
8. Right On Time
9. Barracuda ‘68
10. We Be Moving
11. Your Name
12. Heart Full Of Scars

A Selection of Bluesfest Sideshows

Lucinda Williams
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With a lineup as amazing as next year’s Bluesfest each of the sideshow announcements is an event unto itself. And we’d love to devote an individual article to every single sideshow announcement but they’re coming thick and fast – so instead we’ve decided to consolidate them in one place.

Below are the sideshow dates for Buddy Guy, Lucinda Williams (above), Steve Earle, Seasick Steve and Trombone Shorty. As we get the dates for more of the artists we’ll let you know.

Buddy Guy with Jonny Lang:
Tuesday 3rd April – Palais Theatre, Melbourne
Wednesday 4th April – Enmore Theatre, Sydney

Lucinda Williams:
Monday 2nd April – Palais Theatre
Tuesday 3rd April – State Theatre, Sydney

Steve Earle:
Friday 30th March – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tuesday 3rd April – The Gov, Adelaide
Wednesday 4th April – Lizzotte’s, Newcastle
Sunday 8th April – Factory Theatre, Sydney
Monday 9th April – Concourse Theatre, Perth

Seasick Steve:
Tuesday 10th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Trombone Shorty:
Saturday 7th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne

Full Second Lineup Announcement for Bluesfest 2012

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This morning saw the second lineup announcement for next year’s Byron Bay Bluesfest and as expected it’s pretty amazing. Check out the big names below:

Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Specials, Lucinda Williams, John Hiatt & The Combo, Donovan, Angelique Kidjo, Seasick Steve, Keb Mo, Nick Lowe, Rosie Ledet, Seth Lakeman, Harry Manx, Fabulous Thunderbirds and Alabama 3.

You’ve gotta be excited about that. These fine artists join an already impressive lineup (see it here). Single day and a limited amount of early bird tickets are available from the official website.

Perth International Arts Festival Lineup for 2012

Bonnie Prince Billy
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Hot off the back of the Sydney Festival program announcement comes an equally exciting lineup for this year’s Perth International Arts Festival. Featuring a full arts program of dance, theatre, visual arts, opera and more, it’s the Perth International Arts Festival contemporary music lineup we should be getting most excited about.

Among a plethora of amazing rock, pop and indie artists some big name folk, roots and alt-country artists are making their way to the west including Seasick Steve, The Suitcase Royale, Bonnie “Prince” Billy featuring The Cairo Gang (above), Ryan Adams, Slow Club (with Neon Indian), Penguin Café, Baro Banda and of course Bon Iver.

The 2012 Perth International Arts Festival takes place from the 10th February to the 3rd March. The full program and ticket information is available on the official site. Check out the highlights reel from the festival below:

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