Christopher William (C.W.) Stoneking is my new favorite musician
of all time today, and I’m sharing him with you. (You’re welcome…that is, if you too are a lover of The Blues.) I just recently discovered him and can’t believe I haven’t heard of him until now, because he’s been making music for over 20 years. C.W. is described by iTunes as a “Neo-blues player” and plays with his band “Primitive Horn Orchestra.”
He was born in Australia in 1974 and, after giving his music a listen, you might think he’s of the wrong generation, (luckily for us.) I made an insatiable search for everything he’s ever done. (I’m like that…if I like something I have to own it, have all of it, consume it. Yes I’m slightly obsessive with things I love.) I could kick myself as I just missed his show in DC last month at Song Byrd. Oh well, I didn’t know what I didn’t know.
C.W. found the blues at a young age and soon explored the likes of Robert Johnson, Skip James, Bukka White, and all kinds of blues from Chicago, ragtime, and Hokum (a raunchy type of American blues from the 20’s and 30’s.) He taught himself the banjo and electric guitar. Apparently he dresses in as dapper a manner as his music would suggest: white suit, bowtie, and slick-backed hair. I love people who seem like they are from another era, plus it’s the 20’s…so that boosts his cool factor even more.
He’s put out three albums: Gon’ Boogaloo (2014)
Jungle Blues (2008)
and King Hokum (2005.)
I’d invite you to check out his website www.cwstoneking.com where you can find out more about him, but I believe the music should speak for itself, so consider this your gateway introduction to his music. I will give you a little playlist below so you can get a sampling of his music. If you’re already a fan or have seen CWS live, I’d love to hear your impressions in the comments below!
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