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Two Nights of Aussie Bluesman C.W. Stoneking in New York City

May 25th, 2016

Singer-songwriter, guitarist and banjoist C.W. Stoneking has been doing his take on the blues, hokum and jungle music since around the turn of the millennium. And despite spending large parts of his youth in rural Australia, Stoneking (above, performing “Get on the Floor” for Melbournes 3RRR) has been able to travel the world thanks to his recorded discography. Inspired by the likes of Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy, he’s released five full-lengths, including 2014’s Gon’ Boogaloo, about which Rolling Stone wrote, “If you can believe your ears, Cab Calloway was king and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins was a pup when C.W. Stoneking made this album. Gon’ Boogaloo is state-of-the-art circa maybe 1940: a single microphone bears eerie witness to deep jungle drums, upright bass and handclappin’ girly chorus in far-flung corners as the Aussie blues enigma growls and shouts his scarily authentic voodoo…. Which makes this, obviously, gold.” Touring the United States, Stoneking plays Rough Trade NYC tomorrow and Mercury Lounge on Friday. Blues troubadour Brownbird Ruby Relic opens both shows.