Seasick Steve, Keepin’ The Horse Between Me And The Ground

American blues musician Steven Gene Wold, commonly known as Seasick Steve released his latest album Keepin’ the Horse Between Me and the Ground last year.

By Jane Howkins. 

Blues guitarist Seasick Steve (real name Steve Wold) released his eighth album Keepin’ The Horse Between Me And The Ground last year, and we’re ashamed to say we didn’t get a chance to hear it sooner! Steve’s passion and talent shines through on each of the twenty songs displayed on this double album, showing that sometimes a simple but passionate guitar lick can do the job perfectly. Steve has received some criticism recently over his background, due to the fact that his lifestyle has been a little different to the bluecollar one portrayed in many of his songs. Whilst it may be a little disappointing for some people to hear that he was more of a session player than a hobo, there’s no doubt that he is the real deal – at least in terms of musicality.

KTHBMAG is typical stuff from Steve and there’s nothing here that is too different from what he has done before, but then there was nothing much wrong with his previous work (quite the opposite in fact), so that’s not a criticism. The blues can get a little repetitive after a while, but there’s a mixture of different bluesy styles present on the album, meaning that this never really tends to happen here. Walkin’ Blues is very much a stomp of a song (as the title might testify), but then Bullseye comes along afterwards and changes that, bringing the tempo right down but never losing the rock ‘n’ roll attitude. These songs are also pretty catchy, which is a testament to Steve’s skills as a songwriter and a musician. This is a great album, and in our opinion, a much more worthy effort than 2015’s Sonic Soul Surfer.

There have been some questions about how genuine Steve’s blues background is, but when the songs are this good, does it really matter? It’s the music that is important and that certainly seems to be authentic, even if his history isn’t.