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GIG: C.W. STONEKING

It’s been a quiet year for fans of C.W Stoneking. The ‘leading voice’ of Australia’s roots music scene has been laying low, celebrating the birth of his first daughter, and preparing for what he describes as a, “Pretty hardcore” touring schedule in 2010. On top of tours through the US, Britain and Europe, Stoneking will first treat Australian audiences to his unique brand of blues, jazz, calypso and jungle, with a national tour kicking off in Adelaide on July 7th. Supported by tenor banjo player Al Duval, described by Stoneking as, “One of those humorous guys who writes these songs that are really dark and twisted, vaudeville style,” the tour is a final lap for ARIA winning Jungle Blues before the release of a new album early next year. The new album, Stoneking says, “Sounds a little bit more like gospel … trailing out a little more from the old time sound, the King Hokum sound. Jungle Blues was a little less so, and this one probably less again.” With a hectic tour schedule, a new album on the way, and an invitation to record a 7” on Jack White’s Third Man label, 2010 promises to be a whirlwind year for Stoneking, and a real treat for his fans.

Sat Jul 10, 8pm, Selina’s, Coogee Bay Hotel, cnr Coogee Bay Rd & Arden St, $39+BF, 1300 438 849, moshtix.com.au

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