The temptation on first hearing the (relatively) young Australian singer, guitar player and songwriter CW Stoneking is to pigeonhole him as a retro-curio, paying tribute to his favourite blues and R’n’B cats from the first half of the last century. But this is no mere pastiche. Sure, Stoneking evokes the spirit of a bygone age, but his integrity and invention have created a fresh and new sound out of something old, borrowed and (indeed) blue.
C.W. Stoneking conveys an air of authenticity worthy of one who hails either from the swamps of the Louisiana bayou country or the muddy fields of Mississippi. Practically a one man band, he makes the most of his rudimentary recording techniques to convey a sepia-tinted sound, one that’s raw, roughshod and flush with boogie, blues and swing. Yup, Stoneking is the real deal.