Keeping the Horse Between Me and the Ground Seasick Steve There’s a Dead Skunk Seasick Steve’s hobo blues persona has taken another beating from a new biography that suggests much of it is fabrication. The biography, by Matthew Wright, claims Seasick’s name is not Steve Wold but Steve Leach, and he was born a decade later than claimed. Nor is he a struggling blue-collar savant who honed his skill rambling though the backroads of America. According to Wright, he cut his musical teeth in Shanti, an Indo-American band dedicated to transcendental meditation, before moving into disco and then a Beach Boys splinter band started by Mike Love. Not that you would ever tell that listening to the blues player’s eighth album. Those familiar raw, addictive riffs are there on songs such as the title track, Walkin’ Blues and Gypsy Blues, alongside elements of country and folk. There’s a Bobby Gentry feel to Bullseye and the country mood is accentuated with the brash Grass is Greener. The emotive ballad Shipwreck Love, with its mournful violin and moving lyrics, leans towards folk and sees Wold extend his vocal range. Disc two is an allacoustic set and surprisingly (or perhaps not) includes covers such as Gentle on My Mind and Hank Williams’s I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry. Wold’s often gritty voice takes on a Dylanesque quality on Hard Knocks and holds up well on his relaxed version of Everybody’s Talkin’. However, the collection is let down by a lack of variety, other than some jaunty banjo on Southern Biscuit, the lyrics of which appear to be a recipe.