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Man From An­other Time

(At­lantic/Ryko) Man From

An­other Time finds 69-year-old Amer­i­can blues­man Sea­sick Steve ad­mit­ting that his “great­est fear be­fore I die / Is to turn into a bor­ing old fart.” He need not worry. Sea­sick Steve was pals with Ja­nis Jo­plin, friends with Kurt Cobain, and a stage mate of Light­nin’ Hop­kins, and his ag­ile slide-gui­tar play­ing has earned him some un­likely diehard fans. Dur­ing Olympia, Wash­ing­ton’s, 1990s in­die hey­day, he recorded riot-gr­rrl punk act Bikini Kill and was the lead pro­ducer of Mod­est Mouse’s break­through al­bum, This Is a Long Drive for Some­one With Noth­ing

to Think About. On this fit­tingly ti­tled disc, Sea­sick Steve clips through a dozen tracks of taut, au­then­tic 12-bar blues songs that re­count his vagabond life spent hop­ping trains from one ap­ple-pick­ing job to an­other. They in­clude “Big Green and Yeller,” a smoky ode to his newly ac­quired John Deere Model 60, and the work-camp bal­lad “We­natchee,” whose heavy use of a three-string Fender (known as the “three-string trance won­der”) sounds like the early garage rock of the White Stripes. On “Did­dley Bo,” he belts out his love of the ob­scure home­made in­stru­ment, es­sen­tially a two-by-four strung with broom wire that he plays with a screw­driver. The stand­out is a not-so-se­cret fi­nal track, a cover of Hank Wil­liams’ “I’m So Lone­some I Could Cry” with Amer­i­cana dar­ling Amy LaVere. The pair wrings lovesick­ness out of this well-worn coun­try stan­dard.

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