C.W. STONEKING’S GON’ BOOGALOO
OUT NOW ON KING HOKUM RECORDS
OUT NOW ON KING HOKUM RECORDS
ON TOUR THROUGHOUT NORTH AMERICA
photo credit: Kane Hibberd
“immaculate, old-world musicianship”—Rolling Stone
“Stoneking’s delivery is indistinct but beautiful in the way Tom Waits’s growl can be beautiful.”
“The Australian’s authentic early blues sound…only adds to the impression that, somehow, he is the real McCoy.”—The Age
“This guy is the real deal.”—WXPN FM (NPR)
“Classic electric chicken grease chords, a three-piece backup harmony, rhythmic bass and claps fitting for a jitterbug or bouncy two-step combine for a feel reminiscent of early Ray Charles.”
Gon’ Boogaloo, the third full-length album from ARIA Award-winning Australian artist C.W. Stoneking, is out today on King Hokum Records. After premiering in full via WXPN’s The Key, the record is now available via all streaming services and independent record stores nationwide.
WXPN raves that Gon’ Boogaloo is “a collection of upbeat, raw, visceral blues songs that not only takes you back in time, but straight to the dance floor,” while the Village Voice calls Stoneking “the hottest—and most enigmatic—blues artist in Australia.” WNYC Soundcheck says “to hear [Stoneking] perform you’d think he was born in the Mississippi Delta around a hundred years ago,” and praises his songs as “full of weird and possibly baleful imagery,” and PopMatters hails the record as “raw, unvarnished [and] passionate.”
Stoneking is currently on tour throughout North America in celebration of the forthcoming release, making stops at the Vancouver Folk Festival, Pickathon and Chicago’s Do Division Festival. See below for a list of dates.
Hailing from Australia’s remote Northern Territory, Stoneking grew up listening to gospel, ragtime and Chicago blues, citing American musicians including Son House, Robert Johnson, Skip James and Bukka White among his earliest influences. “When I first heard it I thought it was kinda funny music,” Stoneking explains, “because it was so deconstructed and not really adhering to any rules that I’d been told music [should] fit into.” The Guardian notes that “you get the impression that he is so completely immersed in the era of the earliest folk recordings that his shambling, clattering sound is a default setting, not an artistic choice. Hearing Stoneking perform live is, somehow, like listening to an old ‘78 recovered from a dusty attic in New Orleans.”
Stoneking’s debut album, 2006’s King Hokum, garnered extensive critical praise in his native Australia. ABC Radio National’s “Breakfast” named it the 2006 Album of the Year and it was nominated for Best Blues/Roots Album at the ARIA Music Awards. His follow-up, 2008’s Jungle Blues, won the ARIA for Best Blues/Roots Album and was nominated for Best Independent Release, Best Male Artist and Best Album Cover Art. The album was also shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize and saw Stoneking perform the tracks “Jungle Blues” and “Jungle Lullaby” on “Later…with Jools Holland” during his European tour.
GON’ BOOGALOO TRACK LIST
1. How Long
2. The Zombie
3. Get On The Floor
4. The Thing I Done
5. Tomorrow Gon’ Be Too Late
6. Mama Got The Blues
7. Goin’ Back South
8. The Jungle Swing
9. Good Luck Charm
10. I’m The Jungle Man
11. On A Desert Isle
12. We Gon’ Boogaloo
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