When: Fri., Feb. 14, 9 p.m. 2020
Born in Australia to American parents and raised in an Aboriginal community, C. W. Stoneking comes naturally to his eclectic mix of styles. He fell in love with the sound of early American blues when he first picked up guitar at age 11 and he’s stayed in that retro groove ever since. His albums have a low-tech sound — some might even say ‘no-tech’ — that makes them sound like they were recorded off of an Edison cylinder. His original songs are witty and mix R&B, calypso, ska, Hawaiian rhythms, rockabilly, swing and honky-tonk country music into something all his own. His vocals recall Ray Charles and Pop Staples, while his acoustic guitar shoots off sparks that bring his original tunes to vibrant life.