The advance copy of this record came with a letter from Seasick Steve, which opened with “Well, I’m still alive. I made a new record. It’s called Hubcap Music. That’s cus I play some songs on a guitar made out of 2 hubcaps and a garden hoe, and cus I couldn’t think of nothing else.”
Pretty good explanation if you ask me. The whole DIY hubcap guitar really could have gone either way, but he absolute nails it on this album. It’s bluesy, and rocky, and makes you feel like you’re at a real old fashioned hoe down. There’s no better truckers anthem than ‘Keep on Keepin’ On’, which I imagine a bunch of tattooed hillbillies smacking their steering wheel to as they venture down some unknown southern road. I hope I’m not making ol’ Steve sound like a redneck, because he’s a truly kind, authentic soul, and he can play the hell out of his guitar.
This is stripped down, laid bare music at it’s realist, and in an age of over-processed everything, it’s a breath of fresh air.
Hubcap Music is out now through Third Man Records.