Songs for Elisabeth is Seasick Steve's 2010 album, if you are not familiar with it Seasick Steve and like blues then you are definitely missing out, he's the rawest artist to come up in recent times, born in California in 1941, he's lived an interesting life and is full of character and has only began to have commercial success in the last 5 years.
There's little in the way of new material on this album, in fact only one track is not any of his previous releases and it was mostly an attempt from the record label to cash in on Valentine's Day! Tracks such as 8 Ball and Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde seem polished on this album.
Seasick Steve prefers to call himself a song and dance man but some of his tracks are distinctly bluesy whilst others have a country tune to them, all of the albums on this track are love songs and whilst you may not expect a former jailbird and hobo to master some soppy tunes, it's his art of storytelling that has come through experience and his powerful voice combined with awesome guitar playing that makes this album a superb purchase.
Nick Cave sings backing vocals on "Just Like A King" and does a stellar job of it, the combination of these two instantly recognisable vocals works wonders and puts the track up there with my personal favourite of the album "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde"
I have every Seasick Steve album and although it doesn't offer up much in the way of new stuff, it could prove an interesting introduction to the artist from a market that wouldn't necessarily go for his stuff. Oh and Elisabeth in case you didn't guess, is his wife!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 8 Ball
2 Walkin' Man
3 My Donny
4 Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde
5 Just Like A King
6 My Home (Blue Eyes)
7 Ready For Love