So Den De’ Money Run Out…

Posted in Uncategorized by expatatlarge on February 21, 2009

In answer to Momentary Madness’s Alabama 3 blues videos, here’s an Australian version of some ole timey song (Sleepy John Estes, did he say?) called ‘Ragged And Dirty’ – which is how we’re all going to be before this L shaped recession is over…

Does the interview bit from 3:15 on sorta re-tell the story of the current economic crisis or what?

Man, C.W. Stoneking is just the out-of-this-world best…


As for his incredibly outback Australian accent (this is closer to how Hugh Jakcman should have been talking in “Australia – The Ad”), someone has commented on You-Tube: “He was born in Katherine to Californian hippie parents who met at a music festival. His parents went their separate ways and he grew up with his father who taught school at the Aboriginal community of Papunya.”

Another YouTube comment: “Listening to C.W. is like being inside the coffin at a funeral march in New Orleans.”

When I heard him on the radio (TripleR, not TripleJ) last year, I thought I noticed an extra layer of Mississippi drawl (for the public perhaps)…



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  1. rambeaux said, on February 21, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Love it, and love that you love it!Need I mention that I have played that steel guitar of his… Once when he was paid to play on the street outside a pub in St Kilda to get the punters in. Just an audience of his brother and I. He needed a beer, so he handed me the guitar and I had a play.

  2. rambeaux said, on February 21, 2009 at 2:48 pm

    Played ‘Hot tamales’… No-one walked by, and no punters came in.

  3. expat@large said, on February 21, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Be careful man, or he’ll be doing a cover of your ‘Hot’ version!

  4. marke said, on February 21, 2009 at 4:19 pm

    Daaamn!… love that! thanks for putting those up…

  5. Billy said, on December 22, 2009 at 8:44 am

    more info on the enigmatic cw. his origins are impeccable – both mother's and father's side of the family come from good ol' Pennsylvania and West Virginia “hillbilly” – great grandfather was an engine driver on the B & O. He was born in Katherine NT and was evacuated from the hospital during the Big Wet of 1974. His father is the noted American/Australian poet, playwright and teacher, Billy Marshall Stoneking, who is the author of several books, including the modern-day classic, SINGING THE SNAKE, which is a poetic chrinicle of four years living with tribal Aboriginal people in Central Australia. CWs early influences musically were John Lee Hooker, Bessie Smith, Bobby Blue Bland and a host of obscure 50s RnB greats like CHuck Willis and others.

  6. expat@large said, on December 29, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks for that Billy!

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