These days it’s not often that an internationally renowned musician makes a stop to play in a club in Lafayette, much less in the middle of summer. For many in the roots music world, the Hub City holds a romantic image of accordion driven dances under moonlight filtered through thick Spanish moss. Having built a career with tunes inspired by the blues and country of the American south, it’s not that surprising that C. W. Stoneking would make it a point to stop in South Louisiana on his 2019 tour of the U.S.
Born in Northern Territory, Australia to famed American-Australian author Billy Marshall Stoneking, Christopher William started playing music at early age and released his first album in 1998. His 2006 breakthrough King Hokum received critical acclaim and set the singer-songwriter up for a continual career in music. The follow up Jungle Blues entered the Australian album chart and brought Stoneking’s blend of vintage Americana a great deal of commercial success.
For this special occasion, I’m devoting the majority of this week’s playlist to C.W. Stoneking. You’ll hear the calypso of “To Love Me or Die” and the raw gospel blues “How Long”. Also in the mix is Stoneking’s latest single, “Get on the Floor”, an antique rocker that could’ve easily been recorded in New Orleans around the mid-20th century.
Live music in Lafayette this week
Wednesday, July 24 at 8:00pm
Blue Moon Saloon
Thursday, July 25 at 8:00pm
The Listening Room featuring Dustin Gaspard
Friday, July 26 at 7:00pm
The Wurst Biergarten
Friday, July 26 at 7:30pm