Electric Picnic 2010 - Seasick Steve
Main Stage, Saturday 4th September, 7.00pm
Describe in a tweet: Hi-tech hobo blues takes a Daniel O'Donnell turn for the awesome.
What Happened: So first off, a Chigger is a tiny mite commonly found in the long grass of Tennessee. It burrows into your ankle, laying its little eggs in a kind of 'ankle motel'. If you think you have Chiggers you need to 1) Take off all your clothes. 2) put your Chigger infested clothes in a washing machine set at the hottest setting 3) put yourself in a bath, and finally 4) boil like a lobster, hoping you've destroyed the terrifying little beasts. And as Seasick Steve says: "If you're lucky, they won't eat you alive."
It can only be Seasick Steve and after that gem of advice which ATL will hopefully NEVER have to use, the hobo-rocker got stuck into a belting set on the main stage. The above mentioned Chiggers was joined by Dog House Blues, Diddley Bo and Never Go West; with the Stradbally faithful temporarily transported to the Rockies for the guts of an hour.
Electric Dreams: Just like Daniel O'Donnell, Steve can bring chicks up on stage to serenade, like on Walking Man.
Ants at a picnic: The Diddley bo, the main stay of Steve's hobo schtick, made out of old car parts, a plank of wood and one solitary guitar string...has now gone wireless. A strange juxtaposition of technology which highlights how far from his roots he's travelled.
EP rating: 6/10