C.W. Stoneking, so it was exciting when his new album Gon' Boogaloo finally came out a few weeks ago. Belinda joined me for his show last night at The Forum. We arrived half way through the set of opening act Fraser A. Gorman, a young singer-songwriter with a bit of a Bob Dylan vibe who was quite funny with his in between song banter.
C.W. Stoneking emerged on the stage wearing his usual all white outfit with a black and white polka dot bow tie. He and his band played for nearly 2 hours with a set list that included songs from all his albums. We got rocking numbers such as "The Love Me Or Die," "The Jungle Swing," "Brave Son Of America," "I'm The Jungle Man," "The Zombie" and "We Gon' Boogaloo," as well as slower tracks "Talking Lion Blues" and "Jailhouse Blues" which had the audience singing along. C.W. told many stories as he introduced the next song he was going to play, including discussing how some people messaged him to say they were disappointed he's not playing banjo on the new record. To finish off the evening he went gospel with a cover of The Soul Stirrers' "He's Been A Shelter For Me." It's good to have C.W. back on the scene after an extended absence, and I'm really enjoying Gon' Boogaloo.
Here's the video for "Jungle Blues" off his last album: