C.W. Stoneking

C.W. Stoneking

Australian blues singer and songwriter, who plays electric guitar, banjo, and dobro.

Born in Katherine, in Australia’s remote Northern Territory, C.W. is the son of an American school teacher with a passion for music. He is influenced by Son House, Robert Johnson, Skip James and Bukka White, gospel blues, Chicago blues, ragtime, Hokum blues, calypso, early rock ’n’ roll, ’60s girl groups, and late-’50s R’n’B, among many others. CW taught himself the banjo and electric guitar, but his prized possession is a 1931 National Duolian dobro. He has recorded three complete albums of wholly original material: King Hokum, Jungle Blues and, his latest, Gon' Boogaloo. Stoneking paid tribute to some of his musical influences on his semi-official bootleg album, Mississippi & Piedmont Blues 1927-41, a limited edition release that was only available at his gigs, which features songs by Sleepy John Estes, Memphis Minnie and Blind Willie McTell sitting alongside obscurities by Bobby Grant, Geeshie Wiley, Joe Callicott, Mattie Delaney and Blind Blake.

Patrick Cooper

The son of a North Louisiana Hillbilly and a South Louisiana Cajun, Patrick has been playing the guitar and singing in public since age 12. Starting in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana (home of the Louisiana Hayride, James Burton and Leadbelly) and then later in Baton Rouge (Blues and R & B), he has played music from the 60's rock explosion to Folk, Country, Blues and New Orleans style R & B. Patrick has written or co-written songs that are a blend of Blues, Rock, R&B, Folk and Country.

A number of these songs were recorded in the '80's and sold at performances (with fellow performer Russell Bailey) in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. In 1988, Patrick moved from Baton Rouge to Santa Cruz, California (where Old Hippies go to die), and after recovering from the culture shock started performing on the West Coast. He performed at the Opening Night for the 2005 and 2006 Santa Cruz Film Festival at the Del Mar Theatre. Out West Patrick could be found performing solo or onstage with a number of talented musicians including John Craigie (A Seasoned Portland, Oregon based Touring Troubadour), Mark Gloster (in a duo known as Rubber Shark Gumbo), and Kevin Jenkins (Slide Guitarist Extraordinaire). Another sometime collaborator was the late Karen Stern (a talented satirical singer/songwriter).

He has been on a number of annual tours with John Craigie, in Northern California, Oregon, Washington (we love you Seattle!), and in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 he and Craigie completed multi-city tours of Louisiana and Texas, which included shows in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, St. Francisville, Shreveport, Monroe, Alexandria, Corpus Christi, Austin and Dallas.

After over 23 great years in California, Patrick found himself missing his home state and moved to New Orleans in 2011. He plays regularly at Kerry Irish Pub in the French Quarter, The Irish House in the Garden District, the Mandeville Trailhead Community Market in Mandeville (Northshore) and The Blue Dog Cafe in Lafayette. Other venues at which he occasionally plays are the Banks Street Bar in Mid City, Buffa's Bar on Esplanade in the Marigny, and the French Market in the French Quarter.

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