C. W. Stoneking

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C. W. Stoneking
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Background information
Birth nameChristopher William Stoneking
Born (1974-03-15) 15 March 1974 (age 46)
Katherine, Northern Territory, Australia
GenresBlues, country blues, vaudeville blues, calypso, Hokum, Rock and Roll, Lo-fi
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter
InstrumentsSinging, guitar, banjo
Years active1985–present
LabelsLow Transit Industries, King Hokum, Voodoo Rhythm, Hillgrass Bluebilly
Associated actsThe Blue Tits, C. W. Stoneking and the Primitive Horn Orchestra
Websitecwstoneking.com

Christopher William "C.W." Stoneking (born 1974) is an Australian blues singer-songwriter, guitarist and banjo player. At the ARIA Music Awards of 2009 Jungle Blues won Best Blues and Roots Album; he was also nominated for Best Male Artist, Breakthrough Artist – Album, Best Independent Release and Best Cover Art. Gon' Boogaloo peaked at No. 17 on the ARIA Albums Chart and won at the 2015 ARIA Music Awards for Best Blues & Roots Album.

Biography[edit]

C.W. Stoneking was born in Katherine, Northern Territory, on 15 March 1974, the son of Billy Marshall Stoneking.[1]

In 2005 Stoneking recorded an album of original blues compositions titled King Hokum. The album was received with great critical acclaim in the Australian media after its release in 2006. In 2006, Stoneking formed his backing band, the Primitive Horn Orchestra with whom he still performs. The current line-up is James Clark (tuba, double bass), Stephen Grant (cornet), Stu Barker (trombone), and Johnny Machin (drums).

In 2006, radio presenter Tim Ritchie picked Stoneking's King Hokum as his album of the year on Radio National's Breakfast program.[2] Radio National also presented his February 2007 Australia-wide tour. King Hokum was nominated for the Best Blues/Roots Album in the ARIA Music Awards of 2007.[3] It won the Best Independent Blues Release award in the 2007 AIR Awards (Australian Independent Record Industry Awards).

In 1999, Stoneking independently two albums, recorded in 1998.

King Hokum was rebased in 2005, his third album, but first of original compositions. On 20 October 2008, Stoneking released Jungle Blues, his second album of original compositions, which peaked at No. 45 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[4] Jungle Blues won Best Blues and Roots Album, and was nominated for Best Independent Release, Best Male Artist and Best Album Cover Art at the ARIA Music Awards of 2009.[3] At the fourth annual AIR Awards held on 22 November 2009, Stoneking was nominated for Best Independent Album, Best Independent Blues/ Roots Album, and Independent Artist of the Year, with Jungle Blues winning the award for Best Independent Blues/ Roots Album.[5][6] Jungle Blues was also shortlisted in the 2008 Australian Music Prize. He appeared on 'Later... with Jools Holland' on 5 October 2010, playing " Jungle Blues" and "Jungle Lullaby".

In 2013, voice acted in Tome of the Unknown as the part of John Crops which was the precursor to the mini series Over The Garden Wall.[7][circular reference]

Stoneking's next album, Gon' Boogaloo, was released on 17 October 2014, which peaked at No. 17 on the ARIA Albums Chart. At the 2015 ARIA Music Awards, Gon' Boogaloo won Best Blues & Roots Album.[4]

More recently, Stoneking appeared on American singer-songwriter Jack White's third studio album, Boarding House Reach, which was released on 23 March 2018.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Details Peak chart positions
AUS
[8]
C.W. Stoneking
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: C.W. Stoneking
  • Format: CD
-
C.W. Stoneking & The Blue Tits
  • Released: 1999
  • Label: King Hokum Records (KHR-000)
  • Format: CD
-
King Hokum
  • Released: March 2005
  • Label: King Hokum Records (KHR-001)
  • Format: CD
-
Mississippi & Piedmont Blues 1927-41
  • Released: 2006
  • Label: King Hokum Records (521-e271)
  • Format: CD
-
Jungle Blues
  • Released: 20 October 2008
  • Label: King Hokum Records (KHR-002)
  • Format: CD, Download
45
Gon' Boogaloo
  • Released: 7 October 2014
  • Label: King Hokum Records (KHR-003)
  • Format: CD, LP, Download
17

Awards and nominations[edit]

AIR Awards[edit]

The Australian Independent Record Awards (commonly known informally as AIR Awards) is an annual awards night to recognise, promote and celebrate the success of Australia's Independent Music sector.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2007[9][10] King Hokum Best Independent Blues and Roots Album Won
2009[11] Jungle Blues Best Independent Blues and Roots Album Won
Best Independent Album Nominated
himself Best Independent Artist Nominated
2015[11] Gon' Boogaloo Best Independent Blues and Roots Album Won

ARIA Awards[edit]

The Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (commonly known informally as ARIA Music Awards or ARIA Awards) is an annual series of awards nights celebrating the Australian music industry, put on by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA).

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2007 King Hokum ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album Nominated
2009 Jungle Blues ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album Won
ARIA Award for Best Male Artist Nominated
ARIA Award for Best Cover Art Nominated
ARIA Award for Best Independent Release Nominated
ARIA Award for Breakthrough Artist - Album Nominated
2015 Gon' Boogaloo ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album Won

Australian Music Prize[edit]

The Australian Music Prize (the AMP) is an annual award of $30,000 given to an Australian band or solo artist in recognition of the merit of an album released during the year of award. The commenced in 2005.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2008[12] Jungle Blues Australian Music Prize Nominated
2014[13] Gon' Boogaloo Australian Music Prize Nominated

Music Victoria Awards[edit]

The Music Victoria Awards, are an annual awards night celebrating Victorian music. They commenced in 2005 (although nominee and winners are unknown from 2005-2012).[14][15]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2015 himself Best Male Artist Won
2016 himself Best Male Artist Won
Best Regional Act Nominated

National Live Music Awards[edit]

The National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are a broad recognition of Australia's diverse live industry, celebrating the success of the Australian live scene. The awards commenced in 2016.

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2017[16][17] C.W. Stoneking Live Blues and Roots Act of the Year Nominated
2018[18][19] C.W. Stoneking Live Blues and Roots Act of the Year Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stoneking, Billy Marshall. "Australia". Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  2. ^ Radio National Breakfast – 2 February 2007 – CW Stoneking
  3. ^ a b ARIA Music Awards for C. W. Stoneking:
  4. ^ a b Hung, Steffen. "Discography C. W. Stoneking". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 July 2015.
  5. ^ "2009 Air Awards". AIR. November 2009. Archived from the original on 16 July 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  6. ^ Cashmere, Paul (24 November 2009). "The Drones Take Home The Major Air Award". Undercover.com.au. Archived from the original on 5 December 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2009.
  7. ^ Tome of the Unknown
  8. ^ "C.W. Stoneking discography". australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  9. ^ "2007 Jagermeister AIR Awards Nominees Revealed". inthemix. 2 November 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  10. ^ "History Wins". Australian Independent Record Labels Association. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  11. ^ a b "History Wins". Australian Independent Record Labels Association. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  12. ^ "Winners & Shortlists". australian music prize. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  13. ^ "Winners & Shortlists". australian music prize. Retrieved 22 August 2020.
  14. ^ "Previous Nominess". Music Victoria. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  15. ^ "Previous Winners". Music Victoria. Retrieved 13 August 2020.
  16. ^ "NLMA reveal 2017 Nominees". NLMA. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  17. ^ "Winners 2017". NLMA. December 2016. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  18. ^ "NLMA announce 2018 nominees and Live legend". NLMA. 2 October 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  19. ^ "Winners of the 2018 NLMA". NLMA. December 2018. Retrieved 5 September 2020.

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