Seven Songs To Leave Behind is heading to Arts Centre Melbourne this month, where CW Stoneking, Sarah Blasko and Ali Barter will share and perform seven songs close to their hearts, working within the same criteria.
It’s no small task to choose the seven tracks that best represent you as an artist and person, including the song you’d want to be remembered by, the favourite song from your repertoire and which of Leonard Cohen’s songbook you’d want to cover. Here, we’ve taken a guess at the tracks Seven Songs To Leave Behind attendees can expect to hear from CW Stoneking on the night.
1. Their first song/the song that made them famous
While Stoneking was amassing fans everywhere he went and had picked up the nomination for best Blues/Roots Album at the ARIA Awards for King Hokum back in 2007, there’s no denying the impact that his Later… With Jools Holland appearance in 2010 had on a worldwide scale when he performed Jungle Lullaby. Holland dubbed Stoneking as having “a very individualist sound” and fans were made the world over.
2. A song they wish they’d written
There’s just something about this 1933 version of St James Infirmary Blues from Cab Calloway that we think lends itself a whole lot to Stoneking’s style. Perhaps this could be edging to the top of his songwriting wish list?
3. A song to share with the other artists
Go listen to The Love Me Or Die and tell us that you’re not a even a little bit curious about what that huge track would sound like with Sarah Blasko and Ali Barter joining in.
4. A song by Leonard Cohen
We’re putting our vote in for Cohen’s Tower Of Song. There’s a lot that Stoneking could do with that nice rolling beat and, of course, those lyrics.
5. A song selected by the audience
Look, how could we say anything other than that cover of The White Stripes’ Seven Nation Army?
6. Their favourite song from their own repertoire
The Zombie is just too damn good. Look from a selfish perspective, even if it’s not Stoneking’s favourite all-time track, we’d be keen to hear it.
7. The song they want to be remembered by/played at their own funeral
To be honest, with a back catalogue like Stoneking’s, we’re not even going to presume to know this one, so instead we leave you with Jungle Blues, because we like it.
Seven Songs To Leave Behind takes place at Arts Centre Melbourne on 18 May. For all the info, scroll down or head to theGuide.