Ich zitiere: Because Louisiana Swamp Stomp is a celebration of an entire musical culture, it’s not surprising that some of its brightest moments include regional favorites like Carol Fran, Lil Buck Sinegal and Dwayne Dopsie. Ms. Fran (herself a stroke survivor) offers the Creole-flavored blues contributions “Tou’ les jours c’est pas la meme (Everyday Is Not the Same)” and “I Needs to Be Be’d With”. Lil Buck Sinegal leads an up-tempo call and response on the Fats Domino classic “Don’t You Lie To Me” while Dwayne Dopsie (son of Zydeco legend Rockin’ Dopsie) and his band perform the blues/zydeco number “Traveling Man”. The blues, perhaps America’s most identifiable musical gift, is the basis for Louisiana’s music, including zydeco and jazz. These tunes are reminders of this connection and lie at the heart of Louisiana’s identity—and this remarkable album.
Although Louisiana provides the kitchen within which this formidable musical gumbo has been created, Louisiana Swamp Stomp would be missing some key ingredients if not for Chicago based musicians, Omar Coleman and Kenny “Beady Eyes” Smith. The “contributing chefs” eagerly reached out to NLBSCIF board member and Honeybee label owner, Dr. Paul McCarthy to offer their talents and pay tribute to Louisiana. Their contributions include the Slim Harpo classic, “Scratch My Back” and Lightning Hopkins’, “Mojo Hand,” each of which they nailed in a single take. This is a testament to the talent of these Windy City musicians. Coleman (who’s worked with Kinsey Report, John Primer and Howlin Wolf alumnus, Chico Banks) on harp and vocals and Smith (whose Father, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, was Muddy Waters’ drummer) on drums were joined by veterans Bob Stroger on bass and Billy Flynn on guitar. Tying the Louisiana-Chicago connection together, 85 year old Grammy-nominated legend Henry Gray supplies more than his impressive Howlin Wolf pedigree. Though he was an essential member of Wolf’s band from 1956-68, Gray, a native of Kenner, Louisiana, also distinguished himself after serving in World War II by working with a variety of artists including Jimmy Reed, Bo Diddley and Billy Boy Arnold. He also recorded a number of rare, unreleased singles and more recently several albums for Blind Pig, Wolf, Last Call, and Lucky Cat. Gray puts his remarkable piano talent on display on “Times Are Getting Hard” and “How Could You Do It?” (a song he first cut in 1958). They offer indisputable proof that he is an important link between blues’ vibrant past and present. His indefatigable vitality and the passion he brings to Louisiana Swamp Stomp remind us that the genre is indeed timeless.
Ein wunderbares Album das ich im Moment nur rauf und runter hören kann, es ist einfach Klasse! Für mich schon jetzt ein highlight für 2011, und das im Januar! Eine sehr gelungene Ansammlung von Musik und Musikern.