Various Artists

Various Artists
Louisiana Swamp Stomp

Honeybee Entertainment (B0045JG6EQ)

By Lady K
April 2011

In 2008, Louisiana guitarist Buddy Flett was hospitalized with a nearly fatal viral encephalitis attack. This CD was created in celebration of Buddy’s remarkable and rare recovery, by a stunningly large group of his fellow musicians. Some names you’ll recognize and some you might not – from the Delta and from Chicago - all donating their time and talents. Proceeds from Louisiana Swamp Stomp will be donated to support the Northern Louisiana Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Foundation (NLBSCIF).

Louisiana Swamp Stomp contains a cast of thousands (or nearly), so I will not even attempt to name them all here. BUT, “Scratch My Back” with Omar Coleman, expresses some serious soul, along with really nice harp. The CD includes several tunes written by Buddy Flett: “First You Cry” (cowritten with David Egan) showcases “The Voice” – otherwise known as Percy Sledge – in a lovely slow soul tune; and “Livin’ Ain’t Easy” is also performed by Buddy on slide guitar, bass, drums and vocals – WOW!! “Times Are Getting Hard,” written by Henry Gray, showcases Gray’s piano prowess and he’s singing (at age 85) a slow blues tune indicative of the times – no money, no job, times are hard. There’s some especially gentle guitar work from Paul “Lil Buck” Senegal in the familiar “Don’t You Lie to Me.”

“Tou’ Les Jours C’est Pas Le Meme (Everyday is Not the Same)” is, indeed, admirably performed in both French and English, written and sung by Carol Fran, with David Egan on keyboard. And again, Carol Fran vocalizes her needs on “I Needs to be Be’d With” – a slow blues, with emphasis on harp and piano. “Traveling Man” pretty much encompasses a little bit of everything Delta – a slow-tempo’d tune with accordion, washboard, and some very hot sax (Curnis Andrus) – all adding up to a hot zydeco number.

There’s more, lots more, on Louisiana Swamp Stomp and you can justify the CD purchase because it’s for a good cause. Feel good about doing the right thing, and then feel great about all of the terrific music you own because you did that right thing. It’s win-win.

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