Honey Island Swamp Band was awesome. Now I know to catch them next time they are in town.
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Great music begins with great songs, and great songs are what the Honey
Island Swamp Band is all about. The band came together after 4 friends
were marooned in San Francisco after Hurricane Katrina devastated New
Orleans. Formed on the strength of timeless songs from Aaron Wilkinson
and Chris Mulé, HISB’s "Bayou Americana" sound has been compared to the
music of such forefathers as Lowell George, Earl King, Taj Mahal, Jerry
Garcia, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Gram Parsons and Jimmy Reed. Their
eponymous EP was recorded in 2006 at famed studio The Plant in
Sausalito, CA, and was received so well that they all decided to
continue the band upon moving back home to New Orleans in 2007. Wishing
Well, the band's first full length album won "Best Blues Album” of 2009
from OffBeat Magazine, which has also honored Honey Island Swamp Band as
"Best Emerging Artist" of 2009 and “Best Roots Rock Artist” of 2010.
And most recently the band was awarded “Best Roots Rock Artist” at the
2011 Big Easy Awards, widely considered the “Grammys of New Orleans”.
HISB's newest offering – Good To You – was nominated by OffBeat Magazine
as “Best Roots Rock Album” of 2010, was named to numerous “Top 10 CDS
of 2010” lists, and has become a staple of most DJs on the Crescent
City's legendary radio station WWOZ, as well as on Sirius/XM satellite
radio’s Bluesville and traditional stations from coast-to-coast.
Featuring the southern strut of songs such as “Country Girl”, "300
Pounds" and the album’s first single “Chocolate Cake”, Good To You
illuminates the mix of country-inflected rock and New Orleans funky
blues that makes Honey Island Swamp Band's music so familiar and unique
at the same time.
enjoyed Kristi Guillory & the Midtown Project. This was a little
more county than I used to go for, but I guess I'm a little more country
Kristi Guillory & the Midtown Project (Folk/Cajun)
Lafayette, La., Kristi Guillory cut her teeth playing accordion for the
all-girl Cajun band Bonsoir, Catin. A composer equally adept in English
and Cajun French, her new band, the Midtown Project, combines Cajun and