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Swamp Cabbage the swamp Blues revival masters

Swamp Cabbage the swamp Blues revival masters

Blues band Swamp Cabbage makes you willing to travel to the deep Florida Swamps where the sun shines damn near every day, and walk into the First joint to drink some Beers or Whiskey. The rest of the day you listen to Swamp Cabbage just to get the feeling. These swamp bluesing band that was founded in 2001 by Florida native Walter Parks really digs the swamp blues deep.

Swamp Blues revival music

Swamp Cabbage knows very well how to revive the Swamp music artist like Lightnin’ Slim once made. They describe their music like a cook would do. “Here is your recipe for making Swamp Cabbage: Get out a big mixing bowl and put in equal parts of ZZ Top, John Campbell, Tom Waits, Leon Redbone, Canned Heat, Otis Taylor and John Lee Hooker. Then add a little water moccasin venom, the heart of an alligator and some miscellaneous toad fluids. Leave this mixture out in the wild of the north Florida swamps for about 10 years with the lid slightly ajar and, you know… see what happens.”

You will mostly like the raw-edged energy of Swamp Cabbage. The dirty guitar sound mixed with the strong beat and on top of this rock ‘n roll swamp blues a raw voice that keeps you listening to their songs. To get an impression of this all listen to “More Booty with Buddha”.

Forming of southern Blues band Swamp Cabbage

Lead guitarist and vocalist Walter Parks is a veteran in the blues music world. Parks performed many years as a lead guitarist alongside Woodstock legend Richie Havens. In 2001 Parks formed Swamp Cabbage in New York as a means of exploring his southern musical influences. Together with band mates Matt Lindsey (bass) and Jagoda (drums), Parks and Swamp Cabbage have released several CDs.

Swamping blues stories

There is a great story about the ‘birth’ of Swamp Cabbage It goes like this: “There’s some insane witch doctor in Florida who swears he’s conceived the perfect band. He stole a lock of each of the guys in ZZ Top’s beards, a recording of Tom Waits singing acapella, a dash of George Thorogood’s booze, a piece of a New Orleans hooker’s, ahem, appendage, and, for good measure, threw in a can of Louisiana hot sauce. What he’s come up with is an outfit calling themselves Swamp Cabbage”.

Walter Parks Solo album

After years of performing with Swamp Cabbage and Richie Havens Walter Parks was ready to release his firts self-titled album in December 2011. Inspired by the swampy gospel blues that wails from storefront churches and roadhouses in and around the southeast Georgia low country, Parks’ album is full of boot-stomping, guitar-strumming tunes that explore matters of the soul and spirit, built upon a foundation of jazz and folk.

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Hard Blues Rocker and killer guitarist Jared James Nichols

Jared James Nichols Press photo black bull blues
Jared James Nichols Press photo black bull blues

Hard Blues Rocker and killer guitarist Jared James Nichols

The best way to learn play blues or maybe every kind of music is by jamming. Our favourite jam spot is the bar where everyone fills in his part to the musical wonder that is live in front of you. Jared James Nichols ‘ story starts in a same way at a blues jam that his mother brought him to. “Two weeks after I got an electric guitar, I was on stage with all of these old cats from Chicago playing the blues,” he recalls.

Blues is a feeling

The Blues is a feeling, every bluesman around will tell you. It is from the soul, it is voodoo, there are enough songs around that will indicate that. Music that is so deep isn’t available on a sheet. Jared James Nichols understands that. His music is a 2014 version of the shouting blues music that was played in the juke joints of Mississippi and Chicago all the way west to California during the thirties, forties and fifties. The better, the faster, the harder blues music.

Playing for Keeps

Jared James Nichols: Blues from Wisconsin

After playing in every casino in the Wisconsin area and touring around Europe Jared James Nichols is now a blues inspired musician that reminds you of Slash and Aerosmith but also of the delta slide musicians like Lightnin’ Slim and Lightning Hopkins.

He tells Total Guitar: “In Wisconsin, I was surrounded by Indian reservations and culture,”. “I’d do casino and reservation tours as a kid. When I wrote the song (Blackfoot), I was reading about all of these badass tribes. I love that spirit and vibe inherent in Native American culture. The Blackfoot were truly bad motherfuckers. That lick is what I feel their culture represented.”

Blues from delta to hard rock

In Jared James Nichols songs you will hear diversity from hard blues rock to delta blues. For example: “Come To Me Kitchen” a Robert Johnson and a true delta blues song. “Let You Go” kicks off with a killer riff, groovy as hell. Cool about this music is blues spirit that is very clear.

I love that spirit and vibe inherent in Native American culture. The Blackfoot were truly bad motherfuckers.

On his first studio album Old Glory & The Wild Revival Jared James Nichols cooperated with producer Warren Huart (Aerosmith, The Fray). Nichols shared the stage with legends including Buddy Guy, “Honeyboy” Edwards, and “Big Jim” Johnson. He performed on SXSW and the iconic Sturgis Buffalo Chip Festival where he played alongside ZZ Top. We are guessing that we will hear a lot of this bluesman.

European Tour Promo 2014

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