Wednesday, May 22, 2013

CD Review: "Swamp People" Bring Out The Musical Charm Of Louisiana

The History Channel’s latest breakout television show is “Swamp People” and to celebrate, HISTORY and the Concord Music Group are releasing the first soundtrack to that hit show. Inspired by the deep southern roots of Louisiana, “Swamp People” showcases a rich tradition that dates back almost three centuries. As important as the rich history, is the great music that has come from this area of the country. This album features 13 songs by some of the biggest artists drawing inspiration from their southern roots including The Neville Brothers, Hank Williams and Buckwheat Zydeco.

The album begins with the show’s theme song, “Swamp People” by Steel Bill (aka Billy Joe Tharpe) a native of Louisiana. The song is a favorite of Troy Landry, who plays the lead in the show, as he lends his talents on the harmonica to the song. The classic country sounds of Jerry Reed and Hank Williams on the songs “Amos Moses” and “Jambalaya (On The Bayou)” get a shot of Cajun to give their music a little spice. The real New Orleans flavor of Buckwheat Zydeco’s “Zydeco La Louisianne” and Beausoleil’s “Kolinda” adds some authenticity to the album.  Famous blues songs, “Polk Salad Annie” by Tony Joe White and “See You Later Alligator” performed by Bobby Charles, add some fun to the album’s southern charm.

The “Swamp People” album was released on May 21 through Rounder Records in association with the Concord Music Group. For more information, please visit

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