Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Swamp 'n' Roll
Just finished watching the latest TV installments of Swamp 'n' Roll, the great Cajun and Zydeco music TV show hosted by Todd Ortego and his sidekick Dr. Feelgood. One of the shows was filmed live at the Dewey Balfa Heritage Week at Chicot State Park, just North of Ville Platte Louisiana. It features the Pine Leaf Boys and Wilson Savoy in a passable imitation of Paul Daigle. So I called Todd at his workplace KBON-FM where he hosts a weekly radio show, and is also chief ad salesman. Come to find out, you can watch Swamp 'n' Roll live on KDCG, and listen to Todd's radio show on KBON. And while you're on the KDCG website you'll find you can also tune into some other interesting shows like Bayou Boogie with Herman Fuselier, the weekly simulcast of Rendezvous Des Cajuns, and a zydeco show called Squeezebox hosted by Alex Guillory and Dustin Cravins. BTW, Todd is also proprietor of The Music Machine, in Eunice, Louisiana. One of the last places in South Central Louisiana where you can find local music CDs.
As for the Pine Leaf Boys new album Blues De Musicien, it's wild and raw and wonderful and a complete reflection of what these boys sound like live. It's filled with two-steps, waltzes and blues, some ancient and some original by a group of young musicians who get it. Get it? Good.