Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Creole String Beans -- Shrimp Boots & Vintage Suits

It's Election Night and I'm virtually biting my nails here. Good thing I have the Creole String Beans to calm me down.

Co-founded by ex-Cowboy Mouth bassist Rob Savoy, the Creole String Beans have reportedly won a Grammy nomination (or first-round, anyway) for their latest album, Shrimp Boots & Vintage Suits.

I don't profess to know much about swamp pop, but I do know this is a great time bottled into a compact disc (or, if you prefer, a set of mp3s.) Though the majority of the songs on this album are originals, some, like Ernie K-Doe's "Here Come the Girls" are truly outstanding covers. However, not being a scholar of the genre, it's hard to say what's what, and that's a good thing. If Muscle Shoals can have its own soul revival, then the Gulf Coast deserves to get in on the action, too. The String Beans may be wearing vintage suits, but their music keeps swamp boogie as fresh as tonight's acceptance speech.

The Creole String Beans -- Official, Buy Shrimp Boots & Vintage Suits, Spotify

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