Honey Island Swamp Band comes of age

by Keith Spera, New Orleans Times-Picayune

** Thursday July 21, 2011 **

It sometimes is possible to pinpoint the exact moment a band comes of age. Having defined their sound, its members articulate it with confidence. They are rewarded with the hoots and hands-in-the-air approval of an appreciative audience that, going forward, will seek them out, buy their CDs and confirm their place in the firmament.

The Honey Island Swamp Band experienced such a moment during the 2011 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell.

 

Chris Mulé, special guest Jake Eckert, Aaron Wilkinson and Sam Price - Honey Island Swamp Band at N.O. Jazz and Heritage Festival - 5/1/2011 (photo by NolaMar Images)

At the Sheraton New Orleans Fais Do-Do Stage, the musicians hit all their marks: They plugged their most recent CD, “Good to You,” but not gratuitously; they beefed up their presentation with horns and a percussionist. For the finale…

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