Honey Island Swamp Band steps up with new "Wishing Well"

by Keith Spera, Music writer, The Times-Picayune 

Friday July 10, 2009, 5:00 AM

In Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, Aaron Wilkinson and Chris Mule found themselves stranded in San Francisco with the rest of soul-blues guitarist Eric Lindell’s band.

In need of additional work, they resolved to pool their respective songs and create a new band. At the Boom Boom Room, a home-away-from-home for Louisiana musicians, they encountered fellow New Orleanians Sam Price, a bassist, and Garland Paul, a drummer.

With that, the Honey Island Swamp Band was born.

The Honey Island Swamp Band includes, from left, Sam Price, Aaron Wilkinson, Chris Mule and Garland Paul. They celebrate a new CD at the Hi-Ho Lounge on July 10.

With Wilkinson on mandolin and Mule spiking his guitar with slide licks, they stand squarely at the intersection of roots rock and country. On Friday, July 10 at the Hi-Ho Lounge, the Honey Island Swamp Band celebrates the release of its second CD, “Wishing Well.” read more…