SF Chronicle – Bayou buzz band has San Francisco roots

by Joel Selvin, Senior Music Critic — San Francisco Chronicle

** Tuesday June 28, 2011 **

The hottest new band in New Orleans started in San Francisco.

Guitarist Chris Mulé and bassist Aaron Wilkinson were playing with guitarist Eric Lindell on tour in San Francisco when Katrina hit New Orleans in August 2005. Everything Wilkinson owned was stashed in his van and his roommate’s apartment back in Louisiana.

Honey Island Swamp Band - Garland Paul, A-Ron Wilkinson, Sam Price, Trevor Brooks, and Chris Mulé - photo by Zack Smith

“It was a trip being thousands of miles away, watching it on TV, not knowing what happened to any of your stuff,” he says. “After a couple of weeks, you just wrote it off.”

Stranded in San Francisco, unable to reach anybody back home, Mulé and Wilkinson gravitated toward spending their days at the Boom Boom Room on Fillmore Street, a San Francisco nightclub that many New Orleans musicians think of as their home away from home in this town…

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