What the Critics are Saying About Cane Sugar!
“Cane Sugar is a collection of rockin’ tunes from Honey Island Swamp Band that showcase the band’s superb musicianship (note the grooves locked down by drummer Garland Paul and bassist Sam Price) in addition to what is this rapidly rising roots-rock act’s defining characteristic: the simpatico duality of contrasting worldviews offered by two top-notch songwriters…. Weaving writing styles both sweetly poetic (Wilkinson’s “Prodigal Son”) and defiantly depraved (“Never Saw It Coming” from Mulé) not to mention the former’s fine mandolin picking and the latter’s sinister shreds on Cane Sugar, it’s easy to discover why HISB seems poised to fulfill its substantial potential. “’
Hittin’ The Note Magazine
“Good rock ‘n’ roll. You don’t realize how you miss it until it hits you full in the face like it does when you put Cane Sugar on whatever form of music player you utilize…a good time attitude (whether optimistic or defiant) and the way that the band members work off each other distinguishes Cane Sugar from other roots and Southern influenced records. In and of itself, it’s great collection of rockin’ songs.”
“Born into the grit of Southern comfort and bred by a homegrown dose of good livin’, Honey Island Swamp Band’s album, Cane Sugar, captures the soul of the dynamic roots rock group as they venture over yet another crossroads in their expanding career. Collaborating with Grammy award-winning producer John Porter, the members of the Honey Island Swamp Band were able to use such a creative element to hone in on a pure, whole sound that utilized instrumentation that carved perfectly into the songwriting pairing of Chris Mule and Aaron Wilkinson. Elevated by the musicianship and craftsmanship of the rest of the talented group, the harmonies balance perfectly along the attractive melodies and sweeping rhythms throughout the album… home-inspired music that resonates Southern roots with a Big Easy attitude.”
Where Y’At Magazine
“It’s hard to hear the Honey Island Swamp Band play without bobbing your head or at least tapping your toes. Maybe it’s the searing guitar from Chris Mulé, the mandolin plucking from Aaron Wilkinson, Trevor Brooks’ Hammond B-3 organ, the thoughtful lyrics and four-part harmonies, or the groovin’ stomp rhythm section from bassist Sam Price and drummer Garland Paul. Whatever it is, the sounds are quintessentially ‘“swampy.’”
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