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No Easy Way, from the album Demolition Day, on Ruf Records.
Honey Island Swamp Band live at Tipitina’s in New Orleans, LA.
HONEY ISLAND SWAMP BAND “STRIPPED”
9PM – WED OCT 26, 2016
FREE – THREE KEYS, NEW ORLEANS
No frills roots rock native sons get raw with their new pared down sound.
Spin the new album by the Crescent City’s Honey Island Swamp Band, and you’ll hear a band who embody an eclectic spirit. “There are songs here for every mood, occasion or playlist,” says HISB’s Aaron Wilkinson of their Demolition Day, “so hopefully it will appeal to a lot of musical tastes. Just make sure you turn it up loud…”
HISB presents their new “stripped” iteration of their favorites for one intimate night in Three Keys. More: www.honeyislandswampband.com
Formed about ten years ago in San Francisco by New Orleans musicians displaced from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Honey Island Swamp Band is composed of Aaron Wilkinson (mandolin, guitar, harmonica, vocals), Chris Mulé (guitar, vocals), Sam Price(bass, vocals), Garland Paul (drums, vocals), and Trevor Brooks(keyboards). Their newest release, Demolition Day is a bountiful big bowl of soulfully seasoned Americana roots-rock, and wonderfully written songs produced by Luther Dickinson(North Mississippi Allstars).
An exquisitely funky bassline sets the track for an intoxicating jam fueled with spacy guitar in “Head High Water Blues”. I love the little blasts of brass and boogie-laced piano accompaniment in “Watch and Chain”. Mulé seems to have channeled the spirit of Harry Nilssonwhile writing “She Goes Crazy”. The innocence lingering in the melody is a fun contrast to the chaotic love story welded into the lyrics. “Katie” is a lovely piece as well. This folky performance with a zydeco spirit is one my favorites. The album comes to a close with the magnificent “Devils Den”. The eclectic sound of Wilkinson’s mandolin and Mulé’s swampy slide guitar set an eerie ominous presence, like a Nick Cave murder ballad.
Demolition Day, one of the more interesting albums to recently dip into my awareness, reveals something new with each listen. I’m downright captivated by this music and so enjoy being unconsciously ushered from genre to genre. That’s a craft in and of itself.
The Honey Island Swamp Band Brings A Sledgehammer To Demolition Day
Out April 29 During Jazz Fest In New Orleans
“They’re irresistible by their name alone…” – Elmore
Think The Band’s Music From Big Pink album and add a splash of hot sauce with “Willin’’ by Little Feat – this group of New Orleans vagabonds nails it.
New Orleans, LA or San Francisco, CA– From the pristine waters of the Honey Island Swamp, to the vibrant streets of New Orleans, to the hazy corner of Haight-Asbury in San Francisco, this band has endured devastation, relocation, and revitalization. A group whose sound has been tagged “Bayou Americana,” the Honey Island Swamp Band takes the hammer to the nail with the help of producer Luther Dickinson, and presents Demolition Day to the world April 29 on Ruf Records.
This album marks the 10-year anniversary of the Honey Island Swamp Band, which formed in San Francisco, CA via New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina displaced the founding members. With little hope of returning to their beloved city, the band channeled the blues and emotions of their circumstances to develop a soulful style and sound that critics have compared to legendary Blues-Roots-Rock Artists such as The Allman Brothers, Little Feat and The Band.
Recording at the Parlor Studio in New Orleans,Honey Island Swamp Band teams up with producer/musician Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars to capture a rhythm and a feel born straight from the heart of Americana. The album features a host of New Orleans finest musicians, including guest appearances by keyboardist Ivan Neville and Tab Benoit on pedal steel.
“Their all encompassing sound of blues, roots, country, and soul has been described as “Bayou Americana.” – No Depression
“We’ve always wanted to record to two-inch tape, to get that old analog sound,” says bandleader Aaron Wilkinson, “and this was our first opportunity to make it happen. Luther was the perfect producer to help us nail that old-school, authentic sound. He was great at keeping us focused on the spirit of each performance, not getting bogged down in details and perfectionism. That’s what we were looking for and what we needed.”
After all, polish isn’t necessary when you’re working with songs this strong. Across its eleven cuts, Demolition Day tips a hat to most of the great American genres, while adding the Honey Island Swamp Band’s inimitable There’s the spring-heeled slide-blues of “Ain’t No Fun”, the upbeat funk of “Head High Water Blues”, the cat-house piano and country-fried guitars of “How Do You Feel”. But then, on the emotional flipside, there’s also the reflective wah-guitar lilt of “Say It Isn’t True”, the mournful funeral-jazz slow-burn of “No Easy Way” and the heart-in-mouth acoustic confessional of “Katie”.
“We’re diverse and complex people,” explains Chris Mule, the band’s guitarist, “and our audiences are as well. So we try to let our music reflect that.”
Drawing from their diverse backgrounds, the band’s lyrical content is quite colorful. “They really are all over the map,” Aaron explains of the topics explored on Demolition Day. “Some are rooted in reality and personal experience. “Head High Water Blues” is a look back at the Hurricane Katrina experience now that ten years has passed. Much has been rebuilt, but much has not and never will be – and the song is more about the emotional scars that can never be fully erased. Others are just fiction and storytelling. We had the music for “Through Another Day”, and it sounded sort of old and epic and Southern, and that inspired this Civil War-era storyline that became the lyrics. Others are just sort of playful nonsense about life and relationships, like “Watch And Chain.”
Demolition Day is about rebuilding more than tearing down. It’s about a renewal of purpose, reflected through powerful lyrics and stories, great slide guitar on top of deep bass and rhythms that continue to move the foundation that the band was built upon.
New Orleans has a deep well of music, and that well has no rules – the only boundaries are the ones that we place on ourselves.
On Demolition Day, the Honey Island Swamp Band breaks these boundaries to deliver a sound so relevant and honest that even in the darkest of days – like the violent storm that brought this group of musicians together – Demolition Day still shines brightly.
Meet The Honey Island Swamp Band:
Aaron Wilkinson – mandolin, guitar, harmonica, vocals
Chris Mulé – guitar, vocals
Sam Price – bass, vocals
Garland Paul – drums, vocals
Trevor Brooks – keyboards
“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.’”
Sneak Peak Vail
NEW ORLEANS—May 31, 2013– Louisiana Red Hot Records is proud to announce the release of Cane Sugar, the 4th recording from Honey Island Swamp Band, on July 30, 2013.
Formed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in San Francisco, Honey Island Swamp Band has developed into one of hottest new bands coming out of the South. The band includes: Aaron Wilkinson (vocals, mandolin, guitar, harmonica); Chris Mulé (vocals, guitar); Sam Price (bass, vocals); Garland Paul (drums, vocals) and Trevor Brooks (keys). Their music, described as “Bayou Americana,” has won multiple Best of the Beat Awards from Offbeat Magazine for “Best Emerging Artist,” “Best Blues Album” and “Best Roots Rock Artist.” Most recently the band was named “Best Roots Rock of New Orleans” in both 2011 and 2012 by the Big Easy Awards, New Orleans’ most prestigious arts and entertainment honors.
Cane Sugar is the band’s first nationally released album following three self-released recordings. Produced by multiple Grammy-winner John Porter (Buddy Guy, BB King, Santana, Ryan Adams), the 12 songs feature lush instrumentation highlighted by layers of slide guitar, keyboards, strings, banjo and horns, perfectly blending Blues, Country, and Southern Rock. A limited rush release for the 2013 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in late April scored Cane Sugar an impressive #2 best selling CD ranking at the Fest music store (barely beaten out by jazz superstar and Fest closer Trombone Shorty, who Louisiana Red Hot first introduced to the world in 2002).
The band performed 150+ dates in each of 2011 and 2012, including major festival appearances at Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Wakarusa, Wanee Fest, and a headlining performance at Portland’s 4th of July Waterfront Blues Festival, winning audiences over with their blazing live show. The band will continue to keep the road hot behind the new release. Their itinerary thus far is as follows:
|Thurs, June 13||Generations Hall||New Orleans, LA|
|Fri, June 14||Last Concert Café||Houston, TX|
|Sat, June 15||Antone’s||Austin, TX|
|Fri, June 21||Maple Leaf||New Orleans, LA|
|Fri, June 28||KTAO Solar Center||Taos, NM|
|Sat. June 29||Sheridan Opera House||Telluride, CO|
|Tues, July 2||Hot Summer Nights||Vail, CO|
|Thurs, July 4||Red, White & True Blues Fest||Denver, CO|
|Fri, July 5||Bluebird Theatre||Denver, CO|
|Sat-Sun, July 6-7||Jambalaya Fest||Kempton, PA|
|Thurs-Fri, July 11-12||Boom Boom Room||San Francisco, CA|
|Sat, July 13||Seven Sisters Music Festival||San Luis Obispo, CA|
|Thurs, July 25||U.S. National Whitewater Center||Charlotte, NC|
|Wed, July 31||Music City Roots||Nashville, TN|
|Fri, Aug 2||Martyrs’||Chicago, IL|
|Sat, Aug 3||Cincy Blues Festival||Cincinatti, OH|
Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana Red Hot Records has released over 200 albums of the hottest Blues, Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Funk, Zydeco, Cajun and Rock, and is a leader among Southern independent labels in marketing and worldwide distribution. Having reemerged from the near-total destruction of its facilities by Hurricane Katrina, it is the only label in the Deep South partnered with Entertainment One, the world’s #1 independent distributor for music and video. Owner Harris Rea has sold millions of records over his forty year career, helping launch such artists as Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, Hunter Hayes, Master P, the Cash Money Millionaires, Cowboy Mouth, Better Than Ezra, Cyril Neville and most recently Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk. His family also owns and operates the famed Peaches Records in the French Quarter. Founded in 1975 by Mr. Rea, it is one of the largest and oldest remaining indie music retailers in the U.S.
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