Honey Island Swamp Band sweetens Thursday morning at Jazz Fest

photo:  Keith I. Marszalek
photo: Keith I. Marszalek

by Chris Rose, columnist, The Times-Picayune
Thursday April 30, 2009, 11:32 AM

The Honey Island Swamp Band chose their name well. Their opening set on the Gentilly Stage Thursday morning was a jolly rocking, sweet, swampy set of travelin’, drinkin’ and lovin’ trouble songs.

The first notes to travel over the Gentilly Valley were strummed from an electric mandolin, drifting on the wind (and in the tiniest short-lived drizzle). It was a beautiful tone to set the pace for the next 50 minutes of catchy hooks and gen-you-wine blue-eyed soul from one of New Orleans’ hardest working barroom bands. read more…