Chris Dove is planning to join our Monday night lesson and dance at Guido’s Basement Bar this week. Come meet (and dance with) the instructor who will be teaching all 7 workshops at SnowMELT Blues. Read her dance bio on the SnowMELT page.
Sierra and Dave will continue their lesson series, this week focusing on… TBA.
Jennifer has curated this week’s playlist featuring swamp blues artists including Lightnin’ Slim (1913-1974), Slim Harpo (1924-1970), Clifton Chenier (1925-1987), Lazy Lester (1933-2018), Katie Webster (1936-1999), Marcia Ball (1949-), Tab Benoit (1967-) and other contemporary artist who have played swamp blues influenced songs.
Swamp blues began in the 1950s and 60s around Baton Rouge and is a sub-genre of the jazzy and Afro-Carribbean influenced Louisiana blues style. Swamp blues has an eerie echoing reverberating sound with trebly guitar, wailing harmonica and sparse but unique percussive effects. Zydeco, Cajun, and soul influences are also recognizable. It can have lazy shuffling beats as well as boogie rhythms. The style was also adapted by British Invasion artists such as Rolling Stones, The Kinks and the Yardbirds but swamp blues popularity faded in the 1970s.