“Rhythm’n’Bluesin’ By The Bayou”, the latest in our “By The Bayou” series, features 28 rompin’, stompin’ tracks from the blues men and women of South Louisiana. The tracks have been pulled from the vaults of leading record men J.D. Miller, Eddie Shuler and Floyd Soileau plus Rockin’ Sidney’s first disc – cut by Jake Graffagnino for his Carl label.
The sound of South Louisiana’s R&B stemmed from the Cosimo studios in New Orleans and those pioneers of the genre: Fats Domino, Smiley Lewis, Lloyd Price etc. As it spread west across the state, it gathered in the influences of zydeco, rural blues and the embryonic swamp pop, producing that distinctive amalgam which is enjoying popularity with collectors of today.
To help quench that thirst we have delved into the vaults of Miller and Shuler to locate the best previously unknown tracks and alternate takes. Also, with modern studio techniques, our engineers have breathed fresh life into some of the material that was unearthed by Flyright almost 30 years ago.
Back in the 50s and into the early 60s, this was the music of working class black people; it was what they drank to, danced to and occasionally brawled to in the bars and clubs of this corner of the USA. It also got played on the area’s black radio stations and was gobbled up by white teenagers who would adapt it into their rockabilly and swamp pop songs.
As compiler of this CD, I was as excited listening to these master tapes as I would have been had I been one of those teenagers. The music is as fresh and vibrant now as it was in those far off days. With new tracks from the artists such as Blue Charlie and Mad Dog Sheffield, the first recordings of Rockin’ Sidney, a host of other little known artists (including three numbers from two mystery women) and obscure Zydeco rockers Thaddeus Declouet and C.J. Thierry, this is an exhilarating voyage of discovery.
When you listen to the music you’ll be transported back to its heyday – imagine lying on your bed grooving to those sounds on the radio in the sultry Louisiana night, with the bullfrogs croaking in the bayou. These are the sounds of an era that is almost forgotten but is kept alive by enthusiasts for enthusiasts.
By Ian Saddler
01 Rocky – Rockin’ Sidney & His All-Stars
02 I Don’t Care – Tabby Thomas
03 Give It Up – Charles Sheffield
04 Crazy About Love aka As Long As I’m Moving – Elizabeth
05 Right From Wrong – Billy Tate
06 Hey Mattie – Vince Monroe
07 Whole lot Of Drinking On The Block – Blue Charlie
08 Carry On – Clarence Garlow
09 Make Me Understand – Sidney Simien & His All Stars
10 Cool Cat – Mad Dog Sheffield
11 Mean Old Kokomo – Talton Miller
12 Bull Frog Bop – Thaddeus Declouet
13 Crazy About You Baby – C. J. Thierry
14 I Wanna Know, I Know Now – Big Chenier
15 Go Cat Go – Flo
16 Why Does Everything Happen To Me – Sonny Martin
17 Cool Down Baby – Jerry Morris
18 Don’t Do That To Me – Jimmy Anderson
19 She’s My Morning Coffee – Sidney Simien & His All Stars
20 No No Baby – Clarence Garlow
21 Hard Working Girlfriend – Vince Monroe
22 PYeah, Yeah, Yeah – Chuck Martin
23 PClema – Jerry Morris
24 Ain’t Got Nobody – Elizabeth
25 PHoney Bee – Blue Charlie
26 Sound The Bell – Clarence Garlow
27 Pretty Little Dolly – Mad Dog Sheffield
28 Watch That Crow – Blue Charlie
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Format: CD Album