Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Swamp Pop - What it is, Where to hear it

In a sweet bit of serendipity, I stumbled upon the online version of KMRC AM from Morgan City, Louisiana, the Swamp Dog. It's a pretty great local radio station that plays nuthin' but swamp pop, which is sorta like rhythm n blues and rock n roll as interpreted by Cajuns and Creoles, only more soulful and sentimental. It's the Highway 90 sound that Larry Lange & His Lonely Knights are championing - songs like Cookie and the Cupcakes' "Mathilda," "Going Out With the Tide" by Jivin' Gene Bourgeoise and the Jokers, anything by the Fabulous Boogie Kings, "Sometimes" by Gene Thomas , "Sweet Dreams by Tommy McLain -you get the drift. It's belly-rubbing slow dancing, getting down and dirty in the heat and humidity. Tune in, turn on, and have a drink or three.

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