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Various Artists: Boppin' by the Bayou: Rock Me Mama!

Track List

>Switch Blade Sam - Jeff Daniels
>Saw My Baby Walkin' - Al Harris/Al "Puddler" Harris
>Gonna Work - Richard Brothers
>Mama Mama Mama - Warren Storm
>Rockin' Fever - Joe Carl/Dukes of Rhythm
>Bad Luck - Danny
>Mickey Lee - Tony Perreau
>Havin' a Whole Lotta Fun - Johnny Jano
>Rock Me Mama - Ken Lindsey
>You Win Again - Al Ferrier
>Come Back Baby - Dayward Penny
>She Left Me - Al Ferrier
>Bayou Boogie - Bennie Fruge
>Good Morning Blues
>Popcorn Blues - Nathan Abshire
>She's Mine, She's Yours - Bennie Fruge
>You're Happy Now - Little Carol
>Hard Luck - Billy Blank
>Uh-Huh-Huh - Jeff Daniels
>You're Jealous - Jivin' Gene
>Take Your Choice - Rocket Morgan
>Stop, Look and Listen - Johnny Jano/Charles Page
>Boppin' Blues - Johnny Jano/Erwin Babin
>Love Me Baby (Kiss Me Baby) - Al Ferrier/Erwin Babin
>I'll Be Waiting - Johnnie Allan & The Krazy Kats/Al Ferrier
>Sweet Little Girl - Johnnie Allan/Charles Page
>On the Corner of the Street - Frankie Lowery
>Little Girl Next Door - Collay & the Satellites

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Ian Saddler.

Photographers: Lester Richard; Golen Richard.

Arriving at the 11th volume in their ongoing By the Bayou series, Ace still finds some treasures in the vaults of J.D. Miller, Eddie Shuler, and Floyd Soileau -- these are the record men who provided the discoveries in the rest of the series -- but also dips into the discographies of Big Howdy and Big B, two imprints run by Hack Kennedy, as well as finding room for selections from the Louisiana indies Richland and Sho-Biz. This expanded scope suggests how Boppin' by the Bayou: Rock Me Mama! spans the length of the bayou, never resting at just zydeco, Cajun, blues, or rockabilly. It flits back and forth between these sounds, opening with the raving "Switch Blade Sam" -- Jeff Daniels yowls about Charlie Brown and Lucy in the opening line and it just gets better from there -- and spends a bit of time in pure rock & roll before Warren Storm slides this into blue-eyed R&B and by the middle of this, there are covers of Hank Williams lying only a few cuts away from accordion-fueled boogie. Most of this could be grouped under a rock & roll bucket -- rock & roll encompassed all these swampy sounds in the late '50s and very early '60s, when all of these sides were recorded -- but the flow of the disc helps emphasize the stylistic differences while also having the momentum of a party. As usual, this disc is pretty much nothing but rarities -- Nathan Abshire, Jivin' Gene, and Storm show up, but that's it -- and that only serves to emphasize what a hotbed of creativity Louisiana was in the years after rock & roll. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine



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