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Friday, July 4 • 8:15pm - 9:15pm
Honey Island Swamp Band

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The Honey Island Swamp Band came together after Aaron Wilkinson (acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Chris Mule’ (electric guitar, vocals) were marooned in San Francisco after the levee breaches following Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans There they had a chance encounter with fellow New Orleans evacuees Sam Price (bass, vocals) and Garland Paul (drums, vocals) at John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom Room on Fillmore Street. They knew each other from having played together from time to time in New Orleans bands, so they decided to put together a band and get some gigs going. Fortunately, the Boom Boom Room’s owner Alex Andreas offered the band a weekly gig on the spot.

Two months into the residency, sound engineer Robert Gatley approached the bandwith a rare opportunity — he wanted to record a Honey Island Swamp Band album at the legendary Record Plant studios in Sausalito, where he worked. The seven-song eponymous debut came together so beautifully that they decided to continue playing together upon moving back to New Orleans in 2007.

Honey Island Swamp Band‘s music has been described as “Bayou Americana” with timeless songs from Wilkinson & Mulé, highlighted by Mulé’s searing guitar, Wilkinson’s sure-handed mandolin, and four-part vocal harmonies, all anchored by the powerful groove of Price's and Paul’s Louisiana stomp rhythm section. The addition of Trevor Brooks on Hammond B-3 organ in 2010 has rounded out the band’s sound, which draws from a variety of influences including artists such as Little Feat, The Band, Taj Mahal, Gram Parsons, Jerry Garcia, and New Orleans’ own Earl King and Dr. John.

In 2013, the band released their first nationally-distributed studio recording, 'Cane Sugar', on Louisiana Red Hot Records. Produced by Grammy-winning producer JohnPorter, the 12 new songs illuminate the mix of country-inflected rock, New Orleans funky blues and infectious songwriting that makes Honey Island Swamp Band‘s music so familiar yet so unique.


Friday July 4, 2014 8:15pm - 9:15pm EDT
Black Sheep Stage

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