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Swampdawamp - 2015 That Easy

ARTIST: Swampdawamp
ALBUM: That Easy
LABEL: Self Released
YEAR: 2015


LINEUP: Gig Michaels - lead vocals * Keith Inman - guitars * Scooby - piano, b3 hammond organ * Nick Nguyen - violin, dobro, guitar * Rich Basco - bass * Adrienne Dixon - backing vocals * David Lee - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 Fat Boy * 02 Devil In My Whiskey * 03 Two Wheels * 04 My Drinking Song * 05 That Easy * 06 Changes * 07 Rollin' * 08 I Am * 09 Happy Anniversary * 10 She's Country

WEBLINKS: www.swampdawamp.com

They've been an institution in their hometown of Charlotte North Carolina since before their 2007 self titled debut album. Led by the charismatic 6ft 4' frontman Gig Michaels, this band are larger than life on the southern rock circuit. After their 2011 album 'Short Stories From A Long Road', I got the impression the band had disappeared off the radar, but not so. Four years later and here they are, with 'That Easy' now out in the public domain. I'll just throw this in for the trainspotters out there.. Former Sugarcreek/The Creek guitarist Michael Hough was in the formative line-up of Swampdawamp, and I think he played on at least three of the five albums this band have released.

The Songs
The band have been compared with some of the greats of the southern rock genre, but their modern stylings don't really make this a fair comparison. Sure, their legacy is steeped in the tradition that goes back decades, but they live in a different time, with all the differences which puts modern bands so far apart from their yesteryear heroes. This includes attitudes, influences, production techniques, the list goes on. However, with a bloke like Gig Michaels at the fore-front, you can bet your bottom dollar that Swampdawamp will try and keep it as real and as southern as possible. My favourites? The kick arse opener 'Fat Boy' with big riffs and equally big frontman vox from Gig. The bar-room piano of 'Drinking Song', the cowpoke country toonage of 'Changes' and the very fuelled rocker 'I Am'.

In Summary
Since Dave Shaw wrote a bunch of fine articles on some of the recent southern rock bands currently doing the rounds, it seemed appropriate to add Swampdawamp to the list. I'm sure there will be others we can add to that list over time. Dave and RKBLUEZ can give me some pointers! In the meantime, track these guys down on CDBaby, or through their website listed above.

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#1 | george_the_jack on November 14 2015 13:17:34
Damn fine band. They offer excellent super sleek southern rock under a sense of humor and those distinctive vocals by mr ''big Gig''. Great that you liked them George, although you forgot to rate the album Wink
#2 | david on November 16 2015 01:21:36
Looks like some of the songs are from their previous releases. Great band, Short Stories From A Long Road is worth getting hold of.
#3 | gdazegod on January 03 2016 02:04:59
Reports from North Carolina say that singer Gig Michaels is in hospital fighting for his life, due to a pneumonia condition.

#4 | gdazegod on January 04 2016 04:35:54
Unfortunately, we can confirm the passing of Gig Michaels overnight. R.I.P.
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