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Rhythm 'N' Bluesin' By The Bayou ~ Rompin' & Stompin'
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on 28 May 2014
Definately more rhythm than blues on here and to be honest the fact these are all guys and gals from the same area after the same main chance (leaving friom Memphis at around now) leads this to be a somewhat "samey" set. For a good R&B sampler I'd reccomend R&B hits of 1952 to get a broader view of the style and times. That said this is really entertaining in places, some lovely lyrical twists "The curves she got make a lazy man get a job" or "Here he comes with his hands in his pocket, what's he holdin'? it sure aint money, if he aint got no bread he aint getting no meat around here" and other gems. Two stars for the music 1 for the lyrics and 1 for the great liner notes.
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on 17 September 2016
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on 13 July 2014
Brilliant cd, as expected, great service.
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on 3 December 2014
Good rocking stuff from lesser known artists that deserve to be heard more.Spot on foot tapping stuff. Excellent.
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on 20 February 2014
One in a series of 'By The Bayou' CDs and if you know what a bayou is, you're in Louisiana territory. This set is titled 'Rhythm'n'Bluesin' by the Bayou: Rompin' & Stompin'' and I presume you may be familiar with the others in the series (deep breath): 'Bluesin' By...', 'Boppin' By...', 'Boppin' By...Again', 'Boppin' By...More Dynamite' and 'Rhythm'n'Bluesin' By the Bayou', the predecessor to this, the latest in the line. We're promised by compiler and bloke who wrote the notes Ian Saddler, the series will go on to infinity, or longer, no bad thing at all.

Of the 28 tracks here, 19 of them are 'new', by virtue of being either previously unissued, or alternate takes, to the delight of collectors. Precise dating is a bit tricky, but 1958/62 will do. Labels covered include Montel, Jin, Carl, Michelle and Kry. Artists aside, the whole package is a paean of praise to JD Miller, Eddie Shuler, Sam Montel, Floyd Soileau and Carl Graffagnino, top independent record men of South Louisiana.

To the music. After a whisper of engineer (?) input, Tabby Thomas blasts off in rockin' r&b style, and it doesn't let up until "California Blues", an easy lope, aka "KC Lovin'", with slight lyric changes. Johnny Sonnier gives the first slowie, thereafter things pick up a tad, second outing for Mr Thomas offers a delightful N.O. bouncer, Little Victor essays a version of "Lawdy. Miss Clawdy". Charles Shefield's is nothing to do with Hooker's title of same name. Oddest cut here is Classie Ballou's "Oh Mama (Cajun Blues)...", a slow combo of Cajun and English lyrics, minimal backing, acoustic guitar, hand clapping, muted percussion, shouts, on a long alternate take, bit of chat at end. Odd maybe, but thoroughly enjoyable.

Katie Webster and Ashton Savoy give us a piano-led walkin' blues, "Tomorrow" is a class vocal, "Lucille" a slightly slower version of the Little Richard classic, Lester Robertson is accompanied by yer actual Upsetters, we exit on a fairly frantic rocker, with breaks by by trombone, sax and guitar. In fact sax and guitar are the lead instruments throughout, with some harp and piano. As you'd expect, all artists get a full, more-or-less note, there are pix and label scans and Mr Saddler isn't above correcting a couple of mistakes in previous comps in the series. Interestingly, he apparently wrote these notes in 2015...

I wouldn't have argued had this been title 'ROCKIN'n'Bluesin'...', but perhaps that's for later release. Great CD.
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on 11 February 2014
When the mighty Creedence Clearwater Revival recorded Bayou Country back in 1970 they had no idea what they were starting. Until they took their unique stew of rock'n'roll, rhythm & blues, soul, country and gospel into the upper reaches of the charts, very few people outside Louisiana knew what a bayou was. However thanks in considerable part to the influence of CCR, together with the hard work and dedication of people like John Broven, Ian Saddler and the good people at Ace records, we now know much more about the wonderful music of the South Louisiana swamplands than anyone might have imagined back in the 60s.

If you have bought any of the first four albums in this excellent series you will know what to expect here. And rest assured you won’t be disappointed! If, on the other hand, this is new to you, and you wonder what all the fuss is about, please wonder no longer. This album is overflowing with the most infectious musical concoction you could ever imagine. It emcompasses everything from blues to boogie, country to calypso, folk to funk, gospel to go-go, and rock to rhumba. Yes, rhumba! . Listen carefully, and you will hear elements of all of these, and more, in these grooves. But the real beauty is that these ingredients are fused together in the most surprising and delightful way, so that you will find yourself instinctively grooving along with Sugar Boy Crawford, whom you may never have heard before, but who manages to draw you into the music with some of the most irresistible hooks you could ever imagine.

Any standouts? More than I can do justice to here, but my personal favourites are Ivory Jackson’s I’m a Country Boy, California Blues by Lonesome Sundown and the immodestly-named Wonder Boy Travis – who is totally new to me – with his marvellous Eyes Like A Cat. But best news of all is that Ace are planning further releases in this series. And there is only one thing to say to that.

Bring ‘em on!
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