At The Wheel O'Betty - Swamp Voodoo EP Review

At The Wheel O'Betty - Swamp Voodoo EP Review

EP Review

Posted: 8th January, 2011

Swamp Voodoo are led by self proclaimed low volume mutterin Slick Black Truck Drivin' Man, with fellow musicians... Gato, T-Time and Dr Dan. How's that for a line up?

The music is, well...swamp voodoo. It is indeed low volume mutterin over blues guitars, saxophone and harmonica. Slick Black wobbles, mutters, stutters above the sounds with stories of old dark distant past days, usually fueled by whiskey, according to the lyrics. Its all very Tom Watts but apparent influences include Elvis,Woody Guthrie and Patsy Cline. To be honest I don't know where this is going.

All the tracks are similar, all the tracks are different. Slick Black and his rockers are very clever and altogether interesting guys. As the accompanying notes proclaim: its the orchestrated storytelling of the Slick Black clan-a family of basic outlaws and those of the type on the edge of the legal proper.

I suppose the best person to describe Slim Black's flare for story telling is the dude himself..."What can ya saywe just dont fit nowhere..its like goin to an AA meetin drunknot fittin ya know..hell we been compared to Zappa..?"

Its all curiously quite good. Strange, but good. So, beat those skins, drink that whiskey and get muttering, low volume.

Mat Radbourne

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