Various Artists – Boppin’ by the Bayou: Rock Me Mama!

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Release Date:  2015

Label:  Ace UK

 

Track List

1. Jeff Daniels – Switch Blade Sam
2. Al “Puddler” Harris – Saw My Baby Walkin’
3. Richard Bros – Gonna Work
4. Warren Storm – Mama Mama Mama Look What Your Little Boy’s Done
5. Joe Carl & The Dukes Of Rhythm – Rockin’ Fever
6. Danny – Bad Luck
7. Tony Perreau – Mickey Lee
8. Johnny Jano – Havin’ A Whole Lotta Fun
9. Ken Lindsay – Rock Me Mama
10. Al Ferrier – You Win Again
11. Dayward Penny – Come Back Baby
12. Al Ferrier – She Left Me
13. Bennie Fruge – Bayou Boogie
14. Vorris Shorty LeBlanc & All The Sugar Bees – Good Morning Blues
15. Nathan Abshire & The Pine Grove Boys – Popcorn Blues
16. Bennie Fruge – She’s Mine, She’s Yours
17. Little Carol – You’re Happy Now
18. Billy Blank – Hard Luck
19. Jeff Daniels – Uh-Huh-Huh
20. Jivin’ Gene – You’re Jealous
21. Rocket Morgan – Take Your Choice
22. Johnny Jano – Stop, Look And Listen
23. Erwin Babin – Boppin’ Blues
24. Al Ferrier – Love Me Baby (Kiss Me Baby)
25. Johnnie Allan & The Krazy Kats – I’ll Be Waiting
26. Charles Page – Sweet Little Girl
27. Frankie Lowery – On The Corner Of The Street
28. Collay & The Satellites – Little Girl Next Door

 

Review

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.

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