This is actually
the 19th volume in this Bayou series, which concentrates on roots
music from South Louisiana. These rhythm & blues tracks derive mostly from
the 1950s, and eleven of them are previously unreleased.
The style ranges
from boogie-woogie tracks by Cookie & the Cupcakes, King Karl and Joe
“Google Eyes” August to slow blues performed by Eddie Lang, Elizabeth and
James Freeman. While in the 1950s, we can’t avoid the influence of rock
‘n’ roll on recordings by Little Victor & His Jivin’ Five, Little Bob
& the Lollipops and Chuck Martin, nor close to rockabilly sounds
by Lonesome Sundown aka Cornelius Green.
On some tracks
you can’t help hearing the impact of some of the hit-makers of the day in that
area. The Dave Bartholomew/Fats Domino domination is evident on some songs
by Tabby Thomas and King Charles. Somehow Lloyd Price comes
through on Little Bolton’s Don’t Know Why, and Little Richard is
lurking around the corner on Guitar Jr’s Love Me, Love Me Mary Ann.
At times they have listened closely to Ray Charles and also Hank
Ballard and the Midnighters’ Annie Had a Baby on Eddie Williams’
Baby’s Got Bad Feet. Now, come on all you 50s rhythm & blues music
lovers, I know some of you can still romp! (8)