Back In My Old Stompin’ Grounds - Waylon Thibodeaux
With songs about Tabasco, fishing and mudbugs, Waylon Thibodeaux’s latest Cajun-country effort is bound to have widespread commercial appeal, regardless if the listener’s a Southeast Louisiana native, a first-time tourist, or even a Jayhawker in America’s heartland who’s never ventured beyond Kansas City. Yet, of this obvious hook-filled affair, nothing is as clever as “Heaven on the Times Picayune,” a reference to the piles of crawfish served on top of newspapers. The lyrics adroitly cover the whole gamut, from confused tourists tying on bibs to downing pitchers...... MORE BELOW DESCRIPTION
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......pitchers of beer and the sales ads that peek through once a few pounds have been consumed.
But what makes this an album of smart choices is Waylon’s genre hopping, especially on the funk-slippery “Swing Like That” featuring trombonist Big Sam and the French-sung “Funky Monkey” that’s about a fiddle-playing monkey with pepper under his tail. From a Cajun cultural perspective, “Chanky Chank Music” is interesting―a household hiding its allegiance to Cajun music on the radio while the father demands country only. “Two Steps” and “You Waltzed Right Back into My Life” are beautiful eye-glazing, romantic waltzes.
Even the version of “Calling Baton Rouge” bodes well compared to the original New Grass Revival bluegrass version since Thibodeaux sings with a high-tenor voice as did the song’s original vocalist John Cowan. Given that most tunes are delivered in Thibodeaux’s rollicking, fiddle-fueled style, the tag still fits: Louisiana’s Rockin’ Fiddler.
This prodigal daughter returns home to embrace her roots to record what she calls “the front porch songs”.
"I was born on Saturday and singing on Sunday," as Sera so aptly puts it. "Music is in my blood, and the road I've traveled can't help but form my music."
It's true; her voice will remind you of love, pain, and laughter all at once.
Hummingbird Tea will be released on October 14, produced by Serabee and John Autin of Rabadash Records with distribution through Amped. Special mixing production appearances by Marc Hewitt (Allen Toussaint), Zach Allen (Kingfish/Keb’ Mo’), and Gary Katz (Steely Dan) give that shimmer to Serabee’s incredible songs.
Hummingbird Tea has been in the works for a couple of years with writing and recording, and it’s well worth the wait. The album consists of 14 original songs ranging from building grooves to stripped-down tear-jerkers dripping with soul from end to end.
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Rabadash Records, one of the oldest independent labels in the country, celebrated its 35th anniversary year of making great music in 2019. May we enjoy another 35 years!
The label's primary focus since their very first release has been a commitment to preserving the music of New Orleans and southern Louisiana with works by legacy artists and new performers who embody the Crescent City's rich musical traditions.
Rabadash started almost by accident; it wasn't even conceived until label co-founder John Autin found himself on the outside looking in on a spoiled album deal. "We just fell into it," Autin recalls. "I started Rabadash with singer, Nora Wixted, who was my girlfriend at the time. We had negotiated a deal for Nora's album, were ready to sign, and the label called us up at the last second and told us they were signing a different singer instead. Since we already had all the tapes, the artwork and everything, we decided to start our own damn label! We released Nora's CD and then immediately recorded legendary piano player and singer, Al Broussard. He was almost 78 at the time and had never been recorded before even though he'd been playing on Bourbon Street since the 1920's.
Those two records came out in 1984 and we were off and running. We started off doing two or three releases a year, but we had to go dark for a while due to Hurricane Katrina. We didn't do anything for a few years, but we came back about 10 years ago. Last year Rabadash Studios moved to Mandeville, La and took over the location formerly known as Balance Studios, and now we’re able to do about six releases a year and record other non-Rabadash artists in our world class facility." Welcome to the Rabadash world of amazing music!