CD Review – Louisiana Fun – Mama Rosin together with Hipbone Slim and the Knee Tremblers
Voodoo Rhythm Records – VRCD65
The thought of two well established bands from distinct genres playing together on one album is usually enough to set of alarm bells. This is however, not one of those albums, as the instrumentation is different, and the bands come from different countries, speaking different languages, with only a solid groove to link the two of them. So, we have the Cajun trio Mama Rosin playing with the rural blues of Hipbone Slim and the Knee Tremblers, and there are moments when the sound really clicks, such as the Cajun powered stomper ‘Citi Two Step’ which sounds like Chuck Berry’s ‘Brown Eyed Handsome Man’, or the more jazz like ‘Swamp Water’ which uses the ‘Green Onions’ riff, and spooked sounding guitar against a wall of accordion. There are many ways in which this album should not work, and Blues and Cajun purists will probably grind their teeth at the sound of the concept of this album, but the catchy ending song ‘Paint the Town Red’ shows that sometimes good music can be created across genres, and something good can come out of it.