This Week – Kelley, Kyshona, Rose, Triplets, Scruggs & Taupin, Stormy Swamp Pop

Notable music events of the week

Kelley Looney – Photo: LTTL

Kelley Looney

Looney and Steve Earle backstage 2015 – Photo: LTTL

Vale Kelley Looney. A member of Steve Earle and The Dukes and bass player extraordinaire who played with Earle for more than thirty years, Looney passed away this week.

Born and raised in Nashville, Looney’s father was also a bass player, with the legendary Owen Bradley Orchestra. Looney joined Earle for the recording of the classic Earle release Copperhead Road.

Earl Scruggs Centre

He Will Set Your Fields On Fire is an exhibit created by Elton John’s long-standing lyricist and visual artist Bernie Taupin. The exhibit will be permanently housed in the Earl Scruggs Centre in Shelby, North Carolina and is now open.

Read about our visit to the Earl Scruggs Centre.

Warren Storm

Acoustic Sounds has announced the release of Taking The World, By Storm: A Regional Roots Journey with the Godfather of Swamp Pop on December 13, 2019. Produced by Yvette Landry, the album is a musical companion to her new biography of “The Godfather of Swamp Pop”, Warren Storm — Taking The World, By Storm”.

Recorded at Dockside Studios in Maurice, Louisiana, the album was recorded straight to ½” tape, live, just like it was done in the 1950’s. The core band on the album includes Storm (vocals), Eric Adcock (piano), Roddie Romero (guitar), Gary Usie (drums), Chris French (bass) and Derek Huston (sax).   Joining them in the studio were Willie ‘Tee’ Trahan (sax), Richard Comeaux (pedal steel) and Beau Thomas (fiddle). Special guests on the album include John Fogerty (vocals), Marc Broussard (vocals), Sonny Landreth (slide guitar) and Landry (vocals).

Warren “Storm” Schexnider is an icon in south Louisiana music, with a career spanning over seventy years. Storm learned to play drums from his father and played his first paying gig at eleven years old.  In 1956, he recorded his first record which hit Billboard’s Top 100.  Storm continued recording on numerous labels and has been both a session drummer, singer and front man – recording all types of music from rock ‘n’ roll, rhythm and blues, Cajun, country and swamp pop.

The Haden Triplets

The Haden Triplets – Petra, Rachel and Tanya – were born in New York and raised in Los Angeles. Their talent was enough to attract Ry Cooder to produce their 2014 self-titled debut.

Their late father, the bassist Charlie Haden changed jazz’s trajectory alongside Ornette Coleman in the 1950’s. The sisters have their gaze firmly towards the American heartland, family harmonies and traditional music.

The Family Songbook is their new release (out January 24, 2020 on Trimeter) and will include “Every Time I Try,” by the triplets’ brother Josh, Kanye West’s “Say You Will”, standards like “Wayfaring Stranger”, “I’ll Fly Away”, “Wildwood Flower” and “Pretty Baby.” Produced by Woody Jackson, the new outing features some wonderful players such as Bill Frisell, Greg Leisz, Doyle Bramhall III, Don Was and the late bassist Larry Taylor, of Canned Heat.

Here’s a lyric clip of “Wayfaring Stranger”:


Kyshona – Photo: Hannah Miller

Kyshona has just released “Fear,” a swampy new track from her forthcoming album Listen which is due out February 28, 2020 The song was written with her brother and fellow artist Kelvin Armstrong.

You can listen here:


Rose Cousins

Rose Cousins – Photo: LTTL

Grammy-nominated and JUNO Award-winning songwriter Rose Cousins is set to release her new album Bravado on February 21, 2020, via Outside Music. The lead single “The Benefits of Being Alone” debuts today.

Here it is:

The highly-talented Cousins continues to tour supporting Patty Griffin and will return to her native Canada in March of 2020 with guest John Paul White.

You can read more about her and our review of her previous release Natural Conclusion RIGHT HERE.


Podcast Of The Week

Digging DeepRobert Plant explains the making of “Battle Of Evermore” (Led Zeppelin IV) with the late Sandy Denny.

In Case You Missed It

We put out the itinerary of our GrassRoots Music Tour of the US South in 2020.

We nominated our top six albums of the month.

We talked about the International Folk Music Awards.


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