Band: Honey Island Swamp Band
Date: Sunday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m.
Venue: Legacy Bar & Grill, 9 Du Rhu Drive, Suite 201,
Tickets: $10 at the door
While Hurricane Katrina is known for its destructive forces, its impact had some creative aspects, like assisting in the birth of the Honey Island Swamp Band. After the levee broke, NoLa natives Aaron Wilkinson (acoustic guitar, mandolin, vocals) and Chris Mulé (electric guitar, vocals) retreated to San Francisco, where destiny joined them with fellow evacuees Sam Price (bass, vocals) and Garland Paul (drums, vocals).
In a city hungry for South Louisiana sounds, the four came together as the Honey Island Swamp Band and began performing weekly gigs at John Lee Hooker’s Boom Boom Room. When Honey Island Swamp Band returned to the Gulf Coast, Mobile quickly became one of its regular stops, and in 2010 the band grew into a five-piece with the addition of keyboardist Trevor Brooks.
Critics have described the band’s sound as “Bayou Americana.” Its latest addition to this trademark sound is 2013’s “Cane Sugar,” which was financed by crowd funding. Each song resonates Honey Island Swamp Band’s perfect mix of blues, roots rock and swamp pop. “Cast the First Stone” is an excellent reference for the band’s sound: a swampy piano mixed with bluesy slide guitar and Mardi Gras brass. Honey Island Swamp Band has taken some of the best genres of Southern music and combined them into one big sound.