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Honk

by Swamp Cabbage

Led by Walter Parks, Swamp Cabbage serves a rootsy gumbo of N Florida fatback blues and middle-of-nowhere trailer park funk. The theme song for Discovery Channel’s “American Guns” was derived from their track "Tallahassee".
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1. Tallahassee
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2. If A Thing Feels Right
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3. The Lid
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4. The Dipstick Rag
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5. More Booty With Buddha
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6. Silver Meteor
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7. The Hodown Town (Katy)
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8. Southern Hospitality
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9. Jersey City
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10. Kilowatt
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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The Seminoles, Timuquans and other Native Floridians harvested, boiled and ate the hearts of the Sabal palm tree. Steamed and served as a stew it’s a rustic delicacy similar to artichoke hearts and traditional cabbage. That essence of the “real” Florida is the basis for Swamp Cabbage’s inspirational archetype: a mish mash of genres boiled into a stew of mixed blues, jazz, soul, southern rock, Appalachian and even classical vibes.

Swamp Cabbage was formed in 2001 by veteran guitarist Walter Parks, who built an international career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens. Parks, who recently marked his debut as a solo artist with the release of his self-titled album earlier this year, formed the group along with bassist Jim DeVito and drummer Jagoda as a way to explore his southern musical influences.

Swamp Cabbage – using a guitar, bass and drum format -- sounds like a southern rock band but “thinks” like a jazz, blues or classical trio. Harmonically, their sound is more complex than the blues. Rhythmically it’s akin to New Orleans jazz. Lyrically, they offer a comedic travelogue through Park's North Florida upbringing, all complimented by his electric guitar style -- a mélange of Scott Joplin's ragtime and Jerry Reed's bayou pickin. DeVito's bass, barks like a tuba through a fuzz box, and is backed by Jagoda's New Orleans funeral parade style drummin'.

With four albums of original material under their belt -- Honk (2006), Squeal (ZOHO Roots, 2008) and Live From New York (2010)—this summer the trio released Drum Roll Please, a disc of re-envisioned, re-imagined and re-swamped 70s classics, presented in a way that only the raspy singin' combo of fatback blues and trailer park funk can dish out.

Swamp Cabbage is currently on tour in support of Drum Roll Please and their original music can be heard on the Discovery reality show American Guns credits, and on My Big Redneck Wedding, Man Vs. Food, Emeril Green, Extreme Pig Outs, Gene Simmons Family Jewels, Roadtrip Nation (PBS), Samantha Brown Passport, Amazing Wedding Cakes and Chasing Classic Cars.


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Bart

Great, would love to catch them live.
The music is great. Not one bad song, everyone I shared it with loved it.

wade a. wagner

honk
really cool music.

Daniel Parks

It's honking good music!
A really fine collection of swamp rock that gets your juices going. It reminds me of the time I spent in New Orleans, the Mississippi River, the swamps and plantation houses and the great folks down that way. I look forward to the next Swamp Cabbage CD.

Al

I was not disappointed with the whole CD.
Heard some tracks on the house of blues hour on the radio, had to have it. CD baby fullfilled my need, excellent!

Susan Flint

Honk emits funkadelic sparks that ignite the swamp-stomper within.
Swamp Cabbage: Honk takes you on a journey to the South. Remniscent of old times, the guitar leads are fresh and ballsy. Honk emits funkadelic sparks that ignite the swamp-stomper within. Check it out!

Susan Flint

Honk emits funkadelic sparks that ignite the swamp-stomper within.
Swamp Cabbage: Honk takes you on a journey to the South. Remniscent of old times, the guitar leads are fresh and ballsy. Honk emits funkadelic sparks that ignite the swamp-stomper within. Check it out!

Marty

Hot Swamp Cabbage Stew
Fantastic CD: outstanding original electric roots music, transmiting the real feelgood factor

CJG

Keeps Honkin' like a Razorback
This disc has maintained constant rotation in my own personal collection for over 4 years ever since I stumbled upon Swamp Cabbage late one evening in a musky smoke filled pub outside New Jersey's own swamps off Rt 3. I've been hooked on this band ever since. Honk is listenable from front to back and then some.... brilliant song writing, smokin' guitar chicken pickin', growling and soulful vox, all super-glued together by a wash-tub bass groovin' and second line drummer style rhythm section. Truly an amplified dirt road.

KXPB LPFM Radio

Engaging and exciting, honest and true
Walter played our studio a few weeks back and opened with the Dipstick Rag, an infectious piece that demands another listen. He followed with Tallahassee, which introduced that gravely swamp bayou voice which not only demands attention, but conveys the honest texture of this style. Basically, music you can trust to give you what you think your getting, but you are actually getting more (in style points)
The Lid and Silver Meteor(an instrumental) also make the regular play list here as they are upbeat and catchy. The cd in its entirity is always upbeat, with Kilowatt being the most aggressive piece. An excellent choice for any collection.

Ryan Stoddard


North Florida Swamp Music is on a comeback. Glad to have discovered yall today.
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