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This Boogie Life

by Swamphouse

Blues, Roots Boogie, Rock 'n' Roll . From hard drivin' Delta blues, a touch of Zydeco, big band jazz to a mournful ballad.. This album takes the broad spectrum of the blues and serves it up - Swamphouse style.
Genre: Blues: Slide Guitar Blues
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1. I Wants To Be Loved
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2. Fine Fine Fine
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3. Blue Monday
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4. Goin' Away Baby
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5. I wish You Luck
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6. I Used To Be Bad
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7. You Never Can Tell
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8. Gotta Move
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9. Caravan
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10. Boogie Or Burst
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11. The Wrestler
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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With at least eighty years playing experience between them, Gary Lothian and Nicholas Churkin, long time members of such legendary Australian bands as The King Bees, James T & The Last Volunteers and The Cyril B Bunter Band, toured Austalia extensively for many years with such acts as Canned Heat, John Mayall, George Thoroughgood & The Destroyers and Australias own "Wild One" - Johnny O'Keefe.
In 2005 Nick & Gary formed the Swamphouse duo, featuring drums and guitar with Nick taking up the vocals. As one reviewer from the Sydney Blues Society said,

"Don't be fooled by the word "duo" or have preconceived ideas about the name Swamphouse - these guys put out a sound that any full on band would be proud to produce! "

The original concept of performing as a duo and recording Swamp & Circumstance, was well received with continuing sales & acclaim.
However, a decision in 2008 to add double/electric bassist Mike Rix, one of Sydney’s finest & in demand players, has resulted in a stronger, fatter, more versatile sound.
This led to the germination of "This Boogie Life", which was originally concieved as a demo of the trio line up, and recorded 90% live at "The Clubhouse", under the old railway viaducts in Glebe, Sydney.
After listening to the live tapes we realised we had something special here. It was too good not to release. So with some minor overdubs and production time "This Boogie Life" came to fruition.
So sink a couple, strap on your dancing shoes, take your marks and Git to Boogie.
If ya fellin' a bit frisky you can always visit our website @ www.swamphouse.com.au


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Chuck Topetzes, Atlanta, Georgia

Swamphouse: This Boogie Life
REVIEW OF SWAMPHOUSE: THIS BOOGIE LIFE FOR CD BABY


There is no short supply of blues bands in the United States. Apparently and interestingly, there is also no short supply of them in Australia. Yes, that’s what I said – Australia. And who’d a “thunk” that one of the best blues bands around –either here in the States or Down Under – would be a three-piece band from the Sydney-area called “Swamphouse”?

Swamphouse’s excellent rhythm section is manned by Mike Rix (acoustic and electric bass) and Nick Churkin (drums and vocals), two exceptionally solid and experienced musicians who keep driving “the bottom” of each song. All the guitar work on this CD is done by Gary Lothian, a phenomenal guitarist whose electric, acoustic and slide guitar phrasing reflects his mastery of Texas Blues as good as SRV and as good as any Delta Blues performer. Despite these obviously apparent similarities, he has managed to express his own individual and unique style through a generous array of phrasing and tonal diversity.

Nick Churkin carries most of the water when it comes to vocals. He has a very unique and special vocal style that lends itself perfectly to the tunes on the CD.

In short, this three-man combination of talent and many years of gig-after-gig experience can play everything from driving Texas Blues, spirited Rockabilly, as well as traditional country/folk ballads.

Now, what about the tunes on “This Boogie Life”? Well, how many blues bands would cover songs written by just about everyone from Fats Domino to Duke Ellington? I kid you not. These guys also do Chuck Berry, Bruce Springsteen, Elmore James and Roy Rogers. Of the 11 tunes on the CD, “Boogie Or Burst” is an original tune Nick Churkin co-authored with a mysterious individual known only to the members of Swamphouse. Otherwise, they cover this eclectic range of the remaining 10 tunes and do them their own, special boogie way.

To get a taste of this band’s Texas Blues style, listen to their version of “I Used To Be Bad.” And if you’re hungry for a Chuck Berry vibe, listen and tap your foot to the band’s version of “You Never Can Tell.” Lothian’s guitar work on this tune is tasteful and melodic. He really knows his way around a guitar fret board. And it’s very rare to hear bands cover Fats Domino tunes, but Swamphouse does a superb job of it with their version of “Blue Monday.” And I can’t remember the last time I heard any band tackle Duke Ellington’s “Caravan,” but Swamphouse handles it beautifully. And Lothian’s slide guitar work is nothing short of brilliant. I could go on and on, here.

So, you don’t have to go to Chicago, Atlanta, Memphis or Austin to hear boogie blues of the highest quality. Just get yourself a copy of Swamphouse’s “This Boogie Life.” When it comes to the blues, the States don’t have anything on our cousins Down Under. Rix, Churkin and Lothian can really kick some ass.

Chuck Topetzes
Atlanta, Georgia