You’ve gotta admire SWAMP DOGG.
The seventy-six year old Portsmouth, Virginia musican, now based in Hollywood — known best as Little Jerry and Little Jerry Williams in the 1950s and 1960s has never stopped learning… never stopped being excited about music and never stopped evolving as an artist. All new musicians should sit up and take note!
He totally reinvented himself as Swamp Dogg in 1970 to release satirical, offbeat, and often eccentric recordings and successfully released fifteen albums prior to his Re-Re-Invention of the persona back in 2000.
His “Slow Slow Disco” was sampled by Kid Rock on the track “I Got One for Ya” and his sounds have veered from funk, thru disco, country, rock ‘n’ roll and the blues towards off-kilter pop and, of course, R&B.
Recently Dogg has been working with Ryan Olson [Poliça] Justin Vernon [Bon Iver] and David Kearney [Guitar Shorty] so he’s found that his bluesy southern-soul is colliding head-on with 21st Century electronic music production techniques on new album “Love, Loss, and Auto-Tune” out on 7 September via Joyful Noise.
“Lonely” for example, is a fruitburst of a song, with layers of deep regret that heed the push of the urgent horn section to keep the motivation going.
Whereas “I’ll Pretend” feat. Bon Iver & Guitar Shorty [shared below] is a haunting blues-number with a dark buzz and more than a hint of “Then There Were Three” mid 1980s Genesis. Spectacular.
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