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It’s country funk. The Byrds put something in it, Ray Charles added a lot. It’s a pound of R & B, and an ounce or three of country. The music has Cajun swamp miasma, a touch of Longhair’s New Orleans blues rhumba, some of the Taj’s recreations or Cow Cow Davenport’s buck dance thing. It has been shaped by Otis Redding’s horn thinking, Steve Cropper’s and Reggie Young’s and Chips Moman’s fantastic section guitar work—part lead and part rhythm on the same tune. It has Tommy Cogbill’s structured variations of the rhapsodic Motown bass lines. It has Roger Hawkins’ gut-stirring, beautiful snare hit. Jim Stewart and Rick Hall and Chips and Tom Dowd picked up where Sam Phillips left off and poured it into Sam & Dave and Clarence Carter. It’s a lot of gospel changes and very, very rarely 12-bar blues." --"What It Is – Is Swamp Music – Is What It Is" (1969) by Jerry Wexler.

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Swamp pop is a music genre indigenous to the Acadiana region of south Louisiana and an adjoining section of Southeast Texas. Created in the 1950s and early 1960s by teenage Cajuns, it combines New Orleans-style rhythm and blues, country and western, and traditional French Louisiana musical influences. Although a fairly obscure genre, swamp pop maintains a large audience in its south Louisiana and southeast Texas homeland, and it has acquired a small but passionate cult following in the United Kingdom, northern Europe, and Japan.

"Swamp rock" is a distinct genre and is different from swamp pop in that drew more on 1960s rock than on the 1950s rhythm and blues sound that helped to define swamp pop. It is epitomized by the work of such artists as Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tony Joe White, Delaney & Bonnie and Jesse Ed Davis.

Selected discography



  • Slim Harpo, Raining in My Heart, Excello, 1961.
  • Johnnie Allan, Promised Land, Ace 380, 1992 [UK].
  • Johnnie Allan, Swamp Pop Legend: Johnnie Allan – The Essential Collection, Jin 9044, 1995.
  • Rod Bernard, Swamp Pop Legend: Rod Bernard – The Essential Collection, Jin 9056, 1998.
  • Rod Bernard, Swamp Rock 'n' Roller, Ace 488, 1994 [UK].
  • The Boogie Kings, Swamp Boogie Blues, Jin 9045, 1995.
  • Van Broussard, The Early Years, CSP 1007, 1993.
  • Bobby Charles, Bobby Charles, 1971
  • Cookie & The Cupcakes, By Request, Jin 9037, 1993.
  • Charles Mann, Swamp Pop Legend: Charles Mann – The Essential Collection, Jin 9060, 1998.
  • Randy & The Rockets, A Blast from the Past – The Essential Collection, Jin 9059, 1998.
  • Phil Phillips, Sea of Love, (Album) Bear Family, 2008.
  • Warren Storm, Night After Night, Jin 9039, 1995.
  • Tommy McLain, Swamp Pop Legend: Tommy McLain – The Essential Collection, Jin 9054, 1997.
  • Clint West, Swamp Pop Legend: Clint West – The Essential Collection, Jin 9055, 1997.
  • The Uniques (Louisiana Band), Don't Miss Your Water
  • Various Artists, Eddie's House of Hits: The Story of Goldband Records, Ace 424, 1992 [UK].

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