Swampadelic fronts Marcia Ball Band

| February 11, 2012

Big Gus Samuelson

Story and pictures by Mary Jane Farmer

Friday night (2/10/12), the band Swampadelic opened the show at Loose Wheels Texas, in Denison, for the capacity crowd there also to see Marcia Ball. Big Gus Samuelson leads Swampadelic, a band that blends horns with fiddles and drums with bass, along with Gus’s lead guitar work and original songs. The outcome is a style of swamp-a-tonk blues that defys genre identification. Ric Denker, fiddler, will come out with a blues tune, with Greg on trombone adding accent, and then Greg will turn around and kick off a swamp-style country tune, Ric doing the accents. It often reverses. Through it, Gus picks the melody and a few asides on his guitar, while Bill Sallee keeps it moving on his 100-year-old stand-up bass. Drummer Chad Ford ties it all together with a style unique only to him.

Swampadelic plays again Thursday at Love & War in Texas (Plano) 8-10 p.m. (2-16-12), the next in the Lone Star Underground series.

Marcia Ball

Marcia Ball — well, what can you say. The queen of swamp boogie blues adds her own originals and her keyboards to her band of bass, horns, lead guitar, and drums. Marcia is a yearly-regular at Loose Wheels, and this time, like the others, packed the house. The true dignity of music is something that seldom can be identified in musicians, but Marcia Ball brings it to every stage she graces.

Apologies for there not being as many pictures of Marcia as there are of Swampadelic here, but the crowd was so big it was impossible to move from one side of the room to the other — a good sign of a successful night!

Swampadelic pictures, click here

Marcia Ball pictures, click here

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