The Lil' Band o' Gold: The Promised Land (Dust Devil Music)

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Lil' Band o' Gold: I Don't Wanna Know
The Lil' Band o' Gold: The Promised Land (Dust Devil Music)

"Supergroup" isn't a word you hear bandied about in the self-effacing world of Cajun music/swamp rock/zydeco circles but this outfit fits that description and on this, their second album, they mine that soulful Southern sound which Little Feat, Beausoleil and others have found so profitable and enjoyable.

So here are accordion (Steve Riley), pedal steel (Richard Comeaux), saxes (Pat Breaux and Dickie Landry), lots of guitars and various vocalist (Riley, Kenny Bill Stinson, Tommy McLain) aching through the late Bobby Charles' bluesy I Don't Wanna Know, rockin' the joint or offering up dance party for those who can two-step.

Titles say so much: Teardrops, Dreamer, Runaway's Life, Faster and faster, Hold on Tight, Memeories, Evangaline Rock, The Last Hayride . . .

And it closes with Allen Toussaint's So Long.

Their fans and collaborators have included Bob Dylan, Nick Lowe, John Hiatt, Clifton Chenier . . . This is the soundtrack to an acclaimed doco about Cajun music and the swamp pop these guys make.

One for those with a Louisiana spirit inside -- and this goes well with this recipe

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Ali Duffey - Apr 26, 2010

I concur, G. Reid - they are my favorite band and I'm thrilled that this Kiwi gal has got to know them - helped a little bit with the film also. "I Don't Wanna Know", immortalized by the late great Johnny Adams, is such a treat as sung by the wonderful Warren Storm. A fantastic record.

TonyD - Apr 26, 2010

Saw the film at the Melbourne Film Festival 2009 ... rapt to now have the record. Listen to 'Dreamer'!

Steve Richbrew - Jul 2, 2010

The Promised land is a "see it over and over" kinda film. A real up close view of the individuals and the band together. Not to mention the way you feel you're right there in Lafayette and other bits of Louisiana. The music is golden. I'm an Aussie stranded in the UK for a while and missed LBOG's Aussie tour. But I'm coming home soon and praqying for another tour, hopefully West Coast next time too.

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