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The Subdudes - Behind the Levee

Behind The Levee

The Subdudes

Back Porch Records

Available from The Subdudes merchandise page.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This is wonderful follow up to their very excellent Miracle Mule and continues their push to make vibrant music that cohesively blends all of their influences, and the influence of the music that engulfs the city of New Orleans, where it all coalesced for them. This is their second disc since they reformed and shows them to be forging ahead and not resting on any laurels. They brought in Keb' Mo' to produce this disc which was actually finished before Katrina hit and the Levees broke. The title comes from the knowledge that down behind the levees was the place to go and chill out and get away from all of the trouble and turbulence that can ravage life, a place to go and get happy and make some music.

This band achieved a sort of notoriety for not using a drummer, but a tambourine and other alternative percussion. Their music is a wonderful fusion of the gospel, funk, jazz, and Caribbean rhythms that make the music of New Orleans so very beat prominent and danceable. They deliver this music with good vocals that combine beautiful harmonies and very strong songwriting; music that diffuses that soul mix of the gumbo that makes this a true distillation of the music of this breathtaking band. This is happy music that is not going to let you just sit or stand there, but rather have you tapping and leaning and bobbing with the rhythms as they shift and flow. They have a very devoted and rabid following and a good listen to this disc will reveal the reasons why people feel this way about them. Don't let this one slide away as it is a true blend filled with all the soul that makes up New Orleans.

Track List:

  • Papa Dukie And The Mud People
  • Next To Me
  • No Vacancy
  • One Word (Peace)
  • Social Aid & Pleasure Club
  • Time For The Sun To Rise
  • Let's Play
  • Looking At You
  • Keep My Feet On The Ground
  • Prayer Of Love

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2006, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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