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Warren Storm and Willie Tee and Cypress - Warren Storm and Willie Tee and Cypress

Warren Storm and Willie Tee
and Cypress

Warren Storm and Willie Tee
and Cypress

Jin Records - 9086

Available from Cypress Band's web site.

A review written for the Folk and Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb
(taoboy@cox.net)

For these two Louisiana artists this disc is a long time coming, however for us it is well worth the wait, or for those that don't know of these two, it is a disc that can infuse the heart with great joy. Willie "Tee," Trahan wrote a number of songs that became popular regionally, and his work on sax made him an in demand musician in the Lafayette, LA area. Warren Storm grew-up out in Abbeville, LA, his father was a Cajun musician. As a kid he ran around with the legendary songwriter (See You Later Alligator) Bobby Charles, often going (sneaking) into New Orleans to listen to the black Rhythm & Blues Artists. He was a drummer and singer with the Shondells, and later with among others Lil' Band of Gold, with Steve Riley and C.C. Adcock. He is known as one of the most expressive and distinctive voices of swamp pop music.

Warren Storm and Willie Tee met in the 80s and put together the Cypress Band and played clubs for years until the oil boom fizzled and the clubs closed. Recently the two joined forces again and reformed the band Cypress and we are blessed with their work. For this disc they carefully chose songs they loved, giving great renditions of three Bobby Charles songs, four Fats Domino/ Dave Bartholomew songs and seven more from various others that they do a righteous job with. They split the lead singing chores right down the middle. The band is solid behind them and the songs fit these two well; (There Is) Something On Your Mind, the Big Jay McNeely classic, and Sea of Love just stand out. But there is not a weak or throwaway cut on this disc and I had a hard time removing it from the changer. You may have to search but don't let it slip away.

Track List:

  • Fannie Mae
  • Irene
  • My Girl Josephine
  • I Don't Want to Know
  • Rosemary
  • (There Is) Something On Your Mind
  • Shake, Rattle and Roll
  • Why Can't You
  • Tennessee Blues
  • La La
  • Bartender Blues
  • Chicken On the Run
  • Valley of Tears
  • Sea of Love

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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