SXSW Stomped

(conqueroo) The line outside the Continental Club stretched down the block last Friday night, as the Ponderosa Stomp SXSW Showcase part of the Louisiana Initiative at SXSW and sponsored by Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Company and the New Orleans Musicians Gig Fund, via a generous grant from Rolling Stone took a packed house on a whirlwind trip to the Gulf Coast. A veritable dream team of Mardi Gras Indians, swamp poppers, garage rockers, rockabilly heroes, soul singers, and R&B shouters were on the bill for the party, a sneak preview for the Ponderosa Stomp, scheduled for the Gibson Guitar Factory in Memphis, Tennessee May 8, 9 & 10. Spanish moss hung from the microphone stands as Shreveport, Louisiana native DJ Fontana best known for pounding the tubs on Elvis' early sessions, recorded a half-century ago this year took the stage with dueling guitarists Charlie Sexton and CC Adcock, bassist Kenny Bill Stinson, and a variety of vocalists, including swamp pop godfather Warren Storm, who belted out a vicious version of "Hound Dog" to a rapt audience, before fellow swamp popper Tommy McClain served up his own hits, including versions of "Sweet Dreams" and "Before I Grow Too Old."[see full story for more] - Click here for the Full Story

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