(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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