The Jersey Swamp Cats review…June 29, 2019….

JERSEY SWAMP CATS

GO CAT GO!

JUMP JIVE AND WAIL–CUPCAKE!-BLUE MONDAY–I DON’T MIND–TOO TIRED–DANCE ALL NIGHT–TOOTIE MA IS A BIG FINE THING–I GET EVIL–SHINY GRAY CORVETTE

The Jersey Swamp Cats are a good-time quartet based outta Orange, New Jersey.  Gerry Gladston is on keys, Don Leich is on guitars, Larry Ghiorsi is on bass, and Chris Reardon is on drums.  Everyone shares the vocals, and their latest set, entitled “Go Cat Go!,”  blends elements of Sun, Imperial, Chess, New Orleans boogie, and jump-blues for s sweet, highly-danceable mix of revved-up rockabilly blues!

Their retro sound is a perfect match for the set’s opener, a cool play on Louis Prima’s classic “Jump, Jive, And Wail,” guaranteed to fill dance floors all over Jersey!  The band’s original, “Cupcake!,” is a neat call-and-response tale of that “crazy little girl” who’s as irresistible as the dessert she’s named for!  Next up, we go on down to Cosimo’s for a bluesy shot of “Blue Monday,” and stay in the Big Easy for the horn-fueled, second-line, good-time PAAR-TAY of “Tootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing!”

Our favorites closed things up.  First, “I Get Evil” is the name, and rhumba’s the game on this tune with that iconic chorus, “don’t you lie to me,” as Don channels his inner Albert King to add a bluesy spark.  The set proper closes with another band original, a sho’ nuff classic “car song,” which finds the fellows “drivin’ down the highway doin’ one-twenty-five,” in their “Shiny Little Gray Corvette!”

At nine cuts, what this set lacks in length, it more than makes up for in the wallop it packs.  Take a nod from the Jersey Swamp Cats and put your cat clothes on with your blue suede shoes and “Go Cat Go!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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