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Mickey Bones

Here's what music critic Brett Milano says about Mickey Bones in the Boston Pheonix;

There's probably a short list of rules for musicians who want to play authentic New Orleans sounds. First, you oughta be funky. You should eat a mess of crawfish and have your Professor Longhair down pat. Most of all you shouldn't come from Cambridge, Massachussetts.

Drummer/bandleader Mickey Bones has broken that last rule, but he's been behind most of the home grown bands who've played Cresent City music with any degree of credibility - starting with the Boogaloo Swamis whom he founded in the early 80's. Currently he leads no fewer than five bands, four of which make their recorded debut on the just-released Swamptone Sampler (on the Swamptone label, which Bones and his musical partner Joe Pete Wetherbee run from deep in the bayous of West Somerville).

Over coffee at the Middle East last week, Bones explained the real secret of of being a Louisiana-flavored drummer. “I call it the slop factor.” he said. “You keep a steady beat and throw in these little rolls, (flams and) what they call ruffs. It's also knowing where the (music) came from; a lot of the New Orleans sound comes from the combination of West African beats and European melodies. Before I went to New Orleans, I was thinking too much about speed, putting that before the groove. Down there you learn that being fast doesn't mean it's groovy

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