On Shrimp Boots &Vintage Suits, the Creole String Beans uncork a letter-perfect recreation of "Here Come the Girls," a sexy, Allen Toussaint-penned K-Doe strut. Elsewhere, the group aces the swamp pop chestnut "Shirley," Lloyd Price's "Just Because" and Fats Domino's "Be My Guest." But the Creole String Beans is more than a throwback south Louisiana cover band. More than half of "Shrimp Boots & Vintage Suits" consists of original material written in the classic style.
Keyboardist Brian Rini's "Sally Put a Spell on Me" and "Knock Me Down Again," with honking saxophone and ruminating piano, would not be out of place on a 9th Ward jukebox circa 1959. Guitarist/vocalist Rick Olivier celebrates a women's prison in "St. Gabriel" and Morgus the Magnificent in the sci-fi '60s camp of "Instant People." Olivier also tells the story of swamp living on "Stand Out From The Crowd," where the interplay of saxophone brings the appropriate greasiness to the record. Juke joint piano emanates from "Eyes Like A Cat."
After a wistful "Louisiana Fairytale," the final, sing-along title track comes across like a house party with a band that knows how to host one.
Track Listing: Mr Okra; Funky Spillway; Sally Put A Spell On Me; Be My
Guest; Just Because; What I Know Now; Shirley; Stand Out From The Crowd; Here Come The Girls; Knock Me Down Again; Eyes Like A Cat; St. Gabriel; Instant People; Louisiana Fairytale; Shrimp Boots & Vintage Suits.
Personnel: Rick (Rico) Olivier: vocals, guitar; Rob Savoy: bass, vocals; Bryan Berry: drums, percussion; Brian Rini: piano, organ, vocals; Travis Blotsky: tenor saxophone; Derek Huston: baritone saxophone.
Year Released: 2013
| Record Label: Threadhead Records
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr
I met Erroll Garner at The Theatrical Grill in Cleveland a few hours before our family was to see him on stage at Severance Hall. That was 45 years ago and I was only 15! I spotted him nearby in a booth wearing a beautiful tux with a great white napkin draped over him! I was a little nervous as I approached him (he was eating shrimp cocktail) and said, Mr. Garner, I love playing the piano... is there any advice you could give me?'' He hesitated, then looked back at me and said, Keep playin' and don't stop!'' That was great advice because at 60 years old, I'm still playin' and haven't stopped!