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The Squeezebox Stompers - Rockin' Ralph's Roadhouse

Rockin' Ralph's Roadhouse

The Squeezebox Stompers

CC1102

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com).

Not only does this CD swing and swamprock, but it was drawn from the Katrina disaster as a play emphasizing the New Orleans area's unique vibe and contribution to American culture —thus expect blues, zydeco, cajun, a bit of country, jigs, reels, jazz, and a smidge of rock & roll. The combo's accordionist, Ralph Tufo, wrote the entire thing though the liner's more than a little inspecific as to whether the play was actually performed or not. If not, it should be. The character cast is well set up, and the songs indicate the narrative line quite well.

Miss Bon Vivant, Don't You Cross that River, and Alligator Stomp are my favorite cuts, all naturals for the stage as well as for purely sonic purposes, though Larry Plitt's haunting slide guitar in Down on the Delta bids fair to make the fourth place slot. Several cuts are less than perfectly polished, especially re: the vocals, which adds an extra element of down-hominess and rough-road light opera to everything. It'd be interesting to see just how this would all be carried off in the flesh, under the lights, and beside the smokehouse.

Track List:

  • Roadhouse Inn
  • Cajun Party
  • Miss Bon Vivant
  • Magnolia Two-STep
  • She's Got a Hurt
  • Those People
  • By the Light
  • Aliigator Stomp
  • Zydeco Lady
  • Down on the Delta
  • Sweet Cajun Girl
  • Only Time
  • Further On
  • Squeezebox Stomp
All songs written by Ralph Tufo.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

Copyright 2008, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.

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