Dust Devil Music are proud to announce the worldwide premiere release of ‘The Promised Land’, the latest album by legendary Louisiana ‘Swamp Pop, Country, Cajun, Blues and Rock n Roll Supergroup’, Lil’ Band o’ Gold.
Lil’ Band o’ Gold features some of the most influential musicians to ever have emerged from America’s most important musical state. The outfit was assembled by vocalist and guitarist CC Adcock, who searched the swamps and flatlands of South Louisiana to form a band of his childhood heroes. This process was captured for the documentary The Promised Land: A Swamp Pop Journey which was a feature at the Tribeca, SxSW and Melbourne International Film Festivals – www.room609.com/films/promisedland/
Each member of Lil Band o Gold is a master of a separate style, both diverse and exciting and collectively they comprise a mix of unsurpassed talents. Having recently recorded and toured with the likes of Robert Plant and Fats Domino amongst countless others, Lil’ Band are one of the rare formations of legendary musicians who actually live up to the moniker ‘Supergroup’!
Touring Australia for the first time, the incredible array of performers in Lil’ Band o’ Gold will produce a certain type of magic rarely if ever found in live music today. Their tour will open with the Apollo Bay Music Festival then a host of club shows including Meeniyan Town Hall followed by three huge performances at Byron Bay’s Bluesfest. Lil’ Band o’ Gold are sure to be the most talked about band in 2010.
Be sure to catch Lil’ Band o’ Gold at any one of the following dates:
March 27 – Apollo Bay Music Festival – Buy Tickets Here
March 28 – Meeniyan Hall
March 29 – Northcote Social Club
March 30 – Moruya RSL Memorial Hall
April 1, 2, 3 – Byron Bay Bluesfest
See below for comprehensive bios of each member of Lil’ Band o’ Gold:
CC Adcock – Lafayette born CC Adcock, a musician of meteoric talent, has packed a lot of living into his 35 years with long stints slinging guitar with Bo Diddley and Buckwheat Zydeco, two highly acclaimed solo records, two feature film scores, album productions and thousands of live shows worldwide. For many years CC has had a complete command of the influences of his region, bringing together old and young to nurture and further the true sounds of Acadiana. Considered a genius by many including legendary record producer Jack Nietzsche, CC has played and recorded with the best of them and is without doubt one of the South’s brightest rising stars. CC is the founding member of Lil’ Band O’ Gold.Warren Storm – born in Vermillion Parish, Louisiana in 1937, Warren Storm is considered the “Godfather of Swamp Pop’. At the age of 68, his voice is still second to none. Warren has been responsible for dozens of national and regional hit records since he first broke the US charts in 1958 with ‘The Prisoner Song’, selling 250,000 copies.
Working at the legendary Jay Miller studios in Crowley, Louisiana, Warren was also hired as the “in house” drummer, playing on numerous Blues hits for the likes of Lightning Slim, Slim Harpo, Lonesome Sundown, Lazy Lester, Carol Flan and many others.
Warren is indeed a living legend and holds places in the Louisiana Hall of Fame and Gulf Coast Hall of Fame. He sings and plays drums for Lil’ Band O’ Gold.
Steve Riley – grew up in the prairie town of Mamou, Louisiana, where French is spoken on the street; the national holiday is Mardi Gras and a poor family is one without a fiddler or accordion player.
By the age of 12, Steve was considered an accordion prodigy and by 13 he had been snapped up by Cajun legend Dewy Balfa for his band. In 1991, Steve started his own band, Steve Riley and The Mamou Playboys, who have recorded seven albums, won countless awards and been nominated for three Grammy Awards. Steve is widely considered one of the world’s premier accordion players. He sings and plays the accordion for Lil’ Band O’ Gold.
Tommy McLain – Born in 1940 into a family of musicians, he is considered the founding father of Swamp Pop music. In 1966, with the Boogie Kings, he cut a record for Floyd Soileauis’s Jin label that resulted in the multimillion-selling smash ‘Sweet Dreams’. He has never stopped performing and has enjoyed much success and recognition the world over, touring with the Rolling Stones, ZZ Top and the Yardbirds. He has even found time to be ordained as a Catholic minister. He continues to spread his gospel of love and music on his weekly radio show on Radio Maria broadcast from Alexandria, Louisiana.
Jazzman “Dickie” Landry plays his “own kind” of sax. When Dickie has to play he has to play and people such as Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, Paul Simon, The Phillip Glass Ensemble, Laurie Anderson and The Talking Heads have reaped the rewards of his unique styling. He is also considered a pioneer of conceptual art and installations, having worked with Richard Serra, Gordon Matte-Clark and Rauschenberg in the early 60s.
Born in Cecelia, Louisiana, Dickie is still revered there as the man who can do it all and fix any problem. At 68 years old he is rarely seen on any given night without his sax, wandering the Lafayette streets and sitting in with everyone. He plays saxophone for Lil’ Band O’ Gold.
David Egan is one America’s premier song writers, having written songs for Percy Sledge, Joe Cocker, Etta James, Johnny Adams, Mavis Staples, Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, The Fabulous Thunderbirds and many others. David now writes songs, plays piano and sings with Lil’ Band O’ Gold.
Lil’ Buck Senegal is unquestionably one of the world’s greatest living blues guitar players. Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, in 1940, Buck still lives in the same house on St. Charles Street.
He has played with everyone from Percy Sledge to Alan Toussaint to Joe Tex, and most notably spent 14 years as guitar player for the undisputed “King of Zydeco”, Clifton Chenier (playing on all of Clifton’s Arhoolie recordings). Buck has recorded several solo Albums including the classic, ‘The Buck Starts Here’, helmed by Alan Toussaint. His classic cuts, ‘Cat Scream’, and ‘Monkey in a Sack’, recorded back in 1967 are considered by many to be the first funk tunes ever recorded.
Pat Breaux has long been considered one of the greatest saxophonists forged from the South Louisiana Cajun honky-tonk scene. Pat has toured and performed with the likes of BeauSoleil, Red Beans & Rice and C.C. Adcock. He is the grandson of Cajun music pioneer Amade Breaux, who has been credited with writing Louisiana’s unofficial state anthem “Jolie Blon”. Pat plays saxophone and accordion for Lil’ Band O’ Gold.
Richard Comeaux is flat out the best pedal-steel player in Louisiana and is currently signed to Capital Records with his band River Road. Richard plays pedal steel for Lil’ Band O’ Gold. ‘Comeaux’s pedal-steel playing, rarely heard in Louisiana acts these days outside of country bands, straddles those melodies like a graceful tightrope walker.’ –Austin American Statesman