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Ogden Music Festival 2012

Swamp Cabbage

"Rootsy, southern-fried blues doesn't come much more boggy than Swamp Cabbage." Jon Sobel - BlogCritics.org

Founded by Jacksonville Florida native Walter Parks, Swamp Cabbage presents a three piece soundtrack to a voyage through Northeast Florida palmetto thickets and Southeast Georgia gator marshes. Swamp Cabbage is true Americana roots music.

Walter's electric guitar style is a mélange of Scott Joplin's ragtime and Jerry Reed's bayou pickin. Jim DeVito's bass barks like a tuba through a fuzz box and Jagoda drums like he's leadin' a New Orleans funeral parade. The group has recorded three CDs – the self released debut "Honk" in 2006, "Squeal" released in 2008 on the ZOHO Roots label and live endeavor recorded in New York entitled "Live On The In Tune" in 2010, and in 2012, "Drum Roll Please",re-envisioned, re-imagined and re-swamped 70s classics, presented in a way that only the raspy singin’ combo of fatback blues and trailer park funk can dish out.

Swamp Cabbage's song "American Guns Theme Song" derived from "Tallahassee" off their 2004 release HONK is used as the theme song to the new 2011 Discovery Channel reality show "American Guns".

Veteran blues guitarist Walter Parks has built an international career as the lead guitarist for Woodstock legend Richie Havens, half of the folk-duo the Nudes, and leader of the southern swamp-blues group Swamp Cabbage. After thirty years in the music industry, he marked his debut as a solo artist with the release of his self-titled album in December 2011. Inspired by the swampy gospel blues that wails from storefront churches and roadhouses in and around the southeast Georgia low country, Parks’ album is full of boot-stomping, guitar-strumming tunes that explore matters of the soul and spirit, built upon a foundation of jazz and folk. In addition to his recent solo effort, Parks remains the driving force behind Swamp Cabbage, the group he formed in 2001 as a means of exploring his southern musical influences.

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