Soggy Po’Boys (from the album Smoke)
Music has been known to make magic, tapping into its natural ability to enchant and transform. Soggy Po’Boys create con conjuring with their latest release, Smoke, turning the crisp climes of their northern New Hampshire home into a steamy French Quarter night each Tuesday for their performance residency in Dover, NH. Though the sound of New Orleans makes its journey north, the music of Soggy Po’Boys does not wander far from Crescent City tradition. Smoke blasts brass-fueled funk, letting the horns have their way as they lead the Soggy Po from formal concert halls into the seductive sound of back alley Jazz. The percussion of album opener “So Simple”, leads the steps into a Caribbean bounce while Soggy Po’Boys make a home for wayward rhythms with the Latin flavor of “Pani Ti Moun”, wrap darkness around the in and out horn breaths of “Carmona a.D.”, and lay down a second line beat to brand “Meet Me at the Funeral” as Bourbon-Street friendly.
The music of New Orleans is curated and carried forward by Soggy Po’Boys as the band load-in for performances around their native New England and beyond. Smoke is all about the representation of the music, the Tom Waits-style to the vocals part of the playing as “Yeah Alright OK” marks modern love problems with old school Jazz riffs. The rhythms push the brass into marching form with “Birdseye” as Soggy Po’Boys slow the melody to take a hit of “Ether Rag”, shuffle up the rhythms to deal out “Answers for Sale”, make a confession on the sultry smooth groove of “I Hardly Know Her”, and hush to a reverence in the playing of “Nearer, My God, to Thee/Into the Gloaming” before picking up the beat to close out the song with a street parade.
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