Swamp Dogg - Blackgrass: From West Virginia To 125th St.


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Swamp Dog — Blackgrass: From West Virginia to 125th ST

"Not a lot of people talk about the true origins of bluegrass music, but it came from Black people. The banjo, the washtub, all that stuff started with African Americans. We were playing it before it even had a name." — Swamp Dogg

Produced by Ryan Olson (Bon Iver, Poliça) and recorded with an all-star band including Noam Pikelny, Sierra Hull, Jerry Douglas, Chris Scruggs, Billy Contreras, and Kenny Vaughan, this collection is a riotous blend of past and present, mixing the sacred and the profane in typical Swamp Dogg fashion as it blurs the lines between folk, roots, country, blues, and soul. The tracklist is an eclectic one-brand new originals and vintage Swamp Dogg classics sit side by side with reimaginings of '70s R&B hits and timeless '50s pop tunes — but the performances here are thoroughly cohesive, filtering everything through a progressive Appalachian lens that nods to tradition without ever being bound by it.

Special guests such as Margo Price, Vernon Reid, Jenny Lewis, Justin Vernon, and The Cactus Blossoms all add to the excitement, but it's ultimately the 81-year-old Swamp Dogg's delivery — sly and playful and full of genuine joy and ache — that steals the show. The result is a record that's as reverent as it is raunchy, a collection that challenges conventional notions of genre and race while at the same time celebrating the music that helped make Swamp Dogg the beloved iconoclast he's known as today.

Mess Under That Dress
Ugly Man's Wife
Curtains on the Window
Have a Good Time
The Other Woman (feat. Margo Price)
Songs to Sing
Count the Days (feat. Jenny Lewis)
Gotta Have My Baby Back
Your Best Friend
This Is My Dream
Rise Up (feat. Vernon Reid)
Murder Ballad

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