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Our Blues Rules weekend began on the Friday before since we were to participate in the festival’s showcase at Lausanne’s Fnac. We got there a 16h as scheduled, but things were running late which was fortunate since we got to see Leo ‘Bud’ Welch who otherwise would have had already finished his set by then. This was cool, although a bit strange, but then again perhaps not. These days the atmosphere of large bookshops tend to be universal in their air conditioned plastic coated cosiness, and I can’t say if the after work shopping crowd – who were most likely unaware of the whats and whys of the event – was much different than what you might find in a similar store in Mississippi. In any case a little stage had been set up and most people were avoiding the nine square meter area directly in front, watching from a safe distance among the DVD aisles.
Leo ‘Bud’ Welch. Photo: Rattlebrained
Even without considering that he had come over the day before Leo ‘Bud’ Welch was pretty amazing. The energy with which he played then and during both his sets on Saturday and Sunday! And he could often be found sitting out at the festival’s paraphernalia stand listening to the other bands, always cheerful, chatting with folks and enjoying it all… like instantaneously transported from someone’s yard party back home. Hats off to you Mr. Welch!
Swamp Train’s set there…
We are sad to announce that Nikworks, our classy cigar box bass player, recently informed us of his decision to leave the band. This decision was not taken lightly as you may guess, and we must thank him…
If you’re in the Geneva – Lausanne area how about a breath of fresh air in the lovely Jura foothills village of St-George next Fri&Saturday!
Swamp Train plays Saturday at 21h40 but the festival’s doors open Friday at 17h00…
Saturday’s heat – up to 39°C on the thermometer we could see across the train tracks – isn’t something us mountain folks are used to. But since it was nearly midnight by the time we hit the stage, the heat had cooled off enough to make it near perfect to play outdoors…
Swamp Train take their name from their own brand of down-home rhythms. Armed with cigar box guitars, washboard and harps they impressively carve out their own take on the blues. The band calls it “Juke Joint Cigar Box Guitar Blues” and they are on a mission: ‘to grasp the spirit; loud, energetic, raise hell and get up and dance!’
Premium Selection’ follows a well trodden path..
As far as I’m concerned it’s already really cool to see a review of our CD in a mag in the UK, and I’ll take note that “the covers are perhaps the strongest songs”; which all things considered means our own tunes aren’t that shabby either…