“In 2011, the Dallas Observer awarded "Big Gus" Samuelson the trophy for Best DJ. Samuelson does have an impeccable ear for great tunes and his low, Southern Barry White-ish speaking voice helps him excel in that realm on KHYI-FM 95.3. For years now, however, he has fronted one hell of a band, Swampadelic. By blending blues, zydeco and Western swing, Samuelson and his crew cover aural terrain that few area bands can. The Cajun flavor of his tunes comes naturally, as he was raised in Louisiana before making his way to Dallas many years ago. American Soul, his just-released solo effort, is a fantastic collection of primarily acoustic songs that are packed with, well, soul. Most of the songs are originals with a few re-worked numbers from Swampadelic's Paralngua album thrown in for great measure.”
“The new Gus Samuelson @poppagus #AmericanSoul is Jackson Browne meets Leon Redbone with Bill Frisell-style picking. #GetIt”
“Gus Samuelson, ‘American Soul’
Dallas troubadour Gus Samuelson bills his sound as “swampy tonk,” a succinct way to describe the humid pleasures of his largely acoustic material. Gifted with a voice that, at times, conjures visions of Leon Redbone and backed by little more than a vigorously plucked acoustic and spacious percussion, Samuelson grabs hold from the opening moments of American Soul and refuses to let go.”
“...Very Cool Songs...My foot has been taping throughout the CD!...”
— Doug MacLeod...Artist/Guitarist/Songwriter...Multi Blues Award Nominee..
"Big Gus and Swampadelic" really capture the essence and heart of Texas music. A strong dose of the blues combined with classic soul and swampy Cajun rhythmns, Parlangua is filled with strong and memorable songs, soulful singing, powerful grooves and a slamming horn section. Big Gus has really done what many set out to do, create a sound that satisfies the heart and the mind. In the vein of classic Delbert McClinton, this is a thinking man's party record.
Recording Artist /Songwriter/ Producer
“Gus Samuelson and Swampadelic's "Parlangua" is sonic medicine, opiate for the ears, with a good measure of "Get Up and Move" that takes us on a "Good Time Soul Fixin' Ride"...”
"Confessin' The Blues".. Syndicated Radio Show
“...Away from the usual.Brass,Fiddle,Jazzy Charts,Gulf Coast,New Orleans,Dallas...plus some guitar that evokes ...Texas,Freddie,The Nightcaps, a little JV...all in all a fun Gumbo of Louisiana,and Texas....”
Guitarist/Keyboardist -Inducted into The Austin,Texas Music Hall Of Fame
“Big Gus Samuelson ....Recipient of the "My Texan Award 2013"....Academy of Texas Music...”
Academy Of Texas Music / Texas Music Awards
““Gus Samuelson knows what’s cool. He’s a purveyor of many different styles and executes them perfectly through great songwriting”……”
— Matt Hillyer....1100 Springs
““My man Gus has delivered an awesome, swampy, sophisticated album of music/sound you don’t hear anymore. Great songs, grooves, horns, and a veteran voice come together to create the perfect storm of a sound, that gives you the feeling you’re hangin’ with a sweet old friend. A pro musician making his own style of soul music.”……”
— Deryl Dodd
““People are always shouting, Play something New and Different….well here it is, “Big Gus and Swampadelic”. The new album “Parlangua” is a collection of spicy tunes that will keep your mouth watering when they’re done. This is what happens when you sprinkle “Tony Chachere’s on your Honky-Tonk. With tunes like “Sweet Love and “I Want My Kiss Back” you will be “Voodoo-Whoppin’ your way down the road. From the “Swamptastic horns” to the crawl of the fiddle and beat, you will surely know that you have caught something “New and Different”,…Big Gus and Swampadelic. …..Carey Dean 106.9 The Ranch….Dean and Nash Morning Drive”
— Carey Dean....106.9...The Ranch DFW
““I love this Rascal”!....Anson Funderburgh…Renowned Guitarist , winner of 13 W.C. Handy Awards and Producer”
— Anson Funderburgh
"Big Gus and Swampadelic's"...."Parlangua"..listed as a Top 10 Release for 2012...."Hill Country Happenings" Magazine
— Hill Country Happenings
"Honest Lie"...cut off "Big Gus and Swampadelic"'s..."Parlangua"...was listed as a Top 10...Country/Americana song for 2012 by The "Dallas Observer".
— Dallas Observer
“Big Gus & Swampadelic – Parlangua – One of the rare Texas bands that owes more to Allan Toussaint and Dr. John than Willie & Waylon, the DFW combo formed by singer/songwriter/guitarist/radio personality Gus Samuelson doesn’t chase any trends, preferring to make the most of decades-old funk, classic country, roadhouse blues, and Creole dance music. It’s a bluesy, brassy love letter to New Orleans delivered with confident, down-to-earth enthusiasm on shakers like “I Don’t Know What It Is” and “Honest Lie.”
"Best Albums of 2012".....as reviewed by Michael Ethan Messick for the "Texas Music Scene/ Gibson Guitar Austin"”
— Texas Music Scene
“Dave Mason In Concert
January 28, 2011
Granada Theater, Dallas, Texas
It’s always a treat to be able to catch a show at the intimate Granada Theater. There’s not a bad seat in the house and the sound is usually pretty good. Because of that, I was really looking forward to the Dave Mason show that stopped by there last night. And, again, I wasn’t disappointed.
The opening act, Big Gus and the Swampadelics, is a local band that I hadn’t had the privilege of listening to until last night. The leader of the band, guitarist Big Gus Samuelson, says their niche is “Bayou Honky Tonk Soul with a little bit of Zydeco”. I’d say that just about describes this band. Tight and solid, these boys know how to rock. If they were a package on the shelf in a store, the label would say, “Tabasco Included” they’re so hot. Make sure and catch this band if you ever get the chance. They’re very entertaining with that Cajun cool vibe thing goin’ on.
“Sure, the main draw on the stage for the not-as-hot-as-I-thought-it-would-be night was Hayes Carll, the Southeastern Texan that has become a folk and roots rock favorite all over the country, but Big Gus & Swampadelic, the opening band, who went on around 815 pm, just before sunset, proved to be an absolute revelation. Their blend of rhythm and blues, western swing, rock and cajun zydeco represented what I think true Texas music is at it’s best: diverse, yet still cohesive. It seemed as though the 300-400 people that were there agreed with me.
Just like Doug Sahm’s Texas Tornados many years ago, Big Gus – who is a DJ at KHYI 95.3 in North Texas and also has some cajun blood running through his veins — has found a way to blend in the rich, culturally vital sounds of an area that borders our state, only to fully incorporate those traits into a spicy broth that bubbles into a wholly satisfying concoction that just comes out tasting right.”
Best Of Texas 2010