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Gumbo Diablo / Press

“Gumbo Diablo have come up with a lively, entertaining sound on their new CD, 'The Gods We Were Before'. Roots, Cajun, rock and roll, and the coolest accordion work around combine into something fun, edgy, and inspiring. Whatever influences are brewing in any song, Gumbo Diablo never scrimp on structure, style, and talent. Their album doesn’t just have a little bit of everything from Americana roots; it plays each influence well, and the band reaches that point where influences do not matter nearly as much as the fetching originality they have created”

“‘The Hard Sell,’ by Boston’s Gumbo Diablo, may well be my first music crush of 2012. I’m terribly addicted to this song, with its strange zydeco-meets-indie madness and its rocking accordion. (Yes, I said that.) There’s nothing about this song that’s not completely awesome, and indeed, the rest of the band’s 2011 album, The Gods We Were Before, holds up. There’s an incredibly vivacious spirit about this band, along with a sense of juggling madly on the precipice between musical nostalgia and what’s fresh and new. Much, much fun”

“Can Gumbo Diablo really be from Boston? From their album’s opening accordion kick, the band is unabashedly Bayou, rollicking with a groove that reeks of New Orleans sweat and hurricanes (the drink, not the storms). If their recorded output reflects their live energy, this band’s a must-see”

“Gumbo Diablo deliver spot-on flavors of New Orleans and the breezy Caribbean…a flaming hot dish of Cajun, roots-rock sounds sure to quench everyone’s musical thirst”

Douglas Sloane - Metronome

“...a heady brew...bristling with energy...fearless”

“...irresistibly appealing...a refreshing world music stew of life-affirming numbers”

“Gumbo Diablo is a rollicking, boisterous, and unapologetic band whose sound runs the gamut from folk to dancey pop to the occasional sweet, slow, old-timey waltz. When you see them live, expect to be surprised–and please don’t forget your dancing shoes”

Adwoa Gyimah-Brempong - Tea Party Boston

“It’s hard to sit still during their fiery up-tempo covers, like their medley of ‘House of the Rising Sun’ and ‘Sea Lion Woman.’ And yet the band is no less enthralling when they slow things down: the heart-wrenching ‘Louisiana 1927′ is sincere in its raw grief thanks to Wendy’s haunting vocals and Ken’s mournful chord progressions. However, it is Gumbo Diablo’s original songs that make the group stand out. In a flooded field of local bands, Gumbo Diablo retains fans with their originality and dependability”

Sarah Jessica Johnson - The Diverse Arts Project