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“This is such a devious award. Drout (famous as frontman of Miami's premier blues-rock band, Iko-Iko) and Castiglia (a local blues vet perhaps best known as a longtime sideman for Junior Wells) have won "Best of Miami" and all sorts of other awards in the past. They're stunning talents to be sure. And when their paths crossed — well, consider the fate of just one of the collaborations from their 2006 album, The Bittersweet Sessions. It's called "The Ghosts of Mississippi." Castiglia recorded another version for his 2006 album, A Stone's Throw. And soon after that, Joey Gilmore cut a treatment of it for his own album, which was itself named for the song. How good is "Ghosts"? Gilmore won the International Blues Foundation's award for best blues performance with his version. Drout received the Blues Critics' Choice honor for song of the year. Living Blues magazine put Bittersweet in its top twenty CDs of the year, and "Ghosts" went to number one on MusicChoice.”
“Iko-Iko's Graham Wood Drout, has received the Blues Critics Choice award for Song of the Year with The Ghosts of Mississippi (p Big Bolt Music - BMI) that was featured on three releases in 2006. The song was recorded by Drout on his live acoustic release with Albert Castiglia, The Bittersweet Sessions, as well as Castiglia's own version on his BluesLeaf Records release, A Stone's Throw. Joey Gilmore recorded the song and won the IBC award for Best Blues Performance in 2006 with his version and it was the title track of his current release on Bluzpik Records.”
“The Delta is a strange, wonderful, and mysterious place. The opening of the fine CD, "Protected By Voodoo" by Iko Iko is just as strange, wonderful, and mysterious. 'Millers Woods' has the spirit of the Delta's rich musical legacy wrapping itself around the rhythm and floating through the verses as Graham Wood Drout sings of ghosts, spirits, salvation, and Bible black air. The acoustic twelve string work of guest Patrick DeLeon adds lots of depth to this, one of the finest opening cuts I've heard on a modern CD in a long time! Don't think it's all Blues here, it's not. The diversity of this band keeps you glued to the player trying to figure where they'll take you next. The routes this band travels from the beginning to the end of this disc are amazing.”
“This South Florida institution is the area's best because they are, well, more than just a blues band. The group's founder and lead singer Graham Wood Drout helped pioneer this region's blues scene back in the early '80s with the Fat Chance Blues Band, and his knowledge and understanding of the form is uncontestable. But along the way he has crafted an original body of work incorporating a host of roots influences, not the least of which is the swampy Louisiana groove and imagery evoked by the band's name. The current version of Iko-Iko is the strongest yet, featuring multi-instrumentalists Ron Dizubla and Doug Leibinger on saxes, guitar, and keyboards, and the band's most recent CD, Protected by Voodoo," is as finely tuned a product as any yet-to-go-national band could hope for. Tight, experienced, Iko-Iko satisfies the blues purist while forging its own more unique path.”
“Rock-solid singer/songwriter, Graham Drout, who's imposing presence and offbeat down-and-dirty Blues hooks define Iko-Iko's sound...”
“favorite of AAA, Blues and Alt Country radio, Graham Wood Drout and IKO-IKO has a dedicated following of fans, multiple awards and a performance schedule that rivals some "major tours." As the twice- "featured band of the week" on KPIG in San Francisco and appearances on the National Public Radio productions "Music of the Subtropics" and the original "BlueStage," the band reaches far and wide with fans in many music genres.”