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Sounds Like: Iko-Iko, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley The Musician, Allen Toussaint
Label: Little Silver Records
Manager: The ECI Group
Bio: Back in 1981, Graham Wood Drout had the idea that bringing extremely diverse musicians together would create something new that was greater than the sum of its parts. More than 30 years later, his songs, and his band IKO IKO, show that this formula is extremely effective for his signature sound a...See Full Bio
“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.”