The New Single..."Muddy Water" by Gus Samuelson is now available on iTunes!
I was happy to get Big Gus Samuelson's latest CD, Sinner Man, with some of the coolest (yet subtle) cover art I've ever seen . . . hey I'm not a "blues man" (you all know that), but this CD sure sounds like the REAL BLUES DEAL to me! If you're a blues aficionado, you should give this one a listen. And of course you can listen in to Big Gus on KHYI-FM 95.3 The Range! And no, Gus isn't paying me to say any of this! I just like it.
Hi Gus - Well, I had to send you a message of gratitude. Because I have been sifting through the many CDs that I came back to the UK with. I have just came to your self titled CD "BIG GUS & SWAMPADELIC .........This album is far Too good !! The best thing I have heard in a very long time. As soon as the first tack came on....I was hooked. I DIDN'T WANT IT sounds like a northern soul classic from around 1969 - what a great track - it is such a fine tune - you have to get that track out there and let the masses hear it. It is truly outstanding ! The album is like Funky Fungus...it just grows on you ! Not very often I will listen to an album all the way through and then play it again - but I did with this album, in fact played it through THREE times in a row...Then played the first track again. Like the use of The sax on some tracks - always nice to hear a saxophone. I'M GONNA FIND YOU wouldn't have been out of place in the BLUES BROTHERS movie. COME TO ME NOW is a beautiful ballad, with a great groove. SHE LOVES ME JUST RIGHT is a nice jazzy number with a very nice guitar groove going on - like the sax on this...not too heavy. Perfect mix. DON'T GET ME STARTED - is a great ska type tune, that could have been recorded by a big British band, called MADNESS - and who knows, it may be one day ! TAKE IT FROM ME - is a good tune with a clever play on words - I like it, and I like the horns in this tune,Sax and Trombone (?) I'M GONNA GET TO YOU has a real fifties feel to it - in fact, although it has a real nice groove going on, it could well have been a doo wop number from 1958. Love this track - beautiful sound to it, really nice groove and top guitar playing. A great ballad. Oh Yea !! I'M GONNA GET TO YOU could have been a track written for THE TEMPTATIONS - in fact I could see them performing this on stage - although it's not Motown as such. it does kind of lend itself to that style of performing...in my opinion, very funky. IF YOU'RE GONNA LOVE ME - is another ska influenced kind of funky ballad, love the words to this track. I also love the inro to this tune - one of my favourites. It could have been a hit back in '68. - I haven't heard horns to this effect in many a year. This should be released as a single in my opinion. ALL USED UP - is a great up tempo fun number, in a kind of swing jive style. A good way to end this amazing album. I can see people dancing away to this number - made for fun. made for dancing !
This really is a fantastic album, and I can't believe it was made in Texas - sounds like new Orleans or Detroit ! So many classic sounding songs - all originals. I am sure that given time and the right kind of distribution, this album may well have some songs on it that will become hits for other artists. If not - it's up to BIG GUS & SWAMPADELIC to get it out there to The World with the sound that is....THE SWAMPADELIC SWAMP STOMP ! Get this album - it'll make ya smile ;-) MELVIS BROOKS (UK)
For years now, "Big Gus" Samuelson has been as busy a musician as can be found in North Texas. Whether he's playing with his longtime band Swampadelic or flying solo, Samuelson, who also works as a DJ on KHYI 95.3 FM (we even gave him an award for it!), currently has at least three residencies in progress: On Monday night, Swampadelic play at The Free Man in Deep Ellum, which is a fine fit for their Cajun-inflected country rock. On certain Wednesday nights, Hard Rock Cafe in downtown is where the group can be heard. Thursday nights are when Samuelson flies solo and gets to mix it up a bit at Espiritu, a cozy wine bar in Frisco, where he usually has a fellow songwriter join him for some singin' and sippin'. But keeping busy with a busy band isn't enough for the native of Louisiana who once served as Merle Haggard's tour manager in the early 1980's. Last year, Samuelson released American Soul, a rich, rustic solo album that couldn't ooze more soul if it tried. And as of a couple of weeks ago, a new project has been added to his bag of musical tricks. Sinner Man, a trio led by Samuelson, also features Bobby Chitwood on bass and Thad Moore on drums. The trio debuted at the All Good Café on January 9, and a record, tentatively titled Big Snake (he jokes that he might add "Or Love Songs for Serpent Healers" to the working title), has already been written, with demos for a few songs also having been completed (including one you can hear below for "Dear God," featuring only Samuelson singing and playing electric guitar). The name of the new project and the album certainly allude to spirituality, which Samuelson addressed to a point on American Soul. But for this project, spiritual themes are purposefully going to be in the thick of what Sinner Man does. The band's name, for example, is taken from the Del McCoury song, "Get Down on Your Knees and Pray." "The album will be 12 songs that are deeply personal," Samuelson explains. "Each song is inspired by true Southern roots music. Even though this isn't a bluegrass or Delta blues set of songs, it was inspired by artists like Del McCoury and Fred McDowell. All of these songs will have a recurring faith-based theme." As busy as he is, Samuelson admits that Sinner Man is indeed a side project, but insists that it's a "serious side project," as Swampadelic isn't halting its always hectic schedule. In fact, the song he shares with us, "Dear God," at least at this point, is a beautifully sparse number where Samuelson's low vocal really hits the right note as he really feels like a man desperate for help from a higher power -- something another person can't offer. For now, Samuelson will keep things pretty nice and tidy. Swampadelic shows will feature Swampadelic songs only; no Sinner Man material. But his Thursday night gigs in Frisco will now feature a great deal of Sinner Man material mixed in with his solo material. To add intrigue as to what to expect from Sinner Man sonically, Samuelson offers up a few hints that only serve to create more intrigue. "No solos, no love songs," he teases. "But the ballads are where this band actually rocks."
Big Gus and Swampadelic will be performing at The 2015 Deep Ellum Arts Festival....first weekend in April
Big Gus and Swampadelic will be performing June 5 & 6 Friday and Saturday at The 2015 T-Bone Walker Blues Festival in Longview...
"Sinner Man" ....Gus, Bobby, Thad...the debut will be at The All Good Café Friday the 9th....Ryan Michael and The Roomsounds will open with an acoustic set....8-10....No Cover
...For those of you that follow my songwriters series @ Espiritu Fine Wine, Ale, & Spirits in Frisco Square...Im very pleased to announce my schedule will be every other Thursday from here on out....scheduling made easy for everyone to keep up...
Very Happy to announce Big Gus and Swampadelic....will officially be the "House Band" every Wednesday at The Hard Rock Cafe Dallas...starting Oct. 1...Party will start @ 7:30...Class Act all the way round...let's make some plans to be there, what'd think?.....www.hardrock.com
The "Bayou Store" is fully operational now @ www.biggusandswampadelic.com "New Shirts are in"...