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SUFFERIN' SUCCOTASH

Sufferin' Succotash offers a rich flavorful gumbo of old-time country breakdowns and heart songs; down-home blues, rags and hokum favorites; and Louisiana Cajun and Black Creole "Bal d'Maison" dance tunes. 

Our repertoire comes mostly from scratchy 78 rpm records from the 1920s and '30s-- "The Golden Age of American Vernacular Music"-- as well as field recordings of folk tradition-bearers. Our sources range from such old-time country performers as Charlie Poole & The North Carolina Ramblers and Gid Tanner & The Skillet Lickers to blues string and jug bands like The Mississippi Sheiks and Gus Cannon & His Jug Stompersfrom early Louisiana French recording artists such as Black Creole accordionist Amedé Ardoin and the Cajun fiddle and accordion duo of Leo Soileau & Mayuse Lafleur to rural tradition-bearers like Appalachian fiddler/ banjoist Tommy Jarrell and African-American fiddler Butch Cage.

True to the spirit and tradition of our sources, we perform these musical gems of a bygone era with all the fiery vitality of a sweaty Saturday night house party on the fiddle, harmonica, button accordion, guitar, banjo, mandolin, and other traditional acoustic instruments. As a modern-day band in the Big Apple, Sufferin' Succotash's unique renditions of these classic music forms feature hot, tasty licks with a rockin' "downtown" backbeat, like the pulsating rhythm of the subways rumbling beneath the City's streets.

 

THE BAND

 To hear a sampling of our music, please visit: www.myspace.com/ssuccotash

 

For bookings and more info, please contact:

Shlomo Pestcoe

info@sufferinsuccotash.org

(718) 875-8847

 

Illustration Credit:

Sufferin' Succotash at the 2nd Annual Brooklyn Country Music Festival (note the infamous BCMF big white "tip basket" in the foreground). Freddy's Bar & Backroom, Brooklyn, NY, 2005 (Photo by Michael Fagan)

 

 

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