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Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers 7/25/13 + Video

Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers 7/25/13 basinstreetrecords.com/artists/kermit-ruffins
Written by Kevin Edwards
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  • Date Recorded: July 25, 2013
  • Artist / Band: Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers
  • Hosting Show: Howzit Bayou
  • Sound: Dan Kinney
  • Video: Steven Spencer

Kermit Ruffins grew up in the era of MTV but it didn't stick. Instead he found Louis Armstrong.

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Along with his Barbecue Swingers, Ruffins' music sounds as if it could be heard drifting from a riverboat on muddy water or from a cobblestoned street in the French Quarter. Ruffins plays trumpet like his idol Armstrong, but he also sings in a manner quite like the jazz giant.

Ruffins credits his fascination to the first time he heard the singular sound of Armstrong's trumpet drifting from a jukebox, on the song "When You're Smiling," when he was 19 or 20. From that moment, he was stricken.

New Orleans jazz hit a pinnacle with Louis Armstrong's sound and this set by Ruffins and his slow smoked Swingers follows the style closely for three of the four songs in the set. Only for a cover of "At Last," the Etta James classic does the taste of etouffee leave your mouth for a moment as things slow down for a slow dance number.

As Ruffins says to lead off this rollicking slice of Dixieland, "All aboard!"

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