Trying to find artists at Bear Creek Music Festival — in all of its electrified and funky glory — who are able to go unplugged while staying true to their style is like trying to find a Waffle House west of the Mississippi. In other words, it is quite difficult. This said, no matter the location, we could not have found a better outfit than Louisiana based Honey Island Swamp Band to participate in our relatively new but completely awesomeÂ Live, Backstage & Unplugged series.
Born from displacement at the hands of Hurricane Katrina, the HISB ensemble quickly rose to acclaim in San Francisco with their self-described Bayou-Americana genre, a sound that is perhaps best described by the band’s moniker itself.
Located in Louisiana’s St. Tammany Parish, the Honey Island Swamp is one of the least altered river swamps in the United States. It is murky, muddy and home to many an indigenous creature. It is nature in its natural state, and Honey Island Swamp Band’s music is delivered in the same fashion, where the beauty is most evident due to its unrefined and unaltered raw glory.
Rather than go on and on about the band and their sound, we will let you be the judge. So sit back, relax, listen, watch and enjoy as Honest Tune — in association with Bear Creek Music Festival and Technaflora Plant Products — presents Honey Island Swamp Band’s Chris Mule’ & Aaron Wilkinson performing “Sophisticated Mama”: Live, Backstage & Unplugged.
Honey Island Swamp Band: Live, Backstage & Unplugged @ Bear Creek
Previous Live, Backstage & Unplugged segments:
Acoustic Syndicate, Brett Dennen, Brock Butler (Perpetual Groove), Emmitt-Nershi Band,
Gary Clark Jr., Jim Lauderdale, moe., The New Familiars, Railroad Earth, Sam Bush, Sarah Siskind, Toubab Krewe, The Wood Brothers,
Yonder Mountain String Band, Zach Deputy