1.Voodoo Walking
2.Gettin’ high
3.London Zydeco
4.Trouble ain’t so never far away

5.Quel Espoir ?
6.the Cat never Sleeps
7.Louisiana Sun
8.Killing two birds with one stone

9.Citi two-step
10.Swamp water
11.Princesse Havana
12.Paint the town red



album title: "louisiana sun

LP: VR1265  

ean-code: 7640111769859

CD: VRCD65  

EAN-CODE: 7640111769781

It was a Long Term Musically relationship that drove those 2 Bands into London’s Fantastic Gezard Studios at the end of 2010 to record that Album for Voodoo Rhythm records , MAMA ROSIN Legendary Wild Cajun Combat Outfit from Geneva Switzerland are touring a lot the Same goes with Hipbone Slim and his Kneetrembelrs from London England , they first met on stage at a Voodoo Rhythm Jam in France at a Blues festival, so they desighted to melt both music styles together into one sound and that record was born, you will have a full blast of Mama Rosin’s Raw Authentic Cajun sound together with Hipbone Slim’s Raw Blues Garage Rockabilly, both Drummers switched in each song in the Hipbone slim songs you got the mama rosin flair and in mama’s songs the hipbone slim Beat … a unbeatable Combination of both bands makes this record to a unique item that worth taking a listen, all the 12 Songs are self compositions except LOUISIANA SUN who’s a adaption from the RIVIERAS smash surf hit California Sun and 2nd CHARLES SHEFFIELD ‚S Voodoo Working in new New Jacket cales now: Voodoo Walking and has a spooky swamp groove comes along with it

Es war eine Langjährige Liebe zur ihren Wurzel orientierter musik ( Cajun & Blues) die diese 2 Bands ende 2010 in London’s Gezard Studios getrieben hatte um dieses wundervolle Album für Voodoo Rhythm records aufzunemen, MAMA ROSIN  legendäre Genfer Cajun Heroes sind ständig auf Achse sowie HIBBONE SLIM  und seine kneetremblers aus London, England, so haben sie sich an einer Voodoo Rhythm Jam session and einem Französischen Blues Festival zum ersten mal auf der Bühne getroffen daraus ist eine Freunschaft einstanden und das kind nennt sich jetzt ‚ LOUISIANA SUN’ eine Adaption vom Rivieras Surf Klassiker California Sun
Im Studio haben sich die 2 Musik style derart gut vermischt das es eine wahre Freude ist dieses Produkt ihnen nun darzubieten.. wild out of control Cajun meets raw Blues Garage Beat !!! der accordion cajun flair gepaart mit Rockabilly Beat !! eine unschlagbare Vermischung...
Auf der Platte sind alles eigen kompsitionen ausser das oben erwähnte Louisiana Sun und CHARLES SHEFFIELD ‚Smasher Voodoo Working.. hier in der Version Voodoo Walking...









For their second album release this year, the Swiss Cajun and Zydeco enthusiasts, Mama Rosin, team up with London rockabilly veterans Hipbone Slim and the Knee Tremblers for a cheerful European treatment of classic Americana styles. Mama Rosin have always treated the dance music of the southern states with a rough- and-ready punk approach, mixing rock influences with styles that have their origins in the era of French colonialism and slavery in Louisiana. The Hipbone Slim trio have much the same garage-band attitude, and the two bands fuse easily together here, with Hipbone's drummer Bruce Brand joining Mama Rosin on their songs, and Mama Rosin's percussionist Xavier Bray doing the same when Hipbone take the lead. The result is a set that constantly switches styles, from the clanking swamp blues of the opening Voodoo Walking to the driving if more predictable rockabilly of The Cat Never Sleeps, the country weepie Trouble Ain't So Never Far Away and the stomping title track, influenced by the old Rivieras surf-rock hit, California Sun, but now with French lyrics and driven on by banjo and accordion. I suspect they'll sound even better live.




Twäääääääännng – und schon weiß man, wohin die Reise geht: In den Süden der USA, ins feucht-warme Klima der Sumpfgebiete, das eine Musikrichtung getauft, wenn nicht gar hervorgebracht hat: Swamp (Rock). Da stehen nun MAMA ROSIN, diese aus drei Schweizern bestehende Cajun-Sumpfdotterblume, auf der Terasse einer einfachen Blockhütte mitten in den Mangrovenwäldern des Bayou am Barbecuegrill. Vorne schaukelt träge ein Boot im Wasser, die Luft ist so dick, dass man sie schneiden könnte, weshalb HIPBONE SLIM (im echten Leben drei Londoner Rockabillies) schonmal das Messer wetzt. Was MAMA ROSIN und HIPBONE SLIM anrichten ist ein mit großer Sachkenntnis zusammengebrauter Eintopf, in dem die Musik köchelt, die Horst Krause alias Schultze (gets the Blues) so glücklich gemacht hat. Und die so riecht, als wäre Elvis nie auf Scotty und Bill getroffen, sondern stattdessen nach Louisiana gezogen, um dort mit der fiesen Tochter französischstämmiger Auswanderer anzubändeln. Anstatt sie Jahre später im Tony-Joe-White-Cover „Polk Salad Annie“ nur zu besingen. Sprich: klingt wie Musik, die es vor gut 50 Jahren hätte geben können, aber wahrscheinlich nicht gab. Seltsam fröhlich, aber auch irgendwie geisterhaft. Die vielleicht beste Vorstellung vom Hörerlebnis (!) gibt wohl eine kleine Übersicht über die verwendeten Instrumente: Akustische und elekrische Gitarren, Bass (Kontra-, vermutlich), Drums und Percussion, Melodeon (eine Art Akkordeon), Violine und Piano. Besonders.






In knapp über einer halben Stunde Spielzeit bringen Mama Rosin mit Unterstützung von „Hipbone Slim & The Kneetremblers“ ein 12 Songs umfassendes Werk an den Start. Die Zusammenarbeit der beiden Formationen hat sich zu einem Mix aus Blues & Cajun und einigen Rockabilly Einschlägen hochgeschaukelt, wobei der Sound klar nach Jam Session klingt. Die Spielfreude obsiegt und zeigt, dass hier zwei Bands nicht nur zusammen, sondern miteinander Musik machen.
Nach einem ruhigeren Einstieg kommt dann bei „London Zydeko“ richtig Schwung in die Hütte und animiert klar dazu die Füße nicht mehr still zu halten. Diese Aufforderung setzt sich an weiteren Stellen fort, wobei sowohl zu Balladen in enger Umarmung geschwoft werden kann, als auch bei fetzigem Sound einfach so der Körper in Bewegung kommt.
Ein Album, das Spaß macht, da die Spielfreude im Vordergrund steht und diese Stimmung auch aus den Boxen kommt.




If one were to peruse the many artists on Voodoo Rhythm Records' roster at length, one would undoubtedly be able to come up with more than one likely pair to write and release a collaborative album. On the other side of that coin, one would also be able to pick out a few unlikely pair-ups. And it is from one of those unlikely ones that one of the new Voodoo Rhythm albums was born: the wild Cajun folk-punk and homespun Zydeco of Geneva's Mama Rosin together with the garage blues and rockabilly sound of London's Hipbone Slim & the Knee Tremblers.
This mixed progeny of both bands, aptly titled Louisiana Sun, is unquestionably a landmark release not only for the artists themselves but also Voodoo Rhythm Records. It's not every day that such a collaboration takes place, after all.
As stories go, the union of Mama Rosin and Hipbone Slim rather makes a lot of sense. Both are hard-working trios and tour a great deal, and during their respective tours the bands eventually met at a blues festival in France where they were scheduled to perform their individual sets. Afterwards, it is said the bands, highly impressed with each other's music, got together and discussed a possible collaborative endeavor. In late 2010 they came together, finally, at London's Gezard Studios where they recorded the twelve songs that now grace the shiny silver underside of so many discs and the circular grooves of so many records.
Louisiana Sun's songs are agglomerated compositions of old Cajun roots, folk-punk, rockabilly, ska-esque Zydeco, surf rock, Caribbean beat, street blues ragtime, calypso, Deep Sound Americana, gypsy-core, and the like. Truly, once the sounds of each outfit are fused together into a single musical body, it works surprisingly well. So much so, I imagine, that when I listen to their individual albums again after this I will be convinced that something is missing. Of course, being that I am a long time fan of both bands, particularly The Kneeanderthal Sounds of... Hipbone Slim & the Knee Tremblers and Mama Rosin's Brule Lentement, it was easy to like Louisiana Sun release.   

Mama Rosin is Cyril "Jeter" Yeterian (melodeon, violon and vocals), Robin A. Girod (guitar, banjo and vocals), and Xavier Bray (drums, percussion, backing vocals). And Hipbone Slim & the Knee Tremblers are Hipbone Slim a.k.a. Sir Bald Diddley (guitar and lead vocals), Bruce "Bash" Brand (drums, percussion, and piano), and Gez Gerrard (bass and backing vocals).
Personally, I would very much like to attend a show where both bands were on stage doing their collaborative songs. They don't only combine their unique signature sounds, they also combine the other things that make them unique and interesting as individuals. Big, wavy, frizzed-out hair...a square-bodied electric guitar...a bald head which owns an assortment of strange hats...tropical shirts...weird shades...and so on. As I have already said, the two bands couldn't seem more different from one another. And yet, somehow their collaborative efforts have proved more than a little successful. I mean, the bands even divied-up the songs to have some sung in English and others in Creole style French. Even though I don't understand all of the latter songs, I can still appreciate them musically; and I appreciate every ingredient, every nuance of the former, musical and lyrical.      
This collaborative release is available in both CD and vinyl formats. While the former is convenient and of cool design and smart function as a double-gatefold sleeve with booklet deal, the latter is a neat long-player in red and black sleeve with printed insert and is decidedly the way to go...if you are a record nerd like me and collect vinyl, that is. And besides, I adamantly maintain that most music sounds considerably better on vinyl.
If this type of project intrigues you, you can order a copy of the album directly from the Voodoo Rhythm website, from select distros and record stores, or from the bands themselves at their shows. Enjoy!




Het geheel is meer dan de som van de delen. Of tenminste dat zou het moeten zijn want in het geval van de samenwerking tussen Mama Roisin en Hipbone Slim & The Kneetremblers kunnen we in alle eerlijkheid niet echt van een geslaagd huwelijk spreken.

“Louisiana Sun” is het resultaat van de synergie tussen de Zwitserse Cajun en Zydeco groep Mama Rosin en de rockabilly vetkuiven van de Londonse Hipbone Slim & The Kneetremblers. Beiden zitten bij het uitstekende Voodoo Rhythm Records onder dak, een platenhuis dat we een warm hart toedragen al was het maar om het rauwe, primitieve karakter van veel van hun releases. En misschien wringt daar nou net het schoentje wel. De rauwe punk benadering van de cajunmuziek in combinatie met de garage-rockabilly leidt niet echt tot een spetterend muzikaal vuurwerk. Het is een voortdurend op- en afdeinen van verschillende stijlen. Mossel noch vis zijn we geneigd te zeggen na afloop. En ook bij een tweede – en derde beluistering blijven we gevoelloos achter. Voor de fans van beide groepen apart valt er best wat leuks te ontdekken. “Princess Havana” is Mama Roisin op hun best. “Trouble Ain’t So Never Far Away” is voer voor de vetkuiven. Maar de bands vinden niet echt mekaar.

Het lijkt mij eerder een plezante prettige jamsessie na een gezamenlijk optreden waarbij het wederzijds succes met de nodige vloeistoffen werd beklonken. Of hier nu een plaat had moeten van komen is een andere kwestie. De bands blijven teveel met hun eigenheid worstelen, daar is op zich niets mis mee, ze hebben beiden hun verdienste maar waarom dan gezamenlijk een album opnemen? De respectievelijke nummers hadden best op een eigen cd kunnen terecht komen. Enkel op “Killing Two Birds With One Stone” kan je horen tot wat de synergie had kunnen leiden: een caribische bluessong.

Moesten ze ooit onze mening vragen zouden wij hen eerder in de richting van “Swamp Water” duwen, de meest geslaagde song op deze release, een wat duistere rock ‘n’ roll zoals ene Chuck Berry die wel eens placht te schrijven. Maar uiteraard is dit te weinig om van een geslaagd huwelijk te kunnen spreken.






The story goes like this: Mama Rosin and HipboneSlim and the Kneetremblers met in France while performing at a blues festival’s Voodoo Rhythm jam stage.  You can’t really say the rest is history because there was no history until this release, Louisiana Sun, came out.  Mama Rosin together with Hipbone Slim and the Kneetremblers.  If you are familiar with the two bands, your reaction was probably a lot like mine.  “What?”

Mama Rosin is Cajun from Switzerland.  Hipbone is rockabilly from London.  Both bands are terrific in their own right, but when you first think of their sound combined … well, it’s not exactly peanut butter and chocolate.  Then you hear “Voodoo Walking” and think, “Okay, this is going to work.”
The two bands complement each other so well that it sounds like a brand new musical entity, though you can hear elements of the bands in each song.  If you are familiar with the bands, you can’t help but be a little mystified by it all.  If you never heard either band before, you’d be hard-pressed to figure out where one band begins and the other ends.  It sounds like one cohesive unit of musicians who have been playing together for years. 

There are a dozen songs to choose from here.  Not a single one is over three-and-a-half minutes long.  Not a single one is a disappointment, unless you don’t like this type of music.  I’m a fan of Cajun and rockabilly done Voodoo-style, however.  Foreigners once again prove they can do our music better than ourselves.  They still believe there’s magic in it, something that was beat out of our musicians in the ‘80s.  And for you surf fanatics, the title track is a take on “California Sun.”  You know the song.  It’s been in about 800 commercials.  It sounds better here.












VR1265/ VRCD65

Release Date: 08.04.2011
Voodoo Rhythm Records



Cyril ‘Jeter’ Yeterian : Melodeon, vocals, violon
Robin A. Girod : Guitare, vocals, banjo
Xavier Bray : drum and percusison, backing vocals


Hipbone Slim aka Sir Bald Diddley - Guitar , Vocals
Bruce 'Bash' Brand - Drums , Percussion ,Piano
Gez Gerrard - Bass , Backing Vocals


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