I’ll admit that today’s post is kind of a “I did it, there it is” type of post. But doing daily posting isn’t quite as easy as it might be luck, even when you program it for success like I have. My work schedule has been incompatible with my blogging, and since blogging never has and never will pay the bills, the job takes precedence. But I do have this little song that is very far off the beaten path for me to offer up tonight.
I discovered “Chatterbox” by Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys because I was intrigued by the album cover which shows a oil drenched bird of some sort. It all makes sense when you find out that Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys are a Cajun/Louisiana Creole band from southern Louisiana. Recorded in 2011 in the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill that dumped 5 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexicao, the cover art is not surprising. I was also curious what a song called “Chatterbox” could possibly sound like. It was either Spotify or eMusic that recommended it (proving that I really can’t live without either) and I’m glad they did.
“Chatterbox” is actually about a club or bar and not a chatterbox of the more conventional type. It is also a rare English language track – pretty much all the rest of the songs on Grand Isle are in Cajun French. Still, I have a hard time understanding the lyrics to “Chatterbox” despite the fact that they are in English. I’ve listened to the rest of the album on Spotify and I like it enough. I just haven’t been moved to purchase it yet. But I love the hell out of “Chatterbox.” I really wish it had been released this year because my year-end CD seems woefully incomplete without it.
I couldn’t really find any good YouTube videos of the song, but here’s a live performance of it that will suffice.
If you’re Spotify-enabled, you should see it embedded below.
For thinking I wasn’t going to be a chatterbox tonight, I wrote more than I thought. And if you like this song, toss them your 99 cents. They’re an independent band that self-release everything they do.