A compilation of classic Cajun music from Goldband Records - one of the most vital and important documentarians of endemic southern music in the 20th century - Swampland Jewels features recordings by Jo-El Sonnier, Boozoo Chavis, Iry LeJune, Jr., and Cleveland Crochet. With packaging that features the original bikini-clad-girl-riding-a-giant-crawfish album art, the compilation features 12 tracks from the original LP and CD releases, seven newly discovered tracks, and includes liner notes by Weiss on the history of Goldband Records and founder Eddie Shuler.
Given the backwoods surrealism and shifting musical textures of most of his work, Jim White is not a guy who often comes off as playful or joyous, but those are two words that easily describe White's collaboration with the Athens, Georgia roots band the Packway Handle Band, 2014's Take It Like a Man. White and the Packway Handle Band are mutual admirers, and when White stepped in to produce an album for the group, he brought along a set of bluegrass-influenced tunes he'd written. The project turned into a co-starring effort, and the meet-up brings out the best in all parties concerned.