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Country - Released March 6, 2020 | Joyful Noise Recordings

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Released in 2018 and created alongside Poliça’s Ryan Olson and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon, Love, Loss and Auto-Tune reminded us that Jerry Williams aka Swamp Dogg remains one of the most inspired and underestimated soul brothers of the planet, at 76 years old. With unshakeable lyrics and a chaotic discography, the Southern legend has always had this excessive cult personality, worshipped by fans of groove but not well-known to the masses… Two years later and Olson is still on production, and Vernon features on Sleeping Without You Is a Dragg, the opener for Sorry You Couldn’t Make It which also sees Jenny Lewis and Sam Amidon feature. Who else could bring together such an eclectic mix of guests? A mix which is further enriched by the addition of country songwriter John Prine on two songs, whose anti-Vietnam anthem Sam Stone he covered last century… Less wacky than its predecessor, this album highlights the soulman’s voice as much as his songwriting, but is perhaps less explosive than the genre is accustomed to. Like a few other Southern artists, Swamp Dogg injects his soul music with elements of country; Prine’s presence does amplify this effect but the instrumentation (a violin here, a steel pedal guitar there) also plays its part. In 1971, Swamp Dogg had already had his brush with country music with Don’t Take Her (She’s All I Got), written for Freddie North and which shot to the top of the charts a year later with Johnny Paycheck’s version. This song also features at the heart of this 2020 collection, one of the most personal tracks to the songwriter. Is this more Jerry Williams than Swamp Dogg? His reflections on aging and his stories of heartbreak certainly tinge the album with a certain original intensity. At the dawn of his eighth decade, this soulman is more sincere than ever before. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Soul - Released September 7, 2018 | Joyful Noise Recordings

An old, bald black man, wearing a plain gold satin gown, the same colour as his glasses frames, sits on the edge of an empty swimming pool whose bottom is carpeted with dead leaves. Mug in hand, geta on his dangling feet, he is drinking coffee with the steely air of one who intends to top the first soul to visit him... This excellent cover for Love, Loss and Auto-Tune is a reminder that Jerry Williams Jr. alias Swamp Dogg is still, at 76 years old, one of the hottest musicians around. Wild riffs, untameable lines, a chaotic discography, the Southerner has always been an excessive, cult artist, worshipped by the fans of obscure grooves, and little known to the masses. Now, the Virginian oddity has teamed up with Ryan Olson of Poliça (on production) and Justin Vernon from Bon Iver, who recommended that he sing through a vocoder. Not a classic Auto Tune, but a Messina, a toy invented by Chris Messina, a friend of Vernon, who put it to use in 2016 on his album 22, A Million. Weird from end to end, the result is an inscrutable free radical, just like its author. Love, Loss and Auto-Tune has romantic melodramas of pure soul, mini-symphonies of electronic rhythm'n'blues, G-funk sequences and interludes that defy classification. Behind this mountain of coded eccentricities, this latest Swamp Dogg album has avoided falling into the trap of being nothing more than a plaything for hipsters: its success is that it is a great contemporary soul record which will shake the genre. Even as he covers an old saw like Answer, My Love, Swamp Dogg is bringing the dynamite and blasting away convention! The opposite of the respectable taxidermist's approach of Lee Fields, Charles Bradley or Sharon Jones... And what a sleeve! © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Country - Released February 14, 2020 | Joyful Noise Recordings

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Country - Released December 13, 2019 | Joyful Noise Recordings

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Soul - Released December 9, 2013 | Essential Media Group

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 16, 2013 | Alive Naturalsound

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R&B - Released December 1, 2016 | Fat Possum

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Electronic/Dance - Released September 27, 2019 | Atomic Art - EMG

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 16, 2013 | Alive Naturalsound

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Country - Released March 2, 2020 | Joyful Noise Recordings

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Christmas Music - Released December 5, 2013 | Essential Media Group

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Soul - Released December 5, 2013 | Essential Media Group

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Soul - Released April 4, 2008 | S.D.E.G. Records

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 23, 2019 | Joyful Noise Recordings

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Soul - Released August 14, 2018 | Joyful Noise Recordings

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Soul - Released December 5, 2013 | Essential Media Group

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Soul - Released December 11, 2013 | Essential Media Group

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Soul - Released December 12, 2013 | Essential Media Group

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Soul - Released December 13, 2013 | Essential Media Group