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INTERVIEW: Brad Absher and Swamp Royale

Your music spans many genres – how do you classify your music?

Our music is ‘Gulf Coast Soul’ – a ‘gumbo’ of blues, gospel, soul, Americana, Southern folk, and jazz.

Who are some of your top musical influences?  

There are many but the top that come to mind are Lowell George, BB, Freddie, and Albert King.

Tell us about Lucky Dog and what inspired the songs? 

Lucky Dog is a collection of songs from a guy (me!) that has been around the block a few times and seen many ups and down… it’s inspired by my daughter and so many friends I have lost in the last few years, along with some great memories as well. And of course, my wonderful wife inspired some of the songs!

What is the best lesson you’ve learned so far about the music business?

The business has changed a lot since I first started playing before the digital era. I’d rather focus on playing a good show than worrying about my social media numbers. So the best lesson for me is to stay true to myself and our style of music. That’s what counts for us at the end of the day.

What is the best concert you have been to?

Elvis was pretty darn good – in 1975 with my parents, the same week I saw ZZ Top… at the Lake Charles Civic Center… both were pivotal moments in my musical education.

What do you like most about playing live? 

I really just love connecting with people. That’s why I’m in a band… to make people happy, which ultimately makes me feel good.

How have you and Swamp Royale evolved as a band in recent years?

Many musicians would likely agree that the more shows you do the more you figure out who you are. We’ve naturally found our groove together as a band over the years.

If you could meet, play a gig, co-write a song, have dinner, get drunk with any band or artist (dead or alive), who would it be?  

Lowell George – I would love to hang out with him!

What do you want fans to take away from your music?

Be happy – be joyful and forget about the stress and sad parts of their life, at least for a bit.

What is next for Brad Absher and Swamp Royale?  

We’ll be working on a new record very soon. We’d love to continue what we tried to do with Lucky Dog and make the best records we can, and staying true to our sound.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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