Southern Echoes Leadfoot Rivet
- 1The Bullfrog03:40
- 2Shed My Old Skin03:55
- 3Hangover In Hanover03:44
- 4Highly Educated Fool05:12
- 5He Ain't Heavy (He is My Brother)05:48
- 6Ghost Train04:12
- 7Slow Motion04:24
- 8Livin' With Me Sure Is Funny04:59
- 9He is A Loner04:26
- 10Somewhere South Of Macon04:21
- 11Damned Tourists!04:42
- 12Miss Paranoïa03:50
- 14Why Lie ? Need Beer !02:25
- 15The Game Of Love08:06
Info for Southern Echoes
Outstanding record after astounding record, Leadfoot Rivet is paving his own way to a very unique spot in the blues, soul & roots music domain.
His new offering “Southern Echoes” is a vibrant tribute to the golden age of these styles without being out of date, or a bland copy of his mentors. It’s today’s vision of times and places anchored in this music, kind of “Muscle Shoals and Memphis revisited” by an artist so deeply immersed into southern music whose powerful and moving voice paints colourful pictures in the 15 songs included (mostly his own) that rank him as “a top notch songwriter and a poet as well” (Blues News).
Leadfoot Rivet is always balancing between wry and witty humour and insightful feelings, depicting life’s ups and downs with a forte on southern topics and imagery.
Leadfoot Rivet, lead vocals, mouth harps, resonator rhythm guitar
Anson Funderburgh, lead guitar (on 'Highly educated fool“)
Slim Batteux, organ, piano
Stan Noubard-Pacha, electric guitar
Jean-Paul Avellaneda, acoustic & electric guitars
Stéphane Avellaneda, drums, percussions
Thomas Weirich, bass, guitars, mandolins, slide guitar, sitar, mandocaster
Alex Satger, backing vocals
Nicole Lise, backing vocals
The Clinch brothers, backing vocals
Recorded & mixed by Jean-Paul Avellaneda at EVS Studio, Oraison, France
Mastering by Dumé
Produced by Philippe Langlois
It took a longtime for Leadfoot to become the artist he is today. Others like Rimbaud or Bob Dylan seem to bloom and get their full maturity all of a sudden and either shortly after stop to create or perpetuate the same form for ever.
Certain artists need much more time to reach their full potential feeding themselves with multiple experiences along the way, overcoming mental blocks and traumas to progress and enrich their art form. Leadfoot Rivet is such.
As a singer his powerful and moving voice can paint a full scope of emotions, gaining depth and warmth over the years : a very unique instrument. As a songwriter he now has the power and style he developed from his mentors and masters Randy Newman, Johnny Cash, John Prine, Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Rodney Crowell or Guy Clark amongst a long line of songsters and troubadours.
As a musician, he has made the synthesis of his wide influences blues, folk, soul & country musics, even fado, sòn, milonga and oriental and central asian musics! Even his rather basic playing on harp and guitar define & characterize his own style. And he has the knowledge to get the best out of his sidemen.
That’s what you can hear in his latest offering „Welcome to my mongrel music world.“
Over the years he has collaborated as a songwriter with Larry Garner, Tom Principato, Neal Black, Fred Chapellier, the Mercy Band and french rock icon Bashung.
His records are graced by appearances by Tommy Castro, Roy Rogers, Amos Garrett, Popa Chubby, Tom Principato, John Mooney, Larry Garner, Joanna Connor and he has shared the stage with Sam Myers, Anson Funderburgh, Smokin’Joe Kubek, Duke Robillard, Calvin Russell, Neal Black, Billy Price, Larry Garner, Amos Garrett and many others.
The great Mighty Sam Mc CLAIN says of him: „Voice, lyrics anf feeling, I’m very impressed.“ And Mighty Mo Rodgers „You really FEEL the blues.“ Even the legendary Blind Sam Myers was calling him to the stage to end his own shows!!
From his birth amongst american culture loving froggies and raised by classical singers parents, he has found his way thru the sixties with seminal french bands like the Turnips then the Murators for his first recordings with Fontana and Vogue, the musical HAIR in Belgium, lots of travels around the world in the seventies plus a recording contract with RCA and the production of several albums notably the soul group BAD CHILD.
Then in the 80’s he started the famed rock/blues/country band ROCKIN’CHAIR while he was also a DJ on pionneer free radio RFM, then launching with Philippe Langlois the Dixiefrog & Voodoo labels and touring in the 90’s artists such as Bo Diddley, Wilson Pickett, Donovan, Zachary Richard, Mari Boine, Gatemouth Brown, the Flyin’Burrito brothers, Peter Green, Kevin Ayers, Kevin Coyne, Jimmy Rogers, Junior Wells, Johnny Copeland, Tommy Castro and a bunch of other stars and legends of american music.
All this alongside his own musical career becoming even more active since 1998 with new albums of his own and side projects the Blues Conspiracy (with Neal Black & Nico Wayne Toussaint) and the Drinkhouse Preachers (with Neal Black and Pat Boudot-Lamot) till this milestone new album you’re holding now and …who knows what the next step will be?