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THE NASHVILLE BLUES SOCIETY REVIEW OF BULLETS IN THE BONFIRE

IKO IKO

BULLETS IN THE BONFIRE, VOL. 1

THE SONGS OF GRAHAM WOOD DROUT

LITTLE SILVER RECORDS

PARTY CAR–(I NEVER HAD AN) AMERICAN DREAM–CELEBRATION–DON’T MESS WITH THE VOODOO (LIVE)–MILLER’S WOODS–LATE HOURS (INST)–PET DE KAT–SNOWSTORM IN THE JUNGLE–TOO HIGH TO DRIVE–JALAPENO BE THY NAME–WALK WITH THE ZOMBIE–RIDING ON THE RIMS–MOTHERLESS CHILDREN (LIVE)–GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI (WITH ALBERT CASTIGLIA)–THE DAY THE OLD MAN DIED (WITH ALBERT CASTIGLIA)

Iko Iko, led by Graham Wood Drout, are truly a Florida legend. They held court at the Miami blues venue “Tobacco Road” for thirty years, and, when Jimmy Buffett needed a band for his musical, Don’t Stop The Carnival,” these guys were his choice. They began their recording career back in 1988 on the King Snake label with “Snowstorm In The Jungle,” and their current CD, “Bullets In The Bonfire, Vol. 1,” is a career retrospective that covers their works for King Snake and Little Silver Records.

Early on in their career, Graham’s songs had a bit of a harder edge, as evidenced by the aforementioned “Snowstorm In The Jungle,” but the seeds were sown for the “urban swamp music” that would come to define the music of this highly-eclectic band. As the band grew in popularity, Graham began to write material that encouraged folks to get up and dance, and there are plenty of those in this collection. Songs such as “Pet De Kat,” “Party Car,’ and a cool coming-of-age song about shooting bottle rockets and smoking marijuana down on the Gulf Coast, “I Never Had An American Dream,” are guaranteed to get you in the mood for Mardi Gras.

“Miller’s Woods,” and “Walk With The Zombie” explore Graham’s penchant for songs that deal with the hoodoo and voodoo of that part of the country, the latter featuring an excellent solo from guitar man Larry Williams. Graham also does a deep-blues version of “Motherless Children,” with his vocal set over a sparse arrangement, also adding to its swampy, eerie feel.

We had several favorites, too. “Jalapeno Be Thy Name” is a spicy splash of zydeco that pays tribute to everybody’s favorite pepper! And, Bob Hemphill’ss harp and Nick Kane’s guitar lead the way on a brilliant ode to the classic instrumentals of Little Walter, “Late Hours.”

Graham has had a long and successful collaboration with fellow Florida bluesman Albert Castiglia, who appears on two cuts. “The Ghosts Of Mississippi meet the gods of Africa, down where the Southern cross the ‘Dog” in this fine acoustic history lesson. And Graham joins the whole band behind Albert to close out the party with “The Day The Old Man Died.”

Graham Wood Drout writes songs that not only will put you in a “party car” mood, but they also capture the feel of life down along the Gulf, and how that gumbo of blues, swamp, soul and rock and roll makes everyone who’s a fan enjoy the whole experience at a more relaxed pace. “Bullets In The Bonfire, Vol. 1,” is a great introduction to this classic songwriter! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

THE FIRST REVIEW IS IN!

Chris Spector
Midwest Record
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Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
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LITTLE SILVER
GRAHAM WOOD DROUT’S IKO IKO/Bullets in the Bonfire Vol. 1: For those of you that never made it farther south than the casinos in Valdosta, Graham Drout is the south Florida version of Duke Robillard. The mainstay of the blues scene down there for over 30 years, he’s the proverbial big fish in the small pond–but he’s never let that get in the way of making others look good, particularly when they’ve taken his songs to greater blues glories. Even though he’s played in everyone’s sandbox, it’s easy to call him a blues pro even though he’s been around enough to call what he does gulf coast Americana fusing all you would expect and more. Well done.

IKO-IKO and Tobacco Road; A Love Story

It was the beginning of the 1980’s. Miami, Florida was literally on fire. It was a very exciting time. Beautiful people every where. Rock stars, film crews, Mariel Refugees, Cocaine Cowboys, Hippies, DEA agents, smugglers, dealers,drifters,actors,artists, musicians, bikers, bankers, doctors and lawyers. Miami Vice was a big hit on TV and Miami Disco was rocking the radio. With all this going on who could imagine that the hottest spot in town would be an old Miami River Bar with a five AM closing time and house band that kicked out nothing but the Blues. Crouching in the shadows of a rather sketchy , beat up and kind of scarey neighborhood, Tobacco Road became the epicenter, the common denominator, the place where it all came together and Graham Wood Drout’s IKO-IKO was there rocking that amazing house almost every week end all through the Me Decade into the nineteen ninety’s.

IKO-IKO’s sound developed out of this very unique environment. A world audience open to originality and American music. Roots and Blues music mixed with island grooves,Latin percussion and Voodoo drums. The music of New Orleans is a big influence on the band : Gulf Coast Americana. Tobacco Road began bringing touring Blues Bands to Miami and IKO-IKO was there trading sets on two stages, all night long, forty five on- forty five off, with just about every major and minor Blues, Zydeco, and Roots band in America. Albert King, Albert Collins, Koko Taylor, Sun Ra, David Bromberg, John Hammond, an eleven year old Derick Trucks, Diamond Teeth Mary McClain, The Nighthawks, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Dr. John, John Lee Hooker, the list goes on and on. Other musicians visiting Miami would often end up at Tobacco Road in the early hours of the morning jamming with the bands. If you were up late enough you might have seen David Lee Roth, John Jorgenson, David Bromberg, Steve Stills, Robert Cray, Pinetop Perkins or Jim Belushi
(just to name drop a few) joining the band on stage.