Tommy McLain & CC Adcock @8:00pm – $10 cover @7:00pm. No advance tickets. 21+ only.
South Louisiana swamp pop star Tommy McLain is best known for his genius blue-eyed soul treatment of the Patsy Cline classic “Sweet Dreams,” which barreled into the national charts in 1966. Heart-wrenchingly soulful, drenched in echo and featuring an otherworldly vibraphone, “Sweet Dreams” was, like Joe Barry’s “I’m A Fool To Care,” a preferred WHH (Whore House Hit) as label owner Floyd Soileau recalled. “Floyd,” he remembers one of his friends telling him, “You know those ladies know a hit record.”
And they did. Tommy soon found himself touring with internationally popular garage bands like Tommy James and the Shondells and Paul Revere and the Raiders. Recalling a two week tour with the Yardbirds to author Shane Bernard in Bernard’s book Swamp Pop: Cajun And Creole Rhythm and Blues, McLain detailed Jimmy Page playing his feedback-spewing guitar with a violin bow, stating, “I didn’t know what the hell they were doing—I was doing ‘Sweet Dreams.’ I was doing South Louisiana music. Nobody was familiar with what I was doing.”
Louisiana’s Charles “C.C.” Adcock is the musical/cultural equivalent of blackened redfish: a well-to-do white boy rolled in spices, dipped in grease, then fried. His it-ain’t-the-heat-it’s-the-humidity “swamp rock” occupies the space where R.L. Burnside and Doug Kershaw meet at the crossroads and sell their collective soul to Keith Richards.