Watch the Swamp Pop online guitar lesson by Richard Van Bergen from 50 Down Home Blues Licks You MUST Know
This last lick takes us to Louisiana once more. In the 50's and 60's white Cajuns and black Creoles combined their traditional Louisiana music with rhythm & blues and country western. This resulted in a new style: Swamp Pop. It became very popular in Louisiana and Texas. This style is usually played with a band with a horn section and a honky tonk piano. One of swamp pop’s biggest hits was 'Raining in My Heart' by Slim Harpo. He recorded this for Excello in J.D. Miller’s studio in Crowley, Louisiana. This lick is an example of a swamp pop melody played in the style of Guitar Slim. Born in Greenwood, Mississippi as Eddie Jones, Slim moved to New Orleans to become a musician. His repertoire wasn’t limited to blues. He had a big hit with 'The Things That I Used To Do' in 1954 on the Specialty label. Even when he sang the most sentimental tear-jerker, his guitar playing always sounded in-your-face. He was one of the first guitarists to use a distorted sound. Like Johnny Guitar Watson and Clarence Gatemouth Brown he often used a capo. I’m going to show you a typical swamp pop verse in F. The guitar is capoed to the first fret. This enables you to use open strings. The use of tremolo is common in this style.