Dr Don's Swamp Elixir - New Orleans Rhythm & Blues (NSW)
This show is centred around the singing and piano playing of Don Hopkins, who is well known in the Sydney blues scene and has performed professionally since the early 1970s. Dr Dons Swamp Elixir presents some of the exciting sounds that have emanated from New Orleans and Louisiana. Joined by hot young players, Dr Dons Swamp Elixir will be playing the authentic and rootsy-sounding songs that really were the roots of rock, soul and funk. Highlighting the good-time rhythm and blues styles from the 1940s, 50s & 60s with the focus on the songs of the great Fats Domino, Professor Longhair & Dr John. Gospel, Cajun and country blues styles are also included in the mix.
Don Hopkins - piano, vocals (leader)
Chris Ross - cornet, percussion
Paul Howe - saxophones
Rory Brown - bass
James Pug Waples - drums
Don Hopkins (solo) was a finalist in the Sydney Blues Society 2007 Performer of the Year Competition.
Little Story [Jim Conways Big Wheel] (2003)
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Dr Don's Swamp Elixir featured at the Australian Blues Music Festival in 2004.