"Bobby Charles pioneered the musical genre known as ‘swamp rock’ – he
wrote the early rock n roll classic “See You Later, Alligator” (best
known via the version by Bill Haley & the Comets). Another early gem
penned by Bobby Charles was “Walking to New Orleans” as recorded by
Fats Domino. He also appeared at the legendary “Last Waltz” concert in
1976 – in which he performed “Down South in New Orleans” accompanied by
The Band and Dr. John.
But the main reason that musicians like Andy Cabic of Vetiver sing
his praises (and cover his songs) is for Bobby’s 1972 self-titled album
released on Bearsville. Despite numerous CD reissues through the years,
this is the first time in decades that the seminal album has appeared in
its original vinyl LP format.
A virtual who’s who of classic ‘roots’ rock – the album features 10
Bobby Charles classics supported by the likes of Rick Danko, Levon Helm,
Garth Hudson, and Richard Manuel of The Band, long time Neil Young
sidekick Ben Keith, Bob Dylan’s former running mate Bob Neuwirth,
session maverick Amos Garrett, the esteemed Dr. John, Geoff Muldaur and
But this is far from an all-star jam session – this is an ensemble
record in the truest sense of the word – with each musician simply
supporting the Louisiana vibe that flows thru the 10 song collection of
country, blues, R&B, and folk that all have that distinctive Bobby
Charles signature sound. Album also includes the slow burner “Street
People” as featured on Country Funk 1969-1975, Volume 1.
Perhaps Dr. John said it best “I think all of Bobby’s songs have something to offer at all times, for all people.”
Light In The Attic now offers Bobby Charles re-mastered from
the original tapes, packaged in a beautiful gatefold sleeve and waiting
for heads to turn on and tune in ‘round the globe." - LIGHT IN THE ATTIC
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 13 March, 2014.