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CD Review: C.C. Adcock – Lafayette Marquis

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C.C. Adcock is an interesting guy. With songs like “Stealin’ All Day”, “Slangshotz N’ Boom-R-Angz”, among others on his Lafayette Marquis CD, it’s easy to find yourself lost in the music and hoping to find a clue, any clue, as to what makes this guy tick.

I think I figured it out. Of course, I’m probably just weird enough to get it. He’s eclectic and willing to go out on a limb with his music.

Adcock is definitely one of the more original blues rockers around. With his Louisiana roots infused with some funky yet pleasant vocals, his impressive ability to combine darker themes and tasty musical compositions, it’s a safe bet that his fan base has consistently grown over the years, and will continue to do so in the future.

C.C.’s background is fairly remarkable for a man in his thirties. At age 14, he was gigging around Louisiana with a Cajun version of New Kids on the Block/Menudo called Boogie Chillun. Then there was time spent as a DJ for high school dances. After a night of 80’s new wave fluff, Adcock would head down to a zydeco club or one of the bigger dancehalls where he’d catch John Lee Hooker or Stevie Ray Vaughan playing. Not content to sit around waiting for his future to catch up with his ambitions, he headed to Los Angeles. Since that time, he’s toured with Bo Diddley and Buckwheat Zydeco. The latter’s influence is apparent on “Runaway Life” and “I L♣ve You” (one of my favorites.) He’s also played with Lil’ Band of Gold, featuring Warren Storm.

All those experiences add up to what you hear on Lafayette Marquis – a wham-bam-I-gotta-jam sort of kick in the ass collection of tunes. I didn’t know what to expect from C.C. Adcock and I’m glad. Having any sort of preconceived notions of what he’s about would have ruined the surprise.

Lafayette Marquis is the sort of CD that grows on you. A little swamp, a pinch of blues rock, a couple of dashes of funk, and an incantation or two is all it takes for Adcock to cast his spell on you.

Best served on steamy nights with a cool drink at the ready, especially if you plan on slow dancing to the gentle but bittersweet “Between the Lies.”

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