Pokey LaFarge and the South City Three to release "Riverboat Soul"

Click here to read more about the album Pokey LaFarge and the South City ThreeOn February 16, 2010, Free Dirt Records will release the new album from Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three, "Riverboat Soul." From the first listen, the significance of this title is clear. The Mississippi River runs as an undercurrent through this collection of songs, a tribute to the ragtime and jug band influences of St. Louis, Missouri, the city LaFarge has most recently called home. LaFarge is a neo-hobo, constantly traveling across the country and drawing inspiration from early American roots music. But it's more than his persona that's turning heads; it's the unique blend of raw talent and refined, idiosyncratic charm that's turned reviewers into poets as they attempt to label the one-of-a-kind sound of Pokey LaFarge & The South City Three. While their music may summon the likes of Blind Blake, Dan Hicks, or Leon Redbone, and may be a fitting soundtrack to R. Crumb's comics, don't call it old-timey. Pokey and the South City Three are here to grace our electric world with their uniquely retro sound, throwback and rough around the edges featuring parlor guitar, guitjo (a guitar-tuned six-string banjo) kazoo and harmonica, but all with a modern twist.

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