The Kat Kings – Swingin’ In The Swamp



Nothing says beer drinkin’ and hell raisin’ more that good, old fashioned roots and rock n’ roll music. It’s the music of the early “rebels without a cause” and has had many incarnations over the years with generations of fans worldwide. Following in the traditions of rock’n roll, rockabilly, country and rhythm & blues are Toronto’s The Kat Kings, who deliver their sophomore album Swingin’ In The Swamp on June 10, 2016.


Led by vocalist and guitarist Kevin McQuade, The Kat Kings released their debut album The Winning Hand in 2011 to critical acclaim and quickly became a favourite among DJs in Canada. A cross-country tour was underway when McQuade was sidelined with news of his daughter’s near-fatal traffic accident. Plans for gigs and promo for the album came to a grinding halt and the devoted family man headed home. “All of a sudden touring to support a new record didn’t seem that important”, McQuade recalls.

In this story of second chances, McQuade and The Kat Kings have outdone themselves on the 13 original songs that make up Swingin’ In The Swamp. With swing being the tie that binds jump blues, rock ‘n’ roll, country and rockabilly music together, The Kat Kings deliver what can be described as “bluesabilly” on Swingin’ In The Swamp. The album opens with the danceable numbers “When I Say Jump” and “Poppin’ At Party Time”. B Flat Kat” is a rockabilly gem complete with doghouse bass. The love song “I Work For You” was inspired by Wilson Pickett. “I wrote this song for my wife”, says McQuade. “You have to work hard to keep the home fires burning!” The rollicking “Juke Joint Jimmy” is the true story of a sharkskin-suited patron of the legendary Toronto watering hole Grossman’s Tavern. On the swampy, gospel-infused “Before I Found Him” McQuade takes a darker turn. “I wrote this song about a guy on death row. They interviewed him on TV before his execution and asked him if he had found God. He said he wished God would have found him before he found God”.

The upbeat “Ridin’In Style” follows the familiar theme of hot cars, hot women and a fistful of money to enjoy it with. “I’m Just A Shadow” is a soulful ballad of love lost. Gritty and dark, “It Came From The Swamp” was written in about 20 minutes while McQuade was sitting vigil in the hospital with his daughter. “Til It Feels Alright” is about the things that folks sometimes do that feel wrong and yet oh so right at the same time, is followed by the bluesy “I Got The Fuse”. A straight-ahead New Orleans style rumba, “Late Night Thing” details a man in love who can’t get a handle on the girl he loves until it’s late in the night. The final track is the rockin’ “Baby You Can’t Drink”.

In addition to the exceptional vocals and guitar playing from bandleader Kevin McQuade, The Kat Kings are comprised of an award-winning cast and “who’s who” on the Canadian blues and roots scene including the album’s producer Teddy Leonard (Fathead, The Maple Blues All Stars) on additional guitars, John Dymond (Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Bruce Cockburn, k.d lang) on bass, Chuck Keeping (Big Wreck, Fathead, Suzie McNeil) on drums, and Wayne Dagenais (Joel Johnson) on keys. The album also features Fathead’s singer John Mays on three tracks.

Swingin’ In The Swamp is an unparalleled album filled with originality, thought-provoking lyrics and outright good times destined to elevate the band to wider acclaim and recognition among fans of rockabilly, blues and soul.


Track listing

  1. When I Say Jump 2:16
  2. Poppin’ At Party Time 3:05
  3. B Flat Kat 2:30
  4. I Work For You 4:36
  5. Juke Joint Jimmy 3:06
  6. Before I Found Him 4:36
  7. Ridin’ In Style 2:48
  8. I’m Just A Shadow 3:30
  9. It Came From The Swamp 4:45
  10. Til It Feels Alright 4:03
  11. I Got The Fuse 2:49
  12. Late Night Thing 3:30
  13. Baby You Can’t Drink 3:15

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