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Congo Square (Live)
by Sonny Landreth & Derek Trucks
#SlideGuitar
#Blues

This clip is the opening track from day two of Eric Clapton's Crossroads Festival 2013 at Madison Square Garden in NYC. The song, "Congo Square," was written by Sonny Landreth, Mel Melton, and Dave Ranson, and was originally featured on Landreth's fourth studio album "South of I-10." Landreth and Ranson (bass) were both part of The Goners, one of John Hiatt's frequent backing bands. I believe that is Ranson in the video.

Sonny Landreth and Derek Trucks are two of the finest slide guitar players on the planet. Here is what fretboardjournal.com had to say about their efforts here: "The event opened with slide guitar wizard Sonny Landreth and band offering a couple of scorching instrumentals before Sonny welcomed fellow wizard Derek Trucks to the stage. The set culminated with Landreth’s “Congo Square,” a musically mesmerizing piece with ringing harmonics and adventurous chord forms with lyrics laced with voodoo references and placed in the famous spot in New Orleans’s Louis Armstrong Park. Landreth’s solo showcased screaming slide lines with a bass line moving behind the slide. When the band dropped into half-time, Trucks supplied a horn-like melodic improvisation. The song ended with the guitarists trading fours, twos, and then single bar solos. Even the usually laconic Trucks broke into a wide grin.

Both players would later tell me that they’d wanted to collaborate for some time. As Trucks put it, 'Well, Sonny’s a great guy and I knew the personalities would work. Our styles are so different, though, that I wasn’t sure. But it was great.' Indeed. Landreth told me, 'This is for a great cause and that’s when the best music happens, when there’s a greater goal.'"


Congo Square is an open space, now within Louis Armstrong Park, which is located in the Tremé neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana, just across Rampart Street north of the French Quarter. The Tremé neighborhood is famous for its history of African American music. It is also famous for its voodoo ceremonies.

https://gonola.com/things-to-do-in-new-orleans/arts-culture/nola-history-congo-square-and-the-roots-of-new-orleans-music

"Might be superstition but some kind of somethin'
Goin' on down there
It might be superstition but some kind of somethin'
Goin' on down there
It's an old time tradition when they play their
Drums at night in Congo Square

You can hear 'em in the distance
And the old folks up the bayou say a prayer
You can hear 'em in the distance
And the old folks up the bayou say a prayer
That's when the voodoo people gather
And they play their drums at night in Congo Square
... voodoo people

My eyes were not believin'
What I seen there but I could not turn away
My eyes were not believin'
What I seen there but I could not turn away
They had that mojo in motion
And I seen 'em dance in trance with that snake
... snake dance

It might be superstition
But when I hear 'em in the night I say a prayer
Yeah it might be superstition
But when I hear 'em in the night I say a prayer
Because I respects tradition
Like the kind they carry on in Congo Square
... Congo Square"

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2013 - Rhino - United States
Posted: 11th July 2018
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