The Batture Boys
Origin: New Orleans, Louisiana
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The Batture Boys also known as longtime collaborators Tommy Malone(The subdudes) and Ray Ganucheau(The Continental Drifters) are now officially working as a duo. First track off of the debut album is “A Mighty Flood.” Written by Malone, the Katrina-themed song is a gritty blues shuffle that calls up some bad memories (“Called up the office and talked to their answering machine/ They said please hold, and all that I’m holding is my dreams”) before celebrating the city’s resilience (“I know that blood is thicker than water”).
Malone and Ganucheau played everything on the track save the drums, which are by Jimmy Paxson. Producing sessions is Jim Scott, who’s won multiple Grammys for his engineering work with Santana, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Dixie Chicks,and is lately producing Wilco.
The subdudes are an American roots rock group from New Orleans. Their music is a blending of American folk, swamp pop, New Orleans rhythm and blues, Louisiana blues, country, cajun/zydeco, funk, soul and gospel with harmonic vocals. Their sound is notable for the band’s substitution of a tambourine player for a drummer. The subdudes formed in 1987 through a music venue in New Orleans called Tipitinas.
The Continental Drifters were an American rock band, formed in Los Angeles, California in 1991 and dissolved in New Orleans, Louisiana about a decade later. Though the line-up changed several times, at one point the band comprised a kind of college rock/indie-rock/power pop supergroup, including as it did Peter Holsapple of The dB’s, Mark Walton of The Dream Syndicate, Bangle Vicki Peterson and Susan Cowsill of The Cowsills. In 2015, Omnivore Recordings issued a double album retrospective focused on unreleased and live tracks from the band’s long history. In September the band, including all members from both the Los Angeles era and the later New Orleans manifestations, came together for fundraising concerts in New Orleans and Los Angeles.