by Erin Z. Bass
As I was eating lunch today and listening to the local public radio station, KRVS 88.7, I heard a mention of "Deep South," and my ears perked up. It turned out to be the name of Mississippi native and Lafayette, Louisiana, slide guitar legend Sonny Landreth's song the station was about to play. I'd never heard the song before and after I finished eating, looked up the lyrics.
The last song on Landreth's 2000 Sugar Hill release, Levee Town, which also includes "The U.S.S. Zydecoldsmobile" and "Soul Salvation," "Deep South" talks about pirate Jean Lafitte's buried treasure and the spell of the "sweet keep" of the Deep South. On his website, Landreth explains what what the "sweet keep" is and why he placed "Deep South" as the last track on the album:
“The 'sweet keep' is a protection, something or someone looking out for you. Like the last songs on both 'Outward Bound' and 'South of I-10,' I wanted the last track for this album to offer an affirmation. To 'follow your bliss,' as Joseph Campbell used to say, is to feel the magic that surrounds us with every moment, to put the static of everyday routine on pause
by Erin Z. Bass It started with an EP of five songs, followed by an invitation to open for Brooklyn band the Dirty Projectors during their fall tour. Then came inclusion in NPR's "All Songs Considered." Now, The Givers are working on their first full-length album. And did we mention they're barely old enough to drink?
I first saw The Givers perform at Lafayette's benefit concert for Haiti. They took the stage at Parc International as the first act of the day. It was about 2 p.m., and the sky was dark and cloudy. But when they started playing, African, Caribbean and pop sounds floated out into the crowd, a beautiful voice emerged from Tiffany Lamson, and the approaching storm was forgotten. The band's MySpace page describes the experience as "sounds that gather together melodically and electronically bent forms of African, folk and pop music, but send them underwater, where they are refracted with light and space, changing the overall shape and texture into something refreshingly new, yet at the same time, familiar."
The familiar could come from the fact that you've probably seen these musicians before. This isn't their first band. Guitarist Taylor Guarisco used to turn up at events and gigs