The group Stomp is known for making music out of everything from a deck of cards to garbage cans and the kitchen sink. The central New York band Swamp Drivers has taken that concept a step further by using various items to create their instruments.
On June 22 the Swamp Drivers brought their musical menagerie to Niagara Falls to open the Old Falls Street Summer Concert Series.
After an opening set by Joe and Carina Webber, the Swamp Drivers took the stage for some rocking Blues and good ole rock and roll that features a drum set made from metal garbage cans and a bass player with a two string washtub bass, a bass made from parts of a Harley, and a bass made using a toilet seat – complete with a toilet paper roll.
Then there was band leader Terry Johnson who had a plethora of musical oddities – his guitar was made using a frying pan, a guitar made from parts of a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and instruments made from a garden hoe, a plunger, and a broom.
With all three band members sharing the singing duties, the set list included “Shake it Don’t Break It”, “Keep Your Hands to Yourself”, “Taking Care of Business”, Suzy Q”, “Good Lovin’”, “Sweet Home Alabama”, “Folsom Prison Blues”, “Little Sister”, “Your Mama Don’t Dance (and Your Daddy Don’t Rock and Roll)”, “Shaky Ground”, “Billie Jean”, “Tennessee Whiskey”, “Blues Train”, “Mustang Sally”, and “Take a Look at Yourself”.
While a somewhat odd collection of instruments, they…and the band…lent themselves well to the music of Lynyrd Skynrd, ZZ Top, Bachman Turner Overdrive, Michael Jackson, Joe Walsh, Chris Stapleton, The Marshall Tucker Band, and Eric Clapton.
Rainy skies chased away some concert goers but the crowd that remained braved the raindrops to dance, sing, and have a good time to welcome in the summer season.
A good tight band that is well worth hearing, the Swamp Drivers are well worth seeing over and over…if for nothing else to see what Terry is going to pull out next.